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Published on October 3 2013 6:17 am
Last Updated on October 3 2013 6:17 am
Written by Millie Lange

Red Wings Double Up Sabres

(Detroit, MI) -- Mikael Samuelsson and Pavel Datsyuk scored within 40 seconds of each other in the first period as the Red Wings sunk the Sabres 2-1 in the regular season opener for both teams in Detroit. Jimmy Howard stopped 19-of-20 shot in net for the win. Ryan Miller gave up both goals on 34 shots for the setback. Howard says this is a nice way to start the season.

Zemgus Girgensons scored for Buffalo. This was the first of four games in the regular season series. Detroit won both games against Buffalo in 2011-12, but the two sides did not play last season due to the lockout.

 

Leafs Spoil Philly's Season Opener

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Dave Bolland scored a pair of third period goals to lead the Maple Leafs to a 3-1 win over the Flyers in Philadelphia's season opener at Wells Fargo Center. Phil Kessel also lit the lamp for the Leafs, who opened their season with a 4-3 victory in Montreal on Tuesday. Jonathan Bernier kicked aside 31 of the 32 shots he faced in the victory. Brayden Schenn scored the lone goal for the Flyers, who missed the playoffs last year for the first time since 2006-07.  Steve Mason allowed all three goals on 25 shots in the setback.

 

Avs Blast Ducks In Season Opener

(Denver, CO) -- Jamie McGinn scored twice to lead the Avalanche to a 6-1 rout of the Ducks in the season opener for both teams at the Pepsi Center. Steve Downie and Ryan O'Reilly both had a goal and an assist, while Matt Duchene and John Mitchell also lit the lamp for the Avs, who won in head coach Patrick Roy's debut. Eighteen-year-old Nathan MacKinnon, the 2013 number-one overall pick, had two assists in his NHL debut. Semyon Varlamov denied 35 of the 36 shots he faced in the victory. Jakob Silfverberg scored the lone goal for Anaheim. Viktor Fasth allowed all six goals on 29 shots in defeat.

 

Penguins' Vokoun Out 3-to-6 Months

(Pittsburgh, PA) -- Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun is expected to miss three-to-six months to recover from surgery to dissolve a blood clot. Vokoun had surgery September 21st and was released from the hospital four days later. General Manager Ray Shero says Vokoun will be on blood thinning medication. Vokoun missed the end of the 2005-06 season and the playoffs while with Nashville due to blood clots in his abdomen.

 

Blues Open Regular Season

(St. Louis, MO) -- The St. Louis Blues begin the regular season tonight when they host the Nashville Predators at the Scottrade Center. The Blues went 3-2-1 in the season. The Preds went 2-4-1 in exhibition play. St. Louis took three-of-four against Nashville last season.

 

Wednesday Scoreboard

NHL

Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Philadelphia Flyers 1

Detroit Red Wings 2, Buffalo Sabres 1

Colorado Avalanche 6, Anaheim Ducks 1

 

Thursday, October 3 Schedule (All Times Central)

NHL

6:00 p.m. - Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins

6:00 p.m. - New Jersey Devils at Pittsburgh Penguins

6:00 p.m. - Calgary Flames at Washington Capitals

7:00 p.m. - Nashville Predators at St. Louis Blues

7:00 p.m. - Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild

7:30 p.m. - Florida Panthers at Dallas Stars

9:00 p.m. - New York Rangers at Phoenix Coyotes

9:00 p.m. - Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks