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Friday, 10 October 2008 21:36
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 SCOREBOARD
Saturday, Oct. 11
New Jersey at Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. EDT). The Penguins play their home opener after starting the season 1-1 against Ottawa in Sweden last weekend.

Sunday, Oct. 12
San Jose at Los Angeles (9 p.m. EDT). The Sharks and Kings complete a home-and-home weekend series. San Jose was 4-3-1 against Los Angeles last season.

STARS
Friday
-Keith Tkachuk, Blues, scored two of St. Louis' four power-play goals in a 5-2 victory over Nashville.
-Bryan Little, Thrashers, had two goals, including the go-ahead score in the third period of a 7-4 victory over Washington.
-Martin Brodeur, Devils, stopped a penalty shot and finished with 25 saves in a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders.
-Rick Nash, Blue Jackets, scored from the slot with 20 seconds left in overtime to lift Columbus to a 5-4 victory at Dallas.
-Brandon Dubinsky, Rangers, had a goal and two assists in a 4-2 victory over Chicago.
-Ales Kotalik and Drew Stafford, Sabres, scored shootout goals in a 2-1 win over Montreal.

STAYING PERFECT
Tampa Bay in the Czech Republic last weekend, the New York Rangers returned home and beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Friday night to improve to 3-0. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots and got his third win.

POWER PLAY
Keith Tkachuk scored two power-play goals, and Brad Boyes and David Backes also scored with the man advantage in St. Louis' 5-2 victory over Nashville on Friday night. The Blues, last in the NHL on the power play with a 14.1-percent success rate last season, were 4-for-6 against the Predators.

RARE WIN
Rick Nash's goal with 20 seconds left in overtime lifted Columbus to a 5-4 victory at Dallas on Friday night, giving the Blue Jackets their second win in the last 19 games against the Stars. It was Nash's 25th career game-winning goal. ... St. Louis' 5-2 win over Nashville on Friday night was the Blues' first win in a season opener since 1996. They had lost 10 straight openers, including two in overtime, since starting with a win over Colorado 12 years ago.

SCORING IN THE SHOOTOUT
Ales Kotalik scored in the shootout of Buffalo's 2-1 win over Montreal on Friday night. It was his 13th goal in 26 career shootout chances. Kotalik scored on what's become his patented move. Driving in on goalie Carey Price, Kotalik faked a shot from 10 feet out and then drove to the left to backhand a shot behind the goalie.

SHAKY DEBUT
t stopped 25 shots in his Blackhawks debut, a 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Friday night. Huet, lured away from Washington with a four-year, $22.45 million deal, replaced former starter Nikolai Khabibulin - who cleared waivers last week and watched from the bench as he began