CHICAGO (AP) Oscar Lindberg, Kevin Klein and Derek Stepan scored in the first period, and the New York Rangers ruined Chicago’s Stanley Cup party with a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Wednesday on the first night of the NHL season.
J.T. Miller had two assists and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves for New York.
Cheered on by a sellout crowd of 22,104, with many dressed in their usual red jerseys, the Blackhawks raised the banner for the franchise’s sixth NHL title during a colorful pregame ceremony. Fluorescent balls bounced around the seats and LED wristbands for the fans provided a synchronized lightshow during player introductions and highlight presentations.
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All-Star winger Patrick Kane, the subject of a sexual assault investigation in western New York, heard loud cheers when he skated onto the ice for the Cup celebration. Kane hasn’t been charged.
Artemi Panarin scored in his first NHL game for Chicago, which is trying to become the first team to successfully defend the title since Detroit in 1997-98. Teuvo Teravainen also scored, and Corey Crawford made 24 saves.
CANADIENS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 1
TORONTO (AP) – Carey Price made 36 saves and Montreal beat Toronto, spoiling Mike Babcock’s coaching debut with the Maple Leafs.
Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty scored on Montreal’s first shot against Jonathan Bernier a few minutes in for the first goal of the NHL season. Alex Galchenyuk broke a tie midway through the third period, and Pacioretty added an empty-netter.
James van Riemsdyk had a power-play goal for Toronto early in the second period.
Babcock made the first coach’s challenge in NHL history and was successful in overturning a goal. He challenged Jeff Petry’s apparent goal in the second period, arguing that Tomas Plekanec interfered with Bernier.
SHARKS 5, KINGS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Captain Joe Pavelski had a goal and two assists, and Joonas Donskoi scored in his NHL debut for San Jose.
Joe Thornton and Brent Burns had a goal and an assist apiece, and Tomas Hertl also scored as the Sharks thoroughly dominated their California rivals in coach Peter DeBoer’s successful debut.
Pavelski was outstanding in his first game since being named the permanent captain of the Sharks, who won a season opener at Staples Center for the second straight year.
Martin Jones made 19 saves in his own debut for the Sharks against his former team, stopping everything after the Kings’ first shot. Nick Shore scored 1:49 into the first period.
CANUCKS 5, FLAMES 1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists to lead Vancuver.
Jannik Hansen, Brandon Sutter, Alex Burrows and Henrik Sedin also scored for the Canucks in a rematch of last April’s Western Conference quarterfinals. The Flames won that series in six games to advance to the second round, where they lost in five to Anaheim.
Vancouver defenseman Ben Hutton recorded his first point in his NHL debut with an assist on Hansen’s goal. Canucks goalie Ryan Miller made 29 saves.
Jiri Hudler scored for Calgary and Karri Ramo finished with 39 saves.