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Thursday, 09 October 2008 19:46
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 DETROIT (AP) -The Toronto Maple Leafs watched the Detroit Red Wings hoist the Stanley Cup banner to the rafters, then they put a damper on the celebration.
Pavel Kubina, Dominic Moore and Nikolai Kulemin scored, lifting the Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win Thursday night in the opener for both teams. Vesa Toskala made 35 saves - and stood strong against a power play in the final 30 seconds - to help Ron Wilson win his first regular-season game behind Toronto's bench.
Tomas Holmstrom scored twice for Detroit, which raised its 11th championship banner to the Joe Louis Arena rafters in a pregame ceremony.
Canucks 6, Flames 0
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Alex Burrows scored twice and Roberto Luongo made 25 saves to lead Vancouver.
Steve Bernier also scored, Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist, and Daniel Sedin added three assists as Vancouver's new top line combined for six points. Mattias Ohlund and Rick Rypien, on a short-handed breakaway with 5:18 left, rounded out the scoring as the Canucks won despite being outshot 25-23.
areer shutout for Loungo, moving the new Canucks captain into a tie with Jocelyn Thibault for fifth among active goalies on the all-time list.
Vancouver held a pregame to honor defenseman Luc Bourdon, who died in a motorcycle accident in May. Burrows and Luongo presented the jersey worn by the 21-year-old in his last game to Bourdon's family and former girlfriend.
Bruins 5, Avalanche 4
DENVER (AP) - David Krejci scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:36 remaining and Marc Savard added a goal and an assist to lift Boston.
Blake Wheeler had a goal in his first NHL game and Patrice Bergeron, playing in his first game in nearly a year, had an assist on Phil Kessel goal for the Bruins. Michael Ryder also scored and Tim Thomas stopped 35 shots, including a late flurry in the last 10 seconds after the Avalanche pulled goalie Peter Budaj.
Milan Hejduk, Wojtek Wolski, Jordan Leopold and Cody McLeod scored for Colorado.
Sharks 4, Ducks 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Jonathan Cheechoo scored two goals, Evgeni Nabokov took a shutout into the final minutes and Todd McLellan won his NHL head coaching debut for San Jose.
Christian Ehrhoff and Devin Setoguchi had goals, and Rob Blake added two assists while leading a strong defensive effort in his debut with the Sharks.
Rob Niedermayer scored with 5:25 left in the final period for Anaheim, ending the shutout bid for Nabokov, who made 28 saves. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 37 saves for the Ducks, who are hoping for one more Stanley Cup run for much of the core from the 2007 NHL champions.
 

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