|Wednesday's NHL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 03 October 2007 18:52|
By The Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) -Jiri Hudler scored and Dominik Hasek made three saves in a shootout, lifting Detroit to a 3-2 victory over Anaheim on Wednesday night in a rematch of the Western Conference finals.
Anaheim's Todd Bertuzzi scored and set up a go-ahead goal late in the second period for the defending Stanley Cup champions against his former team, but the Red Wings tied it at 2 early in the third.
Tomas Holmstrom tied the game on a power-play goal off a cross-crease assist from Henrik Zetterberg, who had scored midway through the first period.
Anaheim's Ilya Bryzgalov made 40 saves, playing for injured goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Hasek stopped 13 shots.
Canadiens 3, Hurricanes 2, OT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Saku Koivu scored his second power-play goal of the game 1:05 into overtime to lift the Canadiens.
Mark Streit also scored and Andrei Markov had two assists for Montreal, which scored all three goals on the power play.
Moments after Niclas Wallin was called for cross-checking, the Canadiens worked the puck back to Koivu, who snapped the game-winner past Cam Ward's glove side.
Erik Cole and Bret Hedican scored for Carolina, which began its 10th season in North Carolina by losing its fifth straight opener.
Senators 4, Maple Leafs 3, OT
TORONTO (AP) - Dany Heatley scored his second goal of the game 2:57 into overtime to lift Ottawa past Toronto.
Just hours before the season opener for both teams, Heatley agreed to a new 6-year, $45 million deal with the Senators.
Heatley, who had tied the game late in the third period, buried a wrist shot from the middle of Toronto's zone between the legs of goaltender Andrew Raycroft.
Antoine Vermette and Daniel Alfredsson also scored for the Senators in John Paddock's his first game as head coach.
Nik Antropov, who coach Paul Maurice put on the first line, scored twice for the Maple Leafs, while Matt Stajan had Toronto's other goal.
Avalanche 4, Stars 3
DENVER (AP) - Paul Stastny had his first career hat trick and Andrew Brunette added three assists for Colorado in the season opener for both teams.
Wojtek Wolski added a goal and Jaroslav Hlinka had two assists for Colorado.
Jeff Halpern, Niklas Hagman and Jussi Jokinen scored for the Stars, who had their 10-game unbeaten streak in season openers snapped. It was the longest active streak in the league.
The Avalanche moved to 16-5-7 in franchise history in season openers, the best winning percentage in the NHL.
Colorado led 4-1 to begin the third period, but the Stars made things interesting when Jokinen scored midway through the third and Hagman added another at 17:10.
The Stars pulled goalie Marty Turco with 1:10 remaining, but couldn't score.
Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj finished with 31 saves.