COLUMBUS, Ohio – James Wisniewski made his long-awaited Columbus debut after serving an eight-game suspension, and rookie Ryan Johansen scored his first career goal and added an assist to give the Blue Jackets their first win of the season, 4-1 over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
R.J. Umberger had a goal and an assist, rookie John Moore scored his first NHL goal and Derek MacKenzie had one into an empty net for Columbus, which entered as the only winless club at 0-7-1, the worst start in team history.
Grant Clitsome added a career-best three assists and goalie Steve Mason, who was shaken up on Detroit’s first goal and left for a few minutes, rebounded with a sturdy performance and 30 saves.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)—Pascal Dupuis and Richard Park had goals, and Marc-Andre Fleury was sharp in making 33 saves in his 20th NHL shutout as the Penguins earned their fourth straight win by beating the Islanders.
Star centre Evgeni Malkin returned to the Penguins’ depleted lineup after missing five games because of his troublesome right knee, but Pittsburgh didn’t need any offence from him to send the Islanders to their third straight loss following a three-game winning streak.
Jordan Staal added his sixth of the season, scoring into an empty net off an assist from Dupuis, with 2 minutes left.
Malkin sat out seven of the previous eight games, and the Penguins hardly missed him. Pittsburgh is 7-2-2 through an NHL-high 11 games.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Jason Spezza beat Cam Ward between the pads on the second round of the shootout, giving the Senators a win over the Hurricanes.
Ottawa led 2-0 with five minutes to play before late goals from Tuomo Ruutu and Jeff Skinner forced extra play.
Spezza and Zenon Konopka had the Senators’ goals in regulation.
The win, Ottawa
Spezza has five goals and 12 points on the season. Skinner has four goals and 10 points. The Hurricanes outshot the Senators 15-5 and had two power-play opportunities in a scoreless first period before the visitors took the momentum until the final 5 minutes. BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)—Mathieu Garon made 36 saves to help lift the Lightning to a sweep of their home-and-home series with the Sabres. Vincent Lecavalier, Nate Thompson, Steven Stamkos, and Ryan Malone all scored for the Lightning (4-3-2), who defeated the Sabres 3-0 on Saturday in Tampa Bay. Garon made his third straight start after registering his 20th career shutout Saturday. He tightened up after allowing two goals on Buffalo’s first three shots, giving Tampa Bay a chance to erase an early two-goal deficit and win its third straight. Brad Boyes had a goal and assist, and Thomas Vanek and Nathan Gerbe scored for the Sabres (5-3-0), who’ve now squandered leads in both of their losses in Buffalo so far this season. Sharks 3, Predators 1 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Joe Pavelski scored twice to lead San Jose. Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks. Rookie Craig Smith had the lone Nashville goal. The Sharks started the season with just one victory in their first four games but have won three straight. Nashville has lost five of six. Just 57 seconds after Smith tied the game at 1, Pavelski grabbed a loose puck behind the Nashville goal and stuffed it just inside the right post past Pekka Rinne. Couture scored the game’s first goal at 14:22 of the opening period. Pavelski added an empty net goal with 1:12 to play. Blackhawks 3, Ducks 2, SO CHICAGO (AP)—Patrick Kane scored the winning goal in the shootout and had two assists in regulation for Chicago. Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp scored for Chicago, which has won three of four and recorded at least one point in seven of its eight games. Teemu Selanne had a goal and an assist for the Ducks in Randy Carlyle’s 500th game as Anaheim’s head coach. Ryan Getzlaf scored in the opener of the Ducks’ seven-game road trip. Oilers 3, Canucks 2 EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—Nikolai Khabibulin made 35 saves and Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist each for Edmonton. Shawn Horcoff scored for the Oilers (4-2-2), who won their second straight. Cody Hodgson and Alexandre Burrows responded for the Canucks (4-4-1). Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo was pulled in the second period after allowing three goals on 14 shots. He was replaced by Cory Schneider who stopped all eight shots he faced. Edmonton had some potentially disastrous news midway through the first as star defenceman Ryan Whitney got his skate tied up with teammate Corey Potter and went down hard before limping off the ice. Whitney only played 35 games last season and missed the first four games this season, still recovering from off-season surgery to his right ankle. GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Trevor Daley scored on Dallas’ eighth shootout attempt after Adam Burish tied it with 61 seconds left in regulation, helping the Stars beat Phoenix for their second comeback victory over the Coyotes in two weeks. Dallas rallied to beat Phoenix in a shootout after scoring with 27 seconds left on Oct. 10 and forced another on Burish’s one-timer past Mike Smith. Both teams scored just one goal in the first seven rounds while trading misses and saves, setting up Daley’s backhand winner on his first career shootout attempt. Shane Doan scored his 300th career goal and Raffi Torres had his first goal for Phoenix. Sheldon Souray scored for the Stars and Kari Lehtonen stopped 33 shots in regulation. LOS ANGELES (AP)—Dainius Zubrus scored two of New Jersey’s three second-period goals and ended the Kings’ franchise-record shutout streak after more than 221 minutes. Johan Hedberg made 31 saves in his 18th career shutout, and Patrik Elias had a goal and an assist as the Devils snapped the Kings’ four-game winning streak with their second win over Los Angeles this month. Jonathan Bernier stopped 20 shots while Kings coach Terry Murray gave a night off to Jonathan Quick, who set a club record with three consecutive shutouts last week. The longest stretch of scoreless defence in the Kings’ 44-year history ended at 221 minutes, 22 seconds when Zubrus charged the crease and muscled a rebound past Bernier.