ST. LOUIS (AP) Rookie Robby Fabbri broke a tie midway through the third period to help the St. Louis Blues beat Edmonton 3-1 on Thursday night, spoiling Oilers rookie Connor McDavid’s NHL debut.
Vladimir Tarasenko had the tying goal for the Blues in the second period, and Troy Brouwer added an empty-netter with 18 seconds remaining in the third. Brian Elliott finished with 23 saves.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored in the first period for Edmonton, and Cam Talbot stopped 28 shots.
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McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft, took 22 shifts, played 18:07 and was on the ice for Brouwer’s goal. He had two shots on goal, and struggled on faceoffs – winning only three of 13.
WILD 5, AVALANCHE 4
DENVER (AP) – Zach Parise scored three times, including the tiebreaker in the third period, and Minnesota overcame a three-goal deficit to beat Colorado.
Trailing 4-1 in the final period, the Wild had four goals in a 5:07 span to stun the Avalanche. Parise scored twice, and Thomas Vanek and Nino Niederreiter added goals.
Parise beat Semyon Varlamov with a slap shot to put Minnesota up for good midway through the third. Colorado pulled Varlamov for an extra skater in the final minute but couldn’t score on Devan Dubnyk.
Jarome Iginla, Erik Johnson and Gabriel Landeskog had first-period goals for Colorado, and John Mitchell scored in the second.
JETS 6, BRUINS 2
BOSTON (AP) – Chris Thorburn and Nicolas Petan scored in the third period after Boston came within one goal, and Winnipeg opened the season with a victory.
It was the first victory for the former Atlanta Thrashers in Boston since 2007, before the franchise moved to Winnipeg. The Bruins had beaten the Thrashers and Jets 13 consecutive times in Boston.
Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves for the Jets. Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Drew Stafford scored in the second period to give the Jets a 3-1 lead.
David Pastrnak stickhandled along the left side before wristing it past Pavelec to make it 3-2 early in the third. But less than 4 minutes later, Thorburn sneaked through the defense and put a bouncing puck past Rask to make it 4-2. Petan deflected a puck off his skate and into the net midway through the final period to make it 5-2. Alexander Burmistrov added an empty-netter
David Krejci also scored for Boston, and Tuukka Rask made 26 saves.
LIGHTNING 3, FLYERS 2, OT
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Jason Garrison scored his second goal of the game in overtime to lift Tampa Bay past Philadelphia in Flyers coach Dave Hakstol’s NHL debut.
Garrison scored on a breakaway at 2:17 of the extra session, the NHL’s first 3-on-3 overtime in the regular season. The NHL moved overtime from 4-on-4 to the new setup this season.
Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop faced his second penalty shot 1:27 into overtime and made a pad save on Scott Laughton. The Lightning also got a goal from Ryan Callahan.
Matt Read and Brayden Schenn scored for the Flyers. Hakstol spent the past 11 seasons coaching at the University of North Dakota.
SENATORS 3, SABRES 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Kyle Turris scored twice and Ottawa won a coach’s challenge to overturn a Buffalo goal in the Senators’ victory over the Sabres.
The outcome was essentially decided with 9:26 remaining, when Buffalo’s Evander Kane scored on a wraparound that would have tied it at 2. Senators coach Dave Cameron challenged the goal, and a video review showed Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons was offside.
Kane’s disallowed goal came 1:23 after Sabres 18-year-old rookie center Jack Eichel scored a power-play goal. Curtis Lazar sealed it with an empty-netter with 1:04 left. Craig Anderson made 26 saves for the victory.
STARS 3, PENGUINS 0
DALLAS (AP) – Antti Niemi made 37 saves for his 33rd shutout and assisted on two goals in his Dallas debut, leading the Stars past Pittsburgh.
Ales Hemsky had a power-play goal and an assist, Matthias Janmark scored on his first shot on his first shift in an NHL game, and Jamie Benn also had a power-play goal.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves for Pittsburgh.
PREDATORS 2, HURRICANES 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Craig Smith had a power-play goal and Nashville scored twice in the first period against Carolina.
Viktor Arvidsson scored the first NHL goal, and Seth Jones had two assists. Pekka Rinne made 25 saves, allowing only Eric Staal’s goal with 1:40 left. The Hurricanes lost defenseman James Wisniewski early to a lower-body injury.