BOSTON – Milan Hejduk scored with 12:03 left in the third period and Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots for his fifth NHL shutout, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday.
The Stanley Cup champion Bruins have lost two of three to start the season.
Hejduk scored the Avalanche’s first goal of the season. They lost 3-0 at home to Detroit in their opener Saturday night. Varlamov had 36 saves in that defeat.
Hejduk collected a loose puck along the boards, cut to the right circle and sent a wrist shot that slipped inside the right post by Tuukka Rask, who appeared to be partially screened by teammate Zdeno Chara.
Rask stopped 35 shots in his first start of the season. Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas played the first two games for Boston.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Alexandre Burrows’ power-play goal midway through the third period capped the Canucks’ comeback victory that sent the Blue Jackets to their first 0-3 start in franchise history.
Chris Higgins and Cody Hodgson also scored for the Canucks. Cory Schneider had 23 saves, almost half of which came in the opening period.
Cam Atkinson scored his first NHL goal and Vinny Prospal also scored for Columbus, which had opened seasons 0-2 twice before in their 11 seasons.
The Blue Jackets were 0 for 5 on the power play and are now 0 for 16 with a man advantage on the season.
WASHINGTON (AP)—Matt Hendricks and Alexander Semin scored shootout goals to give Washington the victory in the teams’ first meeting since the Lightning swept the Capitals in four games in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last season.
The Capitals have won their first two games—one in overtime and the second in a shootout.
Tampa Bay, which is playing its first five games on the road, has lost two of three.
Hendricks was the first shooter in the shootout and he beat Dwayne Roloson, and after Nate Thompson and Dominic Moore failed to cover for the Lightning, Semin’s shot secured the win.
Jason Chimera scored two goals for Washington.
DALLAS (AP)—Mike Ribeiro beat Phoenix goalie Mike Smith with the shootout winner, giving Dallas the victory.
Loui Eriksson’s first goal of the season tied it with 28 seconds remaining in regulation and he scored on Dallas’ first shootout attempt.
The shootout remained 1-0 until the Coyotes’ last of three attempts, when Shane Doan’s shot deflected off Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen and into the top of the net. Ribeiro followed with a shot under Smith’s right arm.
In the third period, Eriksson deflected Sheldon Souray’s drive from the left point over Smith’s left shoulder to tie it.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Ilya Kovalchuk scored the deciding goal and added two assists, and Johan Hedberg made 24 saves in New Jersey’s first victory this season.
Zach Parise had two goals, and Mark Fayne another for New Jersey, which beat Carolina for a sixth straight time at home. Hedberg, Martin Brodeur’s backup, drew an early start after not making his first start last year until the eighth game. He improved to 4-0 over the last two seasons against the Hurricanes.
Alexei Ponikarovsky and Chad LaRose scored for the Hurricanes (0-2-1). Cam Ward made 22 saves.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)—Andrew MacDonald and Frans Nielsen scored first-period goals and the New York Islanders hung on to beat Minnesota.
Al Montoya made 20 saves in his second straight start over Rick DiPietro. Unlike his outing in the season-opening 2-0 loss to Florida on Saturday, Montoya got some offence and held off the Wild to give the Islanders their first win of the season.
Montoya lost his shutout bid 1:13 into the third period when Matt Cullen scored his second goal in two games. Minnesota lost its first road game of the season after opening with a 4-2 home win over Columbus on Saturday.
New York managed to hold off the Wild despite being outshot 19-5 after their impressive first period.
Minnesota had chances to at least get even, but failed to connect on five power-play opportunities—including a 44-second, two-man advantage in the second period that didn’t generate a shot, and a pair of third-period advantages.
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and an assist to lead St. Louis to its first win of the season.
Alex Steen, Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk and Jason Arnott also scored, and Andy McDonald added a pair of assists for the Blues, who got 15 saves from Jaroslav Halak.
Curtis Glencross and Jarome Iginla scored for Calgary, which has dropped its first two games of the season. Henrik Karlsson got the start instead of Miikka Kiprusoff and stopped 30 shots.