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BOSTON (AP) -Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist, and Jose Theodore stopped 19 shots to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in the season-opener.

Brooks Laich added two goals and an assist, Nicklas Backstrom had three assists, and Alexander Semin had two for Washington, which had not won in Boston in regulation in 14 tries since 2000.

Only Patrice Bergeron's goal with 12:04 left in the game kept Theodore from his 29th career shutout.

Boston's Tim Thomas, the defending Vezina Trophy winner as the league's top goalie, made 30 saves.

TORONTO (AP) - Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges scored with only 12.8 seconds left on the overtime clock, and Carey Price made 43 saves in the Canadiens' season-opening victory over Toronto.

The Canadiens were badly outshot and thoroughly outplayed through two periods, but found a way to hang around and win. They got some help from former teammate Mike Komisarek, who was in the penalty box for two Montreal goals.

Brian Gionta, Travis Moen and Glen Metropolit also scored for the Canadiens.

Matt Stajan had two goals, and Alexei Ponikarovsky added one for Toronto.

DENVER (AP) - Wojtek Wolski scored two goals and Craig Anderson stopped 38 shots, lifting Colorado to a season-opening win over San Jose after the Avalanche retired Joe Sakic's No. 19.

Darcy Tucker, Cody McLeod and John-Michael Liles also scored, making a winner out of new Avalanche coach Joe Sacco.

Patrick Marleau had two goals for San Jose, which dropped to 0-5-2 in season openers on the road.

Evgeni Nabokov allowed all five goals on 20 shots. He remains one victory shy of becoming the 38th goalie in NHL history to win 250 games.

The Avalanche are starting their 14th season in Denver, and first without their longtime captain Sakic. His sweater was raised to the Pepsi Center rafters in a ceremony before the game. Sakic's number is the third retired since the Avalanche relocated from Quebec in 1995, joining Patrick Roy (33) and Ray Bourque (77).

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Miikka Kiprusoff made 39 saves, and Calgary opened their regular season by beating Vancouver.

Rene Bourque, Brandon Prust and defensemen Mark Giordano and Adam Pardy scored for the Flames, and defenseman Dion Phaneuf added an empty-netter to seal the win. Calgary had lost six straight season-openers.

Kevin Bieksa, Alex Burrows, and Mikael Samuelsson had goals for Vancouver, which rallied from a 3-0 deficit after the first period. Roberto Luongo stopped 19 shots in the loss.

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