NEW YORK – The Winnipeg Jets are off to a fast start on their season as they dumped the Kings on Friday night. Meanwhile, Colorado is also off to a quick start winning 3-1 over the Predators who are now 0-2 on the young season.
The best match of the night went to the Senators-Sabres. Erik Karlsson scored late in regulation to give Ottawa the 1-0 win.
An interesting match-up this evening is the Phoenix-San Jose tilt. The Coyotes burned the New York Rangers on opening night and may surprise more than a few with stronger this season.
Ottawa 1, Buffalo 0
NY Islanders 4, New Jersey 3 (SO)
Detroit 3, Carolina 2 (OT)
Calgary 4, Columbus 3
Winnipeg 5, Los Angeles 3
Colorado 3, Nashville 1
SENS SQUEAK OUT VICTORY
Ottawa’s Craig Anderson and Buffalo’s Ryan Miller – two hopefuls for the U.S. Olympic team – combined to make 80 saves as the Senators edged the Sabres, 1-0, on Erik Karlsson’s goal with 1:35 remaining in regulation. The teams combined for 39 first-period shots (OTT: 23, BUF: 16), the most in a scoreless period since 1967.
Anderson stopped all 35 shots he faced to pick up his 23rd career shutout and second against the Sabres (also Feb. 12, 2013). Miller finished with 45 saves, tied for the second-most of his career and his highest total since making a career-best 48 stops versus the Maple Leafs on Jan. 8, 2010.
Karlsson’s tally marked the second time he has scored the lone goal in an NHL game – he also did so in a victory over the Bruins on Feb. 28, 2012. The only other defensemen in Senators history who have scored in a 1-0 game are Steve Duchesne (vs. Buffalo on April 12, 1997) and Wade Redden (at Calgary on Jan. 9, 2003).
NEW FACES LEAD COMEBACK
Offseason acquisitions Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss helped the Red Wings overcome a two-goal, third-period deficit to beat the Hurricanes in overtime.
Alfredsson recorded his first point as a Red Wing by collecting the primary assist on Henrik Zetterberg’s game-tying goal with 16.4 seconds remaining in regulation. The six-time All-Star had totaled 426-682—1,108 over the past 17 seasons as a member of the Senators.
Weiss scored the game-winning goal with 1:47 left in overtime, his first goal/point as a Red Wing after recording 145-249—394 in 654 career games with the Panthers. He became only the second player in Red Wings history to score his first regular-season goal with the team in overtime – Marian Hossa also did so on Oct. 18, 2008, versus the Rangers.
More familiar faces in new places made an impact in Friday’s games:
Playing in his 1,201st NHL game and first with the Hurricanes, Radek Dvorak scored the opening goal of the contest. Fellow newcomer Nathan Gerbe also found the back of the net in his first game with the team.
Free-agent acquisitions Damien Brunner and Michael Ryder combined for the Devils’ three goals in their home opener.
T.J. Galiardi scored his first goal in a Flames uniform, while Devin Setoguchi added a pair in his second game with the Jets.
MACKINNON TAKES ROUND ONE
The Avalanche defeated the Predators, 3-1, in the first meeting between highly-touted draft picks Nathan MacKinnon (No. 1 overall) and Seth Jones (No. 4). MacKinnon picked up his third assist of the season, while Jones played a game-high 25:46. The teams face off three more times this season, with their next meeting Nov. 6 in Denver.
Sean Monahan, the sixth overall pick in June’s draft, scored his first career NHL goal to give the Flames an early lead. At 18 years, 357 days (on Friday), Monahan became the second player this season to record his first goal before his 19th birthday, joining Florida’s Aleksander Barkov (18 years, 31 days) . . . Evander Kane (1-2—3) and Devin Setoguchi (2-1—3) each had three-point nights to lead the Jets to their first-ever win in a home opener . . . Olli Jokinen scored the go-ahead goal for Winnipeg, the 300th of his career in his 1,089th NHL game . . . Michael Grabner (2-1—3) became the third player in Islanders history to record at least two goals and one assist in the team’s first game of a season, joining Travis Green (2-1—3 in 1995-96) and Mike Comrie (2-2—4 in 2007-08) . . . After missing the majority of last season due to injury, Matt Greene scored the Kings’ opening goal, his first of the regular season since March 6, 2012 . . . Golf legend Jack Nicklaus dropped the ceremonial first puck in Columbus.
SNEAK PEEK AT SATURDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Detroit @ Boston, 7:00 p.m., NHLN-US, FS-D, NESN
Ottawa @ Toronto, 7:00 p.m., CBC
Philadelphia @ Montreal, 7:00 p.m., CBC, RDS, CSN-PH
Columbus @ NY Islanders, 7:00 p.m., FS-O, MSG Plus
Buffalo @ Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m., MSG-B, ROOT
Tampa Bay @ Chicago, 8:00 p.m., SUN, CSN-CH
Florida @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., FS-F, FS-MW
Washington @ Dallas, 8:00 p.m., CSN-DC, TXA 21
Anaheim @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., PRIME, FS-N
Edmonton @ Vancouver, 10:00 p.m., CBC
Phoenix @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., CSN-CA
Original Six clubs Detroit and Boston face off for the first time as Atlantic Division rivals when they meet on NHLN-US. The teams haven’t competed in the same division in 40 years, when they were both members of the East. The Red Wings have won their last four meetings, with the Bruins’ most recent victory coming on Nov. 29, 2008.
TRIO OF GAMES ON HNIC
The first Saturday of the 2013-14 season features three games on Hockey Night in Canada. The Battle of Ontario is renewed as the Senators visit the Maple Leafs for the first of four meetings this season; Toronto won four of their five matchups in 2012-13. Daniel Briere, who spent the last six seasons of his NHL career in Philadelphia, takes on his former team for the first time as the Canadiens welcome the Flyers to Bell Centre. And new bench boss John Tortorella and Vancouver play their home opener versus Pacific Division rival Edmonton.
* Research from the Elias Sports Bureau was used in compilation of these notes.