FLEURY GUIDES PENGUINS ON BANNER NIGHT IN PITTSBURGH
After the Pittsburgh Penguins raised their fourth Stanley Cup banner to the rafters at PPG Paints Arena, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 39 saves through overtime and added two stops in the shootout to help Pittsburgh defeat the Washington Capitals in their first meeting since Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round last spring.
* MUST SEE: Captain Sidney Crosby, who missed the game because of an injury, was on the ice with the Stanley Cup as part of the banner-raising ceremony.
* Fleury, who missed the final five games of last season because of an injury and played in two games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, improved to 9-1-0 in his past 10 regular-season games, dating to March 11 at the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Video: Fleury, Kessel lead Penguins in 3-2 shootout win
Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 5, NY Islanders 3
Boston 6, COLUMBUS 3
Montreal 4, BUFFALO 1
FLORIDA 2, New Jersey 1 (OT)
TAMPA BAY 6, Detroit 4
WINNIPEG 5, Carolina 4 (OT)
ST. LOUIS 3, Minnesota 2
PITTSBURGH 3, Washington 2 (SO)
DALLAS 4, Anaheim 2
MARCHAND BUILDS OFF SUCCESS AT WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY
Brad Marchand (2-3-5), who led the World Cup of Hockey 2016 with five goals and finished second with eight points, equaled NHL career highs for assists and points in a game to rally the Boston Bruins to victory in their season opener.
* Marchand's second career five-point game (also Dec. 23, 2011 vs. FLA: 3-2-5) came exactly two weeks after he scored a shorthanded, game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation for to lead Team Canada to the World Cup of Hockey 2016 championship.
* Marchand became the 14th NHL player with at least five points in a season opener, and the first to do so since Thomas Vanek on Jan. 20, 2013 (2-3-5 w/ BUF). One other Bruins player has achieved that feat: Phil Esposito on Oct. 10, 1973 (3-2-5 vs. VAN).
VETERAN GOALTENDERS CLIMB ALL-TIME WINS LIST
Goalies Roberto Luongo and Henrik Lundqvist each moved up the NHL all-time wins list with victories Thursday in their team's season opener.
* Luongo made 23 saves in the Florida Panthers' overtime victory against the New Jersey Devils for his 437th career win. He moved into a tie with Jacques Plante for sixth place all-time, on a night when the Panthers raised their Atlantic Division championship banner to the rafters.
* Lundqvist made 25 saves for his 375th career win, all with the New York Rangers, to move past John Vanbiesbrouck (374) into sole possession of 14th place all-time and help the Rangers begin their 90th NHL season with a victory.
Video: NYI@NYR: Lundqvist robs Ladd's deflection
MOST CAREER WINS
1. Martin Brodeur: 691
2. Patrick Roy: 551
3. Ed Belfour: 484
4. Curtis Joseph: 454
5. Terry Sawchuk: 447
t-6. Jacques Plante: 437
t-6. Roberto Luongo: 437
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13. Mike Vernon: 385
14. Henrik Lundqvist: 375
LAINE AIDS JETS' COMEBACK IN LEAGUE DEBUT
Patrik Laine, the No. 2 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, had a goal and an assist in the final six minutes of the third period for his first NHL points, and Mark Scheifele (1-0-1) scored in overtime to help the Winnipeg Jets overcome a three-goal, third period deficit against the Carolina Hurricanes.
* Laine became the third player selected in the top four picks at the 2016 draft to score in his League debut, joining top pick Auston Matthews (4-0-4 w/ TOR) and No. 4 pick Jesse Puljujarvi (1-0-1 w/ EDM).
* Matthews and Laine are the first pair of top-two picks from the same NHL draft with multiple points in their debut, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
* The Jets became the third NHL team to win their first game of the season by overcoming a three-goal deficit in the third period, and the second to do so in as many seasons. In 2015-16, the Minnesota Wild also erased a 4-1 deficit in the third period to win their opener at the Colorado Avalanche. The only other team to do so: the Hartford Whalers, who rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the third period to defeat the Calgary Flames 6-5 in their first game of the 1986-87 season.
* Blake Wheeler had one goal and two assists, including the primary assist on the tying and winning goals, in his first regular-season game as Jets captain.
Video: Scheifele OT goal lifts Jets past Hurricanes, 5-4
David Pastrnak (20 years, 141 days) had two goals and two assists to become the youngest player with four points for the Bruins since Oct. 25, 2008 when Milan Lucic (20 years, 140 days) had three goals and one assist against the Atlanta Thrashers. … Free agent signee David Backes had two goals and an assist in his Bruins debut. … St. Louis Blues forward Nail Yakupov (1-1-2), acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 7, had his first points with the Blues to help them move to 2-0-0 this season. … Mikhail Sergachev (18 years, 110 days), the ninth pick of the 2016 draft, became the youngest defenseman, and fourth youngest player, to play a regular season game for the Montreal Canadiens. … The Strumbellas and Sum 41 will headline the entertainment for the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic. … The Toronto Maple Leafs unveiled statues honoring Dave Keon, Turk Broda and Tim Horton outside Air Canada Centre in Toronto. … The Dallas Stars wore special helmet decals to honor the police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty July 7 in downtown Dallas. … The Panthers honored late Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez during their home opener.
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Chicago @ Nashville, 8 p.m., TVAS, NBCSN, CSN-CH
Edmonton @ Calgary, 9 p.m., SN360, SN1
Philadelphia @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., FS-W, CSN-PH
FLYERS, KINGS MEET ON ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST NHL GAME IN L.A.
Two 2015 first-round NHL draft picks, defenseman Ivan Provorov (No. 7) and forward Travis Konecny (No. 24), will debut for the Philadelphia Flyers when they open their 50th anniversary season at the Los Angeles Kings, on the anniversary of the first NHL game in Los Angeles. On Oct. 14, 1967, the Kings scored four unanswered goals to earn a 4-2 victory against the Flyers in their League debut.
SUBBAN READY FOR MUSIC CITY DEBUT
Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, who was acquired in a trade with the Canadiens on June 29 for former Predators captain Shea Weber, will make his much anticipated regular-season debut when Nashville welcomes the Chicago Blackhawks to Bridgestone Arena.