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DALLAS - Kari Lehtonen stopped 37 shots, Alex Goligoski and Jamie Benn scored second-period goals, and the Dallas Stars gave coach Glen Gulutzan a victory in his NHL debut, holding off the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Friday night in the opener for both teams.

Lehtonen was at his best in the second period, making a series of sliding saves while Chicago built a 22-12 shots advantage, a total pumped up by three power plays.

Lehtonen came up with a key stop with about five minutes left on Jamal Mayers' short-handed attempt from the left circle, and denied Patrick Sharp on a solo rush with four minutes remaining.

With goalie Corey Crawford on the bench in favour of a sixth attacker, Nick Leddy scored from the left circle with 13.6 seconds to play as Chicago avoided the shutout. Crawford made 31 saves.

The teams will meet again Saturday night in Chicago.

STOCKHOLM (AP)—Jack Johnson scored on a power play at 4:08 of overtime to lift Los Angeles past New York.

Mike Richards tied it with 4:59 left in the third, and set up Johnson's goal. Anze Kopitar also had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for the Kings.

Ryan Callahan and Marian Gaborik scored for New York. Swedish star Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves.

On Saturday night, the Rangers will play Anaheim in Stockholm, and the Kings will face Buffalo in Berlin.

HELSINKI (AP)—Thomas Vanek scored two power-play goals, and Ryan Miller made 29 saves to help Buffalo open the season with a victory over Anaheim.

Ville Leino, a Finn playing in his former home arena, scored in his Sabres debut, and Jason Pominville had a goal and two assists. Nate Guenin scored for Anaheim.

DETROIT (AP)—Cory Emmerton had a goal and an assist to lead Detroit past Ottawa.

Todd Bertuzzi, Nicklas Lidstrom, Jiri Hudler and Ian White also scored for Detroit and Drew Miller had two assists. Jimmy Howard made 29 saves.

Milan Michalek scored twice, and Filip Kuba added a goal for Ottawa. It was Paul MacLean's first game as the Senators' coach after six seasons as an assistant coach with the Red Wings.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Ryan Suter had a goal and an assist and Craig Smith scored his first NHL goal in Nashville's victory over Columbus.

Matt Halischuk also scored for the Predators, 11-5-2 on Columbus' home ice since 2006-07 and 18-11-3 overall. Pekka Rinne had 32 saves.

Rick Nash and Vinny Prospal each had a goal and an assist for Columbus. Jeff Carter, the former Philadelphia star acquired in a blockbuster deal this summer, had two assists.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist, and Dwayne Roloson stopped 32 shots to lead Tampa Bay past Carolina.

Vincent Lecavalier scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period. Steve Downie, Adam Hall and Ryan Malone scored during a 4:36 span in the third. Steven Stamkos added two assists.

Jeff Skinner scored and Cam Ward made 29 saves for the Hurricanes.


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