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Hossa's 300th wins it for Wings

by John Kreiser
Marian Hossa picked the right time to reach a milestone and get his first goal as a Red Wing.

Detroit's biggest off-season acquisition scored his 300th career goal and first with his new team 23 seconds into overtime to give the Wings a 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

Hossa gave the Wings (3-2-0) their first victory in three home games this season when he one-timed Pavel Datsyuk's pass behind Henrik Lundqvist from the lower right circle.

"It was a great play by Pavel," said Hossa, who had gone scoreless in his first four games with his new team. "I just tried to get open, and he found me."

Hossa, who signed with the Wings this summer after playing against them for Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Final last spring, said he wasn't worried about putting the puck in the net.

''I knew I was getting chances," he said. "I tried to stay calm on the ice, and off, too. There was no panic. I knew the goals would come, and tonight I got the first one. Hopefully, now we can roll.''

It was Hossa's second OT goal in his last two meetings with the Rangers. He eliminated New York from the playoffs last spring when he got the winner in overtime in Game 5 of the second round while playing for Pittsburgh.

The loss dropped the Rangers to 1-8-1 in their last 10 meetings with the Wings. They haven't won in Detroit since Jan. 30, 1999. New York is still 6-1-1 for 13 points, the most in the NHL in the early going, though the Rangers felt they should have had two points, not one.

''It was disappointing. It felt like we had it,'' said Lundqvist, who made 40 saves, many of them spectacular. ''Even with their chances, it felt like we outplayed them.''

The Wings had tied the game with 3:39 left in regulation when Jiri Hudler banged in a power-play rebound after the Rangers were called for having too many men on the ice.

''We got a point out of it,'' Rangers center Scott Gomez said. ''And the way the League is now, that point might go a long way.''

Before Hudler's goal, the Wings were on the verge of losing a game they twice led by two goals.

The Wings jumped to a quick lead when Mikael Samuelsson tipped Derek Meech's point shot past Lundqvist 28 seconds into the game. Johan Franzen knocked in a rebound at 3:44 for a 2-0 advantage.
Ryan Callahan put New York on the board 7:32 in when he beat Chris Osgood from the left circle. But Tomas Holmstrom tipped Nicklas Lidstrom's shot off a skate and into the net at 10:57 of the second period to put the Wings ahead 3-1.

Nigel Dawes cut the deficit back to one goal at 13:23 when he beat Osgood from the bottom of the right circle.

Aaron Voros tied the game 1:45 into the third period with a tip-in of Michal Rozsival's shot, then put the Rangers ahead for the first time at 3:59 when he banked the puck off Osgood and into the net. It was the fifth goal of the season for Voros, who had just seven in 55 games with Minnesota last season.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock called a timeout after Voros' second goal.

''I just asked them who this team was. Where was the team that was playing the whole game until that last little bit?'' he said. ''People don't understand. We won the Stanley Cup, but this is a new year. You have to earn things. People say we're going to be fine, but the only way we'll be fine is if we earn the right to be fine.''

Avalanche 5, Stars 4 | VIDEO

Dallas' early-season miseries continued as a third-period rally fell short when the potential tying goal was disallowed.

The Stars cut a 5-2 deficit to 5-4 on third-period goals by Loui Eriksson and Brad Richards, then thought they had tied it when Richards' pass deflected off Brenden Morrow and into the net with 7:31 left in regulation.

But after a video review, the goal was disallowed. The ruling was that the puck went in off Morrow's glove.

"It's not intentional," Morrow said. "If the puck bounces off me and goes in the net, if it's a rule, those two refs didn't know it. ... I know what happened. It hit me but I didn't intentionally knock it in with my glove. It's a bad call."

Stars coach Dave Tippett said when the puck goes in off a glove, officials will disallow a goal "almost 100 percent of the time."

Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote said his team got a break on the disallowed goal.

"We got a lucky call on Morrow's goal," Foote said. "They kept coming after that and we really weathered the storm. This was a huge win."

Milan Hejduk had a pair of goals for Colorado, which has won two in a row after losing its first three games. Darcy Tucker, Ryan Smyth and Tyler Arnason also scored, while Joe Sakic, Wojtek Wolski and Paul Stastny each had two assists.

Andrew Raycroft stopped 26 shots for his second win in three days — matching his full-season total with Toronto in 2007-08, when he was 2-9-5.

"I'm on a much better team than I was on last year," Raycroft said. "Scoring five goals a game makes my life much easier."

