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Lightning's Garrison first to score in new 3-on-3 OT

Friday, 10.09.2015 / 12:20 AM / News

Corey Long - Correspondent

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison became the first player to score in the NHL's new 3-on-3 overtime format Thursday.

Garrison's goal at 2:17 gave the Lightning a 3-2 season-opening win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Amalie Arena.

But the end-to-end overtime action apparently took a toll on the 30-year-old, who scored in alone on goalie Steve Mason.

"Personally, for me, I don't like to ride a roller coaster too much with the emotions," Garrison said. "So the 3-on-3 is a little bit like that. It's chance after chance, it's a high and a low, and it's exciting for the fans."

Sabres forward Jack Eichel scores in NHL debut

Thursday, 10.08.2015 / 11:51 PM / News

Tim Wharnsby - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Not everyone can score on his first NHL shift like Mario Lemieux did 31 years ago, when the Pittsburgh Penguins rookie picked the pocket of Ray Bourque for an incredible beginning to a Hall of Fame career.

Buffalo Sabres rookie Jack Eichel needed 23 shifts to score in his NHL debut, a 3-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators at First Niagara Center on Thursday.

After an unremarkable first two periods, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft came to life to score Buffalo's goal 9:11 into the third period.

"Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me," the 18-year-old said. "Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today.

"A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything."

Sabres goalie Lehner leaves opener with injury

Thursday, 10.08.2015 / 9:51 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner left the season-opening game Thursday against the Ottawa Senators in the second period with a lower-body injury.

He was replaced by Chad Johnson 7:30 into the period.

Bills coach Rex Ryan in jersey for Sabres opener

Thursday, 10.08.2015 / 4:51 PM / News

Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan delivered his NFL press conference Thursday wearing a Buffalo Sabres jersey.

"We've got a big day obviously; we've got the Sabres, opening night," Ryan told the Bills website. "Obviously very excited about that.

"And if you're wondering, yes, the fighting strap is attached to this, just in case somebody from Ottawa tries to pull the sweater over my head, I'm ready to go."

Sharks' Torres apologizes for hit on Ducks' Silfverberg

Thursday, 10.08.2015 / 3:00 PM / News

San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres apologized Thursday for an illegal hit that resulted in him being suspended for 41 games by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

The suspension was assessed to Torres on Oct. 5 because of interference and an illegal check to the head against the Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg during a preseason game Oct. 3.

"I accept the 41-game suspension handed down to me by the NHL's Department of Player Safety," Torres said. "I worked extremely hard over the last two years following reconstructive knee surgery to resume my NHL career, and this is the last thing I wanted to happen. I am disappointed I have put myself in a position to be suspended again. I sincerely apologize to Jakob for the hit that led to this suspension, and I'm extremely thankful that he wasn't seriously injured as a result of the play. I also want to apologize to my Sharks teammates and the organization."

NHL rings in start of season at N.Y. Stock Exchange

Thursday, 10.08.2015 / 11:32 AM / News

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday to celebrate the start of the 2015-16 NHL regular season.

Bettman was joined by New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias, New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey and pro scout Eric Cairns, and New York Rangers legend Rod Gilbert.

Around the League notebook for Wednesday, Oct. 7

Thursday, 10.08.2015 / 9:06 AM / News

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* The road team won the four games contested Wednesday. Montreal, Vancouver and San Jose also opened the 2014-15 season with road wins in Toronto, Calgary and Los Angeles, respectively.

* Newly appointed captains Max Pacioretty (Montreal; 2-0—2) and Joe Pavelski (San Jose; 1-2—3) each recorded multiple points to guide his team to victory.

* The Rangers spoiled the Blackhawks’ banner-raising ceremony, marking the eighth time in the last 10 seasons that the defending Stanley Cup champion lost its first game of the season (Stanley Cup champions: 2-6-2).

Babcock, Maple Leafs win first coach's challenge

Wednesday, 10.07.2015 / 11:51 PM / News

Tim Wharnsby - Correspondent

TORONTO -- The decision was swift and decisive, and in the judgment of veteran referee Dan O'Rourke, the first coach's challenge in NHL history went without a hitch.

At 6:35 of the second period in the NHL season opener Wednesday, the Montreal Canadiens appeared to score a go-ahead goal when defenseman Jeff Petry converted a behind-the-back pass from Max Pacioretty.

O'Rourke was the official down low and signaled a goal, but Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock decided to challenge the call on the ice after his assistant in the press box, Andrew Brewer, notified the bench there was goaltender interference on the play.

"I didn't challenge nothing," Babcock said. "[Brewer] yelled in [assistant coach] Jim Hiller's ear and Jim said, 'We're challenging.' Then they were good enough to put it up on the screen, so I knew by time the ref got over there we'd win it."

The Maple Leafs won the challenge but lost Babcock's debut as Maple Leafs coach, 3-1 at Air Canada Centre.

Islanders goalie Halak uncertain for opener: report

Wednesday, 10.07.2015 / 9:08 PM / News

The status of injured New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak for their season opener Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks remains unknown.

"He got a good sweat in the past couple days down [at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.], he did a lot of work, he was on the ice early," coach Jack Capuano told Newsday on Wednesday (the Islanders were there for a team-building retreat). "We'll have to see how he feels tomorrow and then tie it all together."

Oilers name four alternate captains for 2015-16 season

Wednesday, 10.07.2015 / 3:31 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday named forwards Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and defenseman Andrew Ference, alternate captains for the 2015-16 season.

It's the first time the Oilers are starting an NHL season without a designated captain. Ference had been the captain the previous two seasons.

Forward Matt Hendricks will be an alternate captain in place of Eberle, who will miss 4-6 weeks because of a shoulder injury sustained in a preseason game against the Arizona Coyotes on Sept. 29.

The Oilers will open the season Thursday at the St. Louis Blues (8 p.m. ET; SN360).

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Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.

— Sabres rookie Jack Eichel after scoring a goal in his National Hockey League debut
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