CHICAGO – Tyler Seguin scored the only goal in a shootout and the Boston Bruins beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Saturday night in the only regular-season matchup between the last two Stanley Cup champions.
Chris Kelly and Nathan Horton scored in regulation for Boston, which snapped a two-game skid to give coach Claude Julien his 300th NHL win. Nathan’s tying goal at 7:56 of the third sent the game to overtime.
Boston goalie Tim Thomas stopped 27 shots, then was perfect against Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp in the shootout.
Kane and Bryan Bickell scored in regulation for the Blackhawks, who got 35 saves from Corey Crawford.
Defending champion Boston improved to 2-3. Chicago dropped to 2-1-1.
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Mike Richards had a triumphant return to Philadelphia, assisting on Jack Johnson’s power-play goal at 1:39 of overtime to lift Los Angeles over the Flyers.
Richards returned to Philadelphia for the first time since his shocking trade in June. He was the Flyers’ captain and led them to the Stanley Cup finals in 2010.
Richards heard mostly cheers during his pre-game introduction and received a huge ovation when the Flyers thanked him on the big screen for his years of service. The goodwill ended soon after and he was booed each time he touched the puck.
Justin Williams scored twice for the Kings and Jonathan Quick made 32 saves to spoil Philadelphia’s perfect start.
Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk was whistled for tripping in the final moments of regulation, leading to Los Angeles’ power play at the start of overtime.
Matt Carle and Daniel Briere scored for Philadelphia.
PITTSBURGH (AP)—Nathan Gerbe and Luke Adam each had a goal and an assist as Buffalo beat Pittsburgh for the first time in almost two years.
Drew Stafford also scored for the Sabres, who had won in regulation only once in their past 10 trips to Pittsburgh. The Penguins lost in regulation for the first time in six games this season.
James Neal scored for the third consecutive game, extending his NHL-leading goal total to five for Pittsburgh. Jordan Staal added a third-period goal for the Penguins, whose streak of earning at least a point in five straight games to open the season was their best in 17 years.
Still without Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh played this one Evgeni Malkin (knee), too. Crosby, though, took part in the morning skate and is cleared for contact. There still is no timetable for a return to game action.
WASHINGTON (AP)—Marcus Johansson and Nicklas Backstrom scored to lead Washington past Ottawa.
Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun had 33 saves in his third straight start.
Mike Knuble assisted on both goals for Washington, which has won its first four games of the season. This was the Capitals’ first win in regulation.
Peter Regin scored his first goal of the season for Ottawa, which has lost all three of its road games to open the season and four of five overall.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)—John Tavares had three goals, including the tiebreaking goal in the third period, and added an assist for the New York Islanders, who beat the Rangers and gave goalie Evgeni Nabokov a win in his return to the NHL.
The Islanders have won three straight following an opening-night loss and they have Tavares to thank for the past two. He had a pair of go-ahead, power-play goals and his second straight four-point game in front of a sellout crowd that traded cheers for both teams.
Linemate Matt Moulson also scored for the Islanders. Tavares finished his hat trick by scoring into an empty net with 1:03 remaining.
The Rangers got back on the ice for the first time since going 0-0-2 in Sweden, playing for the first time in a week. Marian Gaborik and Brandon Prust each scored a tying goal in the second for the Rangers.
Nabokov got the best of Rangers counterpart Henrik Lundqvist and earned his first regular-season NHL win since beating Phoenix on April 10, 2010, with San Jose.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored twice and Phoenix won its home opener against winless Winnipeg.
The 20-year-old Swedish defenceman, Phoenix’s top draft pick and the sixth selection overall in 2009, has three goals in the team’s first four games.
Daymond Langkow got his first goal of the season 34 seconds in. Ray Whitney had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes. Mike Smith made 18 saves and stopped Nik Antropov’s penalty shot.
Andrew Ladd scored for Winnipeg.
The game featured the original Jets, who moved to Phoenix in 1996, against the new Jets, freshly transferred from Atlanta and still looking for their first victory after three games.
A noisy capacity crowd of 17,132 was in attendance as the Coyotes began their third season under NHL ownership.