Rookies Fabian Brunnstrom and James Neal also had goals for the sluggish Stars, who fell to 1-3-1. The normally defensive minded Stars have allowed 11 goals in their last two games and 23 in five games this season.

"If you have to score six to win, you're in trouble," Tippett said. "Losing is losing — but when you give up five a night, that goes against everything I believe in."

Panthers 2, Islanders 0 | VIDEO

Two nights after being blown out at home by Minnesota, the Panthers rebounded with their best effort of the season, spoiling Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro's return in the process.

DiPietro, returning from hip and knee surgery, was beaten 24 seconds into the game when Keith Ballard's drive from the left point hit the crossbar and caromed to Nick Boynton, who hit the half-empty net from the right circle. It was his second goal in as many games after he scored three times in 79 games for Phoenix last season.

"I close my eyes and shoot," Boynton said. "I know where the net is, but I just got lucky."

The Panthers kept him busy the rest of the night, firing 36 shots, but only Cory Stillman's power-play wrist shot at 8:58 of the second period beat him. DiPietro got better as the game went on — one of the few positives for coach Scott Gordon.

"He controlled rebounds and tracked the puck well," Gordon said. "To give up a goal on the first shot and not have it faze him was great."

DiPietro was pleased with his first performance, if not the result.

"I felt good," DiPietro said. "It's nice to, obviously, be back and contribute. Unfortunately we lost, obviously, but it's nice to get my feet wet and finally see some action."

Florida goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who allowed five goals on 23 shots against Minnesota, stopped 31 shots to earn his 26th career shutout.

"I'm not the kind of guy that should be worried about his play," Vokoun said. "Obviously I am one of the highest-paid players on the team so my performance has to be better and I know that."

Vokoun was not severely tested for most of the night thanks to a tight defense and a good checking effort — two things that weren't often in evidence in Thursday's 6-2 loss to the Wild. The Panthers earned six power plays, allowed only two, and controlled play for most of the game.

"We probably deserved more than two goals," Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said. "I thought (DiPietro) made some big saves and we just missed a few more."

Devils 4, Capitals 3, SO | VIDEO

The Devils are going home with smiles on their faces and three wins on a four-game trip after Zach Parise's shootout winner gave them a victory at the Verizon Center.

New Jersey has had trouble scoring goals — just six in its first four games — and trailed 2-1 entering the third period. But Parise tied the game at 10:34 and set up Andy Greene's go-ahead goal at 11:42.

''It's a great sign," said New Jersey's Patrik Elias, who became the franchise's career leader in assists with his first of two on the night. ''It's a good sign we can score goals when we have to. A team like that, you cannot give them too many opportunities."

Alexander Semin got his second goal of the night at 14:49 to even the game at 3-3.

"They're a very good defensive team and they make it tough on us to make plays in the neutral zone," Green said. "Once we get in their zone, they're always in your face and they make it very hard for you to make passes and plays where we kind of thrive off moving the pick." -- Capitals defenseman Mike Green on the Devils' defensive system
Parise won it in the shootout by beating Brent Johnson with a quick, high backhander. Martin Brodeur stopped all three Washington shooters for his 27th career shootout victory, extending his own NHL record. The victory was the 542nd of his career, nine short of Patrick Roy's League record.

Semin scored 5:04 into the game, but New Jersey rookie Petr Vrana tied it with his first NHL goal at 12:48. Elias' assist was the 365th of his career, moving him past Scott Niedermayer into first place in franchise history.

"I think it's great," Elias said of the mark. "It means I'm doing something right. It's amazing I'm passing a defenseman, but Scotty is a great player. ... It's a great milestone, but hopefully I can add a few more."

Mike Green's power-play goal at 12:18 of the second period put Washington ahead, but the Devils did a much better job of shutting down the high-flying Caps in the third period and overtime.

"They're a very good defensive team and they make it tough on us to make plays in the neutral zone," Green said. "Once we get in their zone, they're always in your face and they make it very hard for you to make passes and plays where we kind of thrive off moving the pick."

Bruins 4, Senators 2 |VIDEO

Boston coach Claude Julien got exactly what he wanted — a 60-minute effort by his team, and a victory to wrap up a season-opening four-game trip.

"I thought the team played really well overall and really limited the scoring chances,'' Julien said. "Overall, I thought it was a good solid effort from out hockey club, probably the best one so far this year."

Phil Kessel scored twice and added an assist for the Bruins, and Marc Savard had three assists. Manny Fernandez stopped 21 shots.

It was a big win for Fernandez, who's coming off a knee problem that sidelined him for most of last season and didn't play well at Minnesota last Saturday.

