EDMONTON – Jordan Eberle scored a beautiful short-handed goal in his NHL debut and Edmonton got the regular season off to a good start with a victory over rival Calgary.
Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 37 shots for the shutout in his first regular-season start since he injured his back last November.
Gilbert Brule, Ales Hemsky and new captain Shawn Horcoff also scored for the Oilers, who lost all six meetings with the Flames last season en route to the posting the NHL’s worst record.
New Oilers head coach Tom Renney celebrated the victory in his debut as Edmonton’s coach.
TORONTO (AP)—Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 26 saves, and Toronto edged short-handed Montreal in the regular-season opener for both teams.
Giguere kicked away Andrei Kostitsyn’s great chance early and wisely poke-checked the puck off Lars Eller’s stick in the third period with the Maple Leafs clinging to a one-goal lead.
Giguere also weathered a late storm as the Canadiens pushed for the tying goal, sticking out his left pad to deny Montreal captain Brian Gionta twice from in close.
Tim Brent, Phil Kessel, Clarke MacArthur scored for the Maple Leafs, who won their first home opener since October 2000.
Dustin Boyd and Jeff Halpern each had a goal in their first game with Montreal.
HELSINKI, FINLAND (AP)—Brandon Sutter scored twice and the Carolina Hurricanes held on to beat the Minnesota Wild.
Anton Babchuk, back after a year in the Russian KHL, and Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Hurricanes.
Brent Burns scored for Minnesota with 3:21 left, but Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward made a late save to preserve the win.
Guillaume Latendresse scored for Minnesota 3:33 into the game, but Sutter tied it on a power play with 10 seconds left in the first period.
New Minnesota centre Matt Cullen tied it 2-2 against his former team with a power-play goal in the second period.
PITTSBURGH (AP)—Surprise starter Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots in his NHL debut, Danny Briere and Blair Betts scored the first two goals, and Philadelphia spoiled Pittsburgh’s debut game in its new arena.
For the first time in their 44-season history, the Penguins played a home game in a brand-new building as an above-capacity 18,289 jammed into the Consol Energy Arena—a building made certain only after Sidney Crosby’s arrival in 2005 rejuvenated hockey interest in Pittsburgh.
Claude Giroux also scored for the Flyers.
Alex Goligoski recorded Pittsburgh’s first power-play tally of the season, and Tyler Kennedy added the Penguins’ second goal of the third period.
DENVER (AP)—Paul Stastny scored two goals, including the game-winner 3:40 into overtime, to lift Colorado over defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago.
Chris Stewart and Matt Duchene also scored after the Avalanche honoured their 1996 Cup-winning team in a pre-game ceremony.
Stastny’s winning goal from in front was set up by a pass out of the corner by Duchene. Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco got a piece of the puck, but it trickled into the net.
Patrick Sharp tied the game midway through the third period for Chicago. Bryan Bickell and Marian Hossa also scored for the Blackhawks, who have dropped five of their last six season openers.
Craig Anderson was solid for the Avalanche, stopping a flurry of shots late in regulation and finishing with 35 saves.
Turco stopped 37 shots.