DETROIT (AP) Justin Abdelkader had a hat trick and Dylan Larkin scored in his NHL debut, helping the Detroit Red Wings beat the Mike Babcock-led Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 on Friday night.
Jimmy Howard stopped 21 shots for his 21st career shutout for the Red Wings, who won their season-opening game and dropped Toronto to 0-2 with its $50 million coach.
The Maple Leafs lured Babcock away from Detroit with an eight-year contract that more than doubled what any other coach is making is making per season in the league.
Abdelkader scored on Detroit’s first shot, making the most of a power play 1:15 into the game. He had another goal midway through the first period off a centering pass from Larkin.
Larkin scored 20 seconds into the second to chase Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier, and Abdelkader completed the hat trick at 3:54 of the period.
BLACKHAWKS 3, ISLANDERS 2, OT
NEW YORK (AP) – Patrick Kane scored on a power play at 1:49 of overtime to lift Chicago past New York, spoiling the Islanders’ Brooklyn debut.
With the Blackhawks awarded an extra skater after a slashing penalty on the Islanders’ Nick Leddy during the 3-on-3 overtime, Kane sent the puck toward the middle of the net from the right side.
Kane is the subject of a sexual assault investigation in western New York. He hasn’t been charged, and has said he expects to be exonerated.
Kane also scored in the second period, Artem Anisimov added a goal and Corey Crawford stopped 34 shots. John Tavares and Marek Zidlicky scored for the Islanders.
RANGERS 4, BLUE JACKETS 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Mats Zuccarello had two goals and the New York Rangers scored three times in a 1:17 span in the third period to rally past Columbus.
Brandon Saad, the Blue Jackets’ blockbuster acquisition in the offseason, scored on a power play at 16:10 of the third to give the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead in their season opener.
But after a Columbus turnover, Oscar Lindberg netted a low shot for his second goal in two games to tie it at 2. Just 17 seconds later, Kevin Hayes made it 3-2 with a shot from the right corner along the end line that found its way past Sergei Bobrovsky. Zuccarello capped the scoring a minute later.
Henrik Lundqvist finished with 21 saves for New York.
Cam Atkinson also scored for the Blue Jackets.
COYOTES 4, KINGS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Max Domi had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut to help Arizona beat Los Angeles.
Mike Smith made 40 saves for the Coyotes in their opener after a tumultuous summer that featured a contentious battle over the terms their arena lease.
Zbynek Michalek, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Tobias Rieder also scored for Arizona.
Domi became the first player to score multiple points in his debut with the Coyotes franchise since current captain Shane Doan had two assists for the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 7, 1995, according to Stats LLC.
Tyler Toffoli has a short-handed goal for Los Angeles. The Kings lost their second straight after opening with a 5-1 home loss to San Jose on Wednesday night.
JETS 3, DEVILS 1
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler each had a goal and an assist in a big second period and Winnipeg beat New Jersey to spoil John Hynes’ NHL coaching debut.
Mathieu Perreault had two assists in the three-goal second period and Michael Hutchinson made 20 saves to help the Jets won for the second time in two nights. They opened with a 6-2 victory at Boston.
Mark Scheifele ignited the Winnipeg outburst with his second goal of the season.
Jiri Tlusty scored for New Jersey in his debut. It was actually an own goal that Winnipeg defenseman Jacob Trouba fired into his own net trying to clear a puck in front.