"The team now realizes that they have to play a strong game when I'm back there," Fernandez said. "They want to play good defensively and they want to help me out as much as they can, so I can't say it's good or bad to only get 12 shots (through two periods). I have to be focused for those 12 shots, but I wouldn't rather have 36 shots, though."

Kessel put the Bruins ahead to stay at 4:47 of the second period when he one-timed Savard's pass from the corner past Martin Gerber. He banged in a power-play goal at 13:22 to make it 3-1. After Daniel Alfredsson made it 3-2 at 15:40, Milan Lucic added a third-period insurance goal, enabling the Bruins to head back to Boston for Monday's home opener with a 2-1-1 record.

Ottawa coach Craig Hartsburg, whose team beat Phoenix on Friday, wasn't happy with his club's performance, especially in the first 40 minutes.

"You've got to be able to play with the puck to create offense and to compete for loose pucks," he said. "We had some flurries in the third finally when we started to work and compete and be strong on pucks. The first two periods we generated hardly anything at all."

Thrashers 3, Sabres 2, SO

Atlanta goaltender Kari Lehtonen was glad to get a win by beating Buffalo, though he's still not in love with shootouts.

"It was pretty exciting. Nice to get the two points,'' Lehtonen said. ''Those (shootouts) are not so much fun for goalies."

The Thrashers couldn't hold an early 2-0 lead, but shootout goals by Ilya Kovalchuk and Slava Kozlov gave the Thrashers the win. Kozlov's goal put Atlanta ahead, and Buffalo (4-0-1) lost for the first time this season when Thomas Vanek shot wide.

The Thrashers got off to a quick 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Kovalchuk and Bryan Little, both set up by Todd White. Kovalchuk, a 52-goal scorer last season, beat Patrick Lalime over the shoulder just 1:35 into the game. Little beat Lalime from 10 feet at 17:12.

"We expected Atlanta to come out hard," Lalime said. "I like how we came back in the second and third. It would have been nice to get the extra point."

Vanek got the Sabres within 2-1 during a two-man advantage with three minutes left in the second period. Jason Pominville tied it with 3:08 left in regulation by banging his own rebound behind Lehtonen after a turnover.

"I was disappointed for giving up the tying goal just before overtime," Lehtonen said.

The goal was Vanek's seventh, the most in the NHL so far this season.

Wild 1, Lightning 0, SO | VIDEO

You'll have to forgive Barry Melrose if he wonders about whether he made the right move leaving the safety of being a television analyst. Five one-goal losses to start the season will do that.

The Lightning lost for the fifth consecutive time when Antti Miettinen scored the only goal of the shootout after neither the Bolts and Wild could score for 65 minutes.

The last three losses have come in overtime or shootouts, meaning the Lightning has three points in five games — and that Melrose isn't totally upset with his team.

''They've just got to believe that if we keep doing that, we're going to win a lot of games,'' Melrose said. "We're just being tested. We have to pass the test."
"They've just got to believe that if we keep doing that, we're going to win a lot of games.  We're just being tested. We have to pass the test." -- Lightning coach Barry Melrose
It was the second game in as many nights that went to a shootout after 65 minutes of scoreless hockey. The New York Rangers beat Toronto 1-0 in a shootout on Friday.

Niklas Backstrom made 32 saves for his 15th career shutout, then stopped Jussi Jokinen, Vincent Lecavalier and Steven Stamkos in the shootout to keep the Wild perfect through four games for the third year in a row. Minnesota started 6-0-0 in 2006 and 5-0-0 last season.
"We needed a good start and we got a good start for the season, but it's still 78 games left, so a lot of work ahead," Backstrom said after the Wild completed a three-game sweep of Atlanta, Florida and Tampa Bay. "So far, so good."
Before Miettinen's winner, Smith had stopped all 10 shootout attempts he had faced in his career, including Koivu's leadoff attempt. The Lightning goalie fell to 3-1 in NHL shootouts.

''It's just bad news when you get the shutout and you don't win,'' Melrose said.

Predators 6, Blue Jackets 3 | VIDEO

This time, it was Nashville that got the jump on Columbus. One night after spotting the Blue Jackets a 3-0 lead after one period, the Predators scored three times in the opening period and breezed to victory in the back end of a home-and-home series.

"Last night we came out really well, but nothing went in for us," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "Tonight we came out really well and got out to a three-goal lead."

David Legwand, Martin Erat and Joel Ward scored in the first 16:07 to give the Preds a cushion. Erat made it 4-0 at 5:26 of the second period before Jason Chimera and Mark Methot scored for the Jackets.

