Stempniak Scores, but Flames Fall
Pittsburgh Penguins' Tanner Glass, left, and New York Rangers' Arron Asham fight during the opening seconds of the first period of the NHL hockey game in New York, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Calgary, Alberta — Patrick Marleau scored a pair of goals yesterday to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames in the season-opener for both teams.
Martin Havlat and defenseman Dan Boyle also scored for the Sharks during a three-goal second period.
Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski each had a pair of assists.
Former Dartmouth College captain Lee Stempniak scored for Calgary, which led 1-0 after the opening period.
With the victory, the Sharks spoiled the debut of new Flames coach Bob Hartley.
Sabres 5, Flyers 2
Buffalo, n.y. — Thomas Vanek scored twice and added three assists in leading Buffalo to a season-opening victory over Philadelphia.
Defenseman Tyler Myers scored the go-ahead goal with 5:03 left in the game after the Sabres overcame a 2-1 second-period deficit. Cody Hodgson and newly acquired forward Steve Ott also scored for the Sabres. Captain Jason Pominville set up two goals and Ryan Miller made 27 saves in helping Buffalo improve to 6-1-1 in its past eight season openers.
Penguins 6, Rangers 3
New York — James Neal scored twice, Evgeni Malkin assisted on three Pittsburgh goals, and the Penguins chased reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist from the net in the second period of a victory over New York.
Wild 1, Stars 0
St. Paul, Minn. — Zach Parise scored his first goal with the Wild and Josh Harding stopped all 24 shots he faced in his first start since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis as Minnesota beat Dallas.
Parise notched his third point with the Wild a night after getting two assists in Minnesota’s season-opening win against Colorado.
Parise’s first goal of the season came at 8:11 of the first period just as a 4-on-3 advantage for the Wild expired.
He one-timed a pass from Pierre-Marc Bouchard past Cristopher Nilstorp from the slot.
Nilstorp, who signed with the Stars in June after playing the previous four seasons in the Swedish Elite League, stopped 31 shots in his first career NHL start for Dallas.