Necas lifts returning Hurricanes past Lightning, 1-0 in OT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Martin Necas beat Andrei Vasilevskiy at 1:12 of overtime and Carolina beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0 on Thursday night in the Hurricanes’ return from a pause due to COVID-19 concerns.

Necas scored off a perfect feed from Jordan Staal on the left side, charging in to put the puck past Vasilevskiy’s attempted save. That came after both Vasilevskiy and Carolina’s Petr Mrazek stopped everything that came their way through three periods.

Vasilevskiy made 34 saves, and Mrazek had 32.

The Hurricanes had played just three games before having to shut down workouts and postpone four games due to COVID-19 protocols, the first coming nine days ago. Carolina ultimately had six players go on the NHL’s daily unavailability list, with Staal returning in time to play this game but five others — including forward Teuvo Teravainen and defenseman Jaccob Slavin — still sidelined.

CAPITALS 6, ISLANDERS 3

WASHINGTON (AP) — Zdeno Chara scored for the first time with his new team to cap a five-goal second period, and Washington came back to stun New York.

The Islanders led 3-0 before Washington scored four goals in 5:09. Conor Sheary scored his first two with the Capitals, Garnet Hathaway tied it and John Carlson gave them the lead on the power play.

Then Chara’s slapper from just inside the blue line beat Semyon Varlamov clean, making it five straight goals in under 10 minutes. The 43-year-old former Boston Bruins captain was mobbed by teammates at the bench.

Vitek Vanecek made 27 saves, and Tom Wilson scored an empty-netter.

Oliver Wahlstrom, Casey Cizikas and Anders Lee scored for New York.

CANADIENS 4, FLAMES 2

MONTREAL (AP) — Carey Price made 23 saves, Brendan Gallagher, Shea Weber, Josh Anderson and Tyler Toffoli scored and unbeaten Montreal beat the Flames in the Canadiens’ home opener.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Jonathan Drouin each had two assists to help the Canadiens improve to 5-0-2.

Sam Bennett ended Price’s shutout bid with 1:18 left. Rasmus Andersson added a second power-play goal with 22.7 seconds to play.

The teams will meet again Saturday night in Montreal.

BRUINS 4, PENGUINS 1

BOSTON (AP) — Anders Bjork’s pass deflected off a defender’s rear end and Sean Kuraly’s leg to break a second-period tie in Boston’s victory over Pittsburgh.

Patrice Bergeron had two goals and Chris Wagner also scored to help Boston win its fourth straight. Jaroslav Halak stopped 16 shots for the Bruins’ second victory over Pittsburgh in three days.

Cody Ceci scored for Pittsburgh.

STARS 7, RED WINGS 3

DALLAS (AP) — Joe Pavelski scored his fourth goal of the season, Jake Oettinger stopped 20 shots in his first NHL start and Dallas beat Detroit to finish undefeated on a season-opening, four-game homestand.

Denis Gurianov had a goal and two assists, Ty Dellandrea had his first NHL goal and first assist — both coming in the final 5:08 when Dallas stretched out a one-goal lead. Andrew Cogliano, Jamie Oleksiak, Justin Dowling and John Klingberg added goals for the defending Western Conference champion Stars.

Valtteri Filppula, Tyler Bertuzzi and Danny DeKeyser scored for Detroit.

FLYERS 3, DEVILS 1

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Carter Hart made 33 saves and fourth-line forward Michael Raffl scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period in Philadelphia’s victory over New Jersey.

Captain Claude Giroux scored his first of the year and defenseman Nate Prosser had his first since April 2018 to help the Flyers sweep the two-game series in New Jersey.

Damon Severson scored for New Jersey.

RANGERS 3, SABRES 2, OT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — No. 1 draft pick Alexis Lafreniere scored his first goal 2:47 into overtime to lift New York past Buffalo.

Artemi Panarin had a goal and set up Ryan Strome’s goal, and the Rangers snapped an 0-3-1 skid to win for just the second time this season.

Igor Shesterkin stopped 23 shots for his first win since taking over the starting duties following Henrik Lunqvist’s offseason departure.

Sam Reinhart had a goal and assist and Jack Eichel also scored for Buffalo.

BLUE JACKETS 3, PANTHERS 2, SO

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alexandre Texier slickly beat Chris Driedger in the fourth round of a shootout to help Columbus beat Florida.

Texier skated slowly in on Chris Driedger and poked the puck between his pads with the back of his stick. Columbus’ Elvis Merzlikins sealed it by denying Patric Hornqvist, who scored the winning goal in a shootout between the teams Tuesday night.

Florida’s Eetu Luostarinen tied it in the third period, and Carter Verhaeghe also had a goal for the Panthers. Driedger finished with 29 saves.

Mikko Koivu and Max Domi scored, and Merzlikins had 33 saves for Columbus.

COYOTES 3, DUCKS 2

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Christian Dvorak scored his second goal late in the third period, Darcy Kuemper stopped 14 shots and Arizona beat Anaheim.

Dvorak scored Arizona’s first goal in nearly 190 minutes in the second period and put the Coyotes ahead on a power-play goal with 4 1/2 minutes left.

Kuemper stopped Kevin Shattenkirk on a short-handed breakaway just before Dvorak’s second goal and helped Arizona withstand a late power play. Conor Garland also scored for Arizona.

Danton Heinen and Jakob Silfverberg scored for Anaheim.

AVALANCHE 3, SHARKS 0

DENVER (AP) — Nazem Kadri had two goals, one midway through the third period to snap a scoreless tie, and Colorado beat San Jose.

Kadri also had an assist, Philipp Grubauer had 21 saves and Andre Burakovsky scored for the Avalanche.

Devan Dubnyk made 35 saves for San Jose. The Sharks finished 3-5 on their eight-game trip to open the season.

WILD 6, KINGS 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov scored the second goal of his rookie season to cap Minnesota’s three-goal first period and the Wild beat Los Angele.

Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist, and Kevin Fiala, Nick Bjugstad and Joel Eriksson Ek also scored for Minnesota. Kaapo Kahkonen made 32 saves.

Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty and Alex Iafallo scored for Los Angeles.

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