TORONTO (AP)—Phil Kessel had two goals and an assist as Toronto overcame an early two-goal deficit, beating Calgary to extend its season-opening winning streak to three games.
Kessel set up Joffrey Lupul’s goal at 1:15 of the second, then tied it at 2 with 3:22 left in the period. He added his fifth goal of the season at 41 seconds of the third.
James Reimer made 30 saves for the Maple Leafs.
Curtis Glencross and Scott Hannan scored in the first period for Calgary.
MONTREAL (AP)—Milan Hejduk and Matt Duchene scored on Colorado’s first two shootout attempts and the Avalanche extended their winning streak to four by beating Montreal.
David Jones had two goals and an assist and Semyon Varlamov made 38 saves for Colorado, which blew three one-goal leads before Kyle Quincey scored with 4:03 left in regulation to send the game to overtime.
Quincey and Paul Stastny each had a goal and an assist and Chuck Kobasew scored his first Avalanche goal.
Brian Gionta, who also had two assists, and David Desharnais scored goals 20 seconds apart in the third to give Montreal a 5-4 lead at 13:17. Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and Travis Moen also scored for the Canadiens, who have lost three of four.
Carey Price, who stopped 24 shots, came up short in his second straight bid for his 100th career win.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)—Marcel Goc scored the lone goal in a shootout and Jose Theodore stopped all three shots he faced during the tiebreaker to lift Florida over Tampa Bay.
Theodore denied Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier to seal a home-opening win for the Panthers. Theodore stopped 28 shots in regulation and overtime.
Marc-Andre Bergeron scored a pair of tying goals in the third period for the Lightning.
Ed Jovanovski got his first goal for Florida in nearly 13 years to open the scoring, and Kris Versteeg’s power-play tally with 2:55 left in regulation gave the Panthers a short-lived 2-1 lead before Bergeron tied it again 39 seconds later.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)—Johan Franzen scored a power-play goal with 48.5 seconds left in overtime, rallying Detroit to a victory over the Minnesota.
Ian White and Jiri Hudler also scored for the Red Wings, who trailed 2-0 in the second period.
Franzen’s goal, upheld by video review, was Detroit’s first power-play tally in 19 chances this season. The Red Wings are off to their first 4-0 start since 1997-98, when they won the Stanley Cup.
Greg Zanon and Cal Clutterbuck scored for Minnesota, which was outshot 41-14.
DALLAS (AP)—Sheldon Souray and Michael Ryder scored third-period goals to help Dallas defeat Columbus.
Mike Ribeiro added three assists for the Stars, who improved to 4-0 at home. Brenden Morrow and Loui Eriksson also had goals for Dallas.
Vinny Prospal got the first power-play goal of the season for the Blue Jackets. Alexandre Giroux also scored for Columbus (0-4-1), still looking for its first win this season.
The Blue Jackets were outshot 33-15.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise each scored in a shootout to lead New Jersey past Nashville.
Kovalchuk also had a power-play goal and David Clarkson added a goal for the Devils in their second straight shootout win. New Jersey goalie Johan Hedberg stopped Sergei Kostitsyn’s penalty shot in the first period.
Colin Wilson and Jerred Smithson scored for Nashville.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Kent Huskins and Alexander Steen scored in the third period to lift St. Louis over San Jose.
Matt D’Agostini and David Backes also scored for the Blues, who ended a three-game losing streak to the Sharks by winning their first game at San Jose in nearly two years.
Brent Burns and Michal Handzus scored for the Sharks, who lost their second game in two nights.
Brian Elliott stopped 34 shots to win his season debut.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—Sami Salo scored twice and Vancouver overcame a hat trick by rookie sensation Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to beat Edmonton.
Henrik Sedin and Alexandre Burrows each added a goal for the Canucks, who improved to 2-2-1 after losing to Boston in the Stanley Cup finals last season.
With the score tied 3-all, Salo capitalized on a turnover in the Oilers zone midway through the third period and ripped a wrist shot from the high slot under the arm of goalie Devan Dubnyk.
The victory spoiled a breakout performance by Nugent-Hopkins, the No. 1 pick in last summer’s entry draft.