Shea Weber and Rich Peverley added third-period goals for the Predators, while Rick Nash added a goal for Columbus — his third in two games against Nashville after going pointless in eight games last season.

The Jackets' captain said his team was outplayed in all areas of the game.

"We got outworked. We didn't play well enough in the defensive end, we didn't finish our checks in the offensive end and we got checked off pucks," Nash said. "There are no excuses."

The Predators have won nine straight home games against Columbus. Friday night's loss  ended Nashville's string of 16 games with a point against Columbus (15-0-1). It was the longest active streak in an NHL regular-season series.

"We didn't get off to the start we wanted to the other night," goalie Dan Ellis said. "We got back at them tonight, played Predators hockey, and that is why we got the two points tonight."

Blues 4, Blackhawks 3, SO | Video

Andy McDonald and T.J. Oshie spoiled Joel Quenneville's coaching debut with the Blackhawks as St. Louis rallied for a shootout victory at home.

The Blackhawks led 3-1 after two periods and 3-2 in the final minute. But with goalie Manny Legace on the bench in favor of an extra attacker, McDonald fired Paul Kariya's pass behind Nikolai Khabibulin with 13.9 seconds left.

"The puck kind of bounced around off a Chicago defender," McDonald said. "It came to me and I just wanted to get the puck on net."

After a scoreless overtime, Oshie simply slid the puck past Khabibulin for the shootout winner a move he called his favorite.
"My voice kept going on and off all night but it was great to be back there." -- Joel Quenneville on his debut behind the Blackhawks bench
"It's been kind of my go-to-move since high school," Oshie said, "so I stuck with it."

Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist for the Hawks, who knew they let a win get away.

"It just felt like we dominated that game and it's 3-1 with 10 minutes left," Kane said. "They got a couple of lucky goals and we end up with the loss."

The Hawks came out fired-up under Quenneville, who replaced Denis Savard on Thursday, scoring 40 seconds into the game when Kane fired a rebound past Legace.

Brian Campbell made it 2-0 early in the second before rookie Chris Porter got the Blues on the board at 17:11. Kane's second of the game three minutes into the third gave Chicago what looked like a safe lead — until Keith Tkachuk fired Oshie's pass behind Khabibulin at 9:43 to make it a one-goal game.

Despite the loss, Quenneville was happy to be back.

"It was good," he said. "My voice kept going on and off all night but it was great to be back there."

Canadiens 4, Coyotes 1 | VIDEO

Life is great in Montreal, where the Canadiens' centennial season is off to a fast start. Alex Tanguay scored twice as the Habs won their fourth in a row after an opening-night shootout loss in Buffalo.

"Winning is fun, and right now we've only lost that first one in the shootout in Buffalo so we're still at the point where we need to rack up wins and move up in the standings," Tanguay said. "Right now we're certainly having fun."

The Coyotes' third loss in four nights wasn't much fun for them. Only Shane Doan's third-period goal prevented a shutout. Phoenix lost at Chicago on Wednesday and Ottawa on Friday.

"We played two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference back to back, and I know we're going to have some bumps along the way, but we've got to learn from it and get better from it," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said.

Tanguay had a goal in each of the first two periods. Saku Koivu and Robert Lang also scored for the Canadiens, and Carey Price stopped 28 shots.

The only downer for the Canadiens was losing left wing Andrei Kostitsyn, who left the game 3:44 into the second when he was driven hard into the boards by defenseman Kurt Sauer, whose arms came up around the Montreal forward's head on the check. No penalty was called.

"I don't know if it was dirty, but they're trying to erase blows to the head, and it was definitely a blow to the head," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said.

Kostitsyn, whose helmeted head banged against the glass, lay face down on the ice and was motionless for several moments.

"It seemed like he came over the blue line and he just started to lay back and I just hit him," Sauer said. "I didn't see a replay yet, nothing like that. It's never a good thing when a guy goes down like that, though."

The Canadiens' training staff rushed onto the ice and a stretcher was summoned, but the Russian forward got up and was helped off the ice. He didn't return to the game.

Oilers 3, Flames 2 | Video

The dynasty days are long gone in Edmonton. But this year's team might bring back some of those memories. The Oilers rallied to complete a home-and-home sweep of the Flames and improve to 4-0-0 — their best start since 1985-86.

They did it the hard way, spotting the Flames an early two-goal lead before scoring three times in the second period and holding off Calgary in the third.

"It was a very entertaining game," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "You win one like that and you go home feeling pretty good. You don't often win in this league when you fall behind 2-0.

