PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots for his 250th NHL victory and franchise-record 24th shutout, and Sidney Crosby scored in Pittsburgh's two-goal first period to lead the Penguins to a 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
Kobasew and Crosby scored less than four minutes apart in the first, and Adams made it 3-0 midway through the third to celebrate his 800th career game in style.
Cory Schneider made 18 saves for the Devils. Schneider's start marked the first time in 19 years Martin Brodeur didn't play in the season opener for New Jersey. Brodeur is expected to start Friday at home against the New York Islanders.
Fleury was stellar from the opening faceoff and even stopped a penalty shot by Adam Henrique late in the third period to preserve the shutout.
BRUINS 3, LIGHTNING 1
Kelly was hooked from behind about eight minutes in while Boston was killing off a penalty, and he converted the one-on-one with goalie Anders Lindback.
Boston also killed a 5-on-3 power play in the first period and another in the third.
Tuukka Rask made 32 saves for Boston, which reached the Stanley Cup finals last season for the second time in three years.
Lindback stopped 22 shots for the Lightning.
CAPITALS 5, FLAMES 4, SO
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist and then scored in the shootout for Washington, which rallied from an early three-goal deficit to beat Calgary in the Flames' season opener.
Marcus Johansson assisted on all three second-period goals for the Capitals, who earned their first win after dropping the opener to defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago on Tuesday.
KINGS 3, WILD 2, SO
Carter and Drew Doughty scored regulation goals for Los Angeles, which had just 18 shots. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves for the Kings, including stops against Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu in the shootout.
With the Kings trailing 2-1, Carter scored on a rebound of a shot by Matt Frattin at 13:14 of the third period to tie it.
BLUES 4, PREDATORS 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Backes had a goal and assist in the first period to lead St. Louis over Nashville as each team opened its regular season.
The Blues scored three times in the first 9:45 to jump in front 3-0 and chase goalie Pekka Rinne.
Jaroslav Halak made 28 saves for the Blues and improved to 9-3-3 against the Predators.
Nashville, which missed the playoffs last season, is 7-7-1 in season openers.
PANTHERS 4, STARS 2
The Panthers erased a 2-1 deficit with goals about 4 1/2 minutes apart. Goc's goal followed the tying tally by 18-year-old Aleksander Barkov, the No. 2 pick in this year's draft.
Goc's second goal was an empty-netter. Tim Thomas made 24 saves for Florida.
COYOTES 4, RANGERS 1
With NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and the club's new owners in attendance, the Coyotes turned a tight game into a one-sided contest behind Vrbata's second straight hat trick — dating to last season — and fifth of his career.
SHARKS 4, CANUCKS 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Justin Braun scored his first goal in more than 19 months to break a tie late in the second period and San Jose went on to beat Vancouver in the season opener for both teams.
Brent Burns, Patrick Marleau and Tommy Wingels also scored for the Sharks, who have won eight straight against the Canucks including a sweep in the first round of the playoffs last season. Antti Niemi made 21 saves.
The Canucks opened this season on the same ice they ended the last one on after the disappointing early playoff exit led to the firing of coach Alain Vigneault.
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