"Our will is really strong. We've won four one-goal games. But let's not get ahead of ourselves."

Todd Bertuzzi and Daymond Langkow had power-play goals in the first 12:21 for the Flames, who would have had a bigger lead except for the play of Mathieu Garon. He made 15 saves in a period that saw the Oilers outshot 17-3.

The Oilers got a second-period boost from the line of Ethan Moreau, Fernando Pisani and Mark Pouliot, who combined for two goals in a span of 2:22 midway through the period. Moreau beat Miikka Kiprusoff from the right circle, and Pisani tied it by ramming Pouliot's passout into the net.

Andrew Cogliano put the Oilers ahead to stay at 12:12 when he undressed Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano, then took a nice shot across his body that beat Kiprusoff.

"Give credit to them. We dominated them last night and they came out hard tonight. We knew they would," Moreau said. "We didn't play well in the first period, but good teams find a way to win in games like that. We played well in the second and third periods."

While the Oilers are hot, the Flames are not. They fell to 1-3-1 after the back-to-back losses to their Alberta rivals and have struggled to keep the puck out of their net.

"You're always concerned about giving up any lead; a one-goal lead or a two-goal lead or whatever the lead may be, particularly when you have earned it on the road," Calgary coach Mike Keenan said.

"We went out and earned it in the first period and we weren't able to find that instinct or that ability to put it past their goaltender, who I thought played really well. He played pretty well and closed the door and we couldn't get the third to make it a 3-1 game or a 3-0 game."

Sharks 5, Flyers 4, OT | Video

San Jose kept shooting and shooting at Antero Niittymaki and finally got enough pucks past him to win the game at 1:25 of overtime. Defenseman Dan Boyle got his first goal as a Shark — on his team's 45th shot.

Boyle, acquired from Tampa Bay during the summer, converted a superb feed from Joe Thornton to give the Sharks the victory in a game they never led until the end despite outshooting the Flyers 45-17.

"It was nice to see him rewarded," coach Todd McLellan said of Boyle. "He's been pressing as much as anyone."

The Sharks improved to 5-1-0 under McLellan, who was pleased with the comeback — though it's not something he wants his team to have to do a lot.

"We showed the ability to come back. It was a pretty resilient effort on our behalf, and I think our players can take something from that," he said one night after San Jose lost 4-1 at Anaheim. "They have the ability to come back, but we don't want to be in that spot very often."

The Flyers, who host San Jose Wednesday in both teams' next game, are now 0-3-2 —their worst start since 1999-2000 — and are showing only flashes of the form that carried them to the Eastern Conference Finals last spring.

"It's not the start we envisioned," said Niittymaki, who made 39 saves. "It is what it is right now. We just have to paddle through it and find a way to win. At least we played better this game."

The Flyers came into the game off a woeful 5-2 loss at Colorado that saw coach John Stevens meet with his captains after the game.

"I think we did a lot of things better tonight," captain Mike Richards said. "We forechecked better. We were a tougher team to play against. We turned the puck over a bit too much and we didn't get very many shots."

Boyle, who also had two assists, was relieved to get his first goal as a Shark.

"It's about time for me," Boyle said. "It was a roller-coaster ride. We just kept firing shots. We had 44 (actually 45) shots; when you get that many, you'll win most nights."

This almost wasn't one of those nights for the Sharks, who dominated play but paid for sloppiness that led to odd-man breaks for Philadelphia.

Daniel Briere gave the Flyers a lead 14:51 into the game when he shoveled a rebound off the backboards past Nabokov's glove for his first of the season. Braydon Coburn's goal 31 seconds into the second period made it 2-0.

Christian Ehrhoff scored on a point shot through traffic at 1:54 to cut the margin to 2-1, but Jeff Carter went in alone and beat Nabokov at 6:48 for a shorthanded goal and a 3-1 lead.

The Sharks' power play then started to produce. Jonathan Cheechoo scored at 18:20 to make it 3-2 and Joe Pavelski tied it at 5:43 of the third when he raced through the defense, picked up his own dump-in and wristed the puck past Niittymaki.

The power play had another chance when the Flyers were called for too many men at 9:54, but Briere made them play for more sloppiness by scoring a shorthanded goal at 11:11. However, the Sharks got another chance and made this one pay off when Devin Setoguchi picked up a deflected pass, deked Niittymaki to the ice and slid the puck into the net at 15:16.

"We knew we were going to score sooner or later," Setoguchi said. "I just got a lucky rebound and was able to put it away."

Material from wire services and team online and broadcast media was used in this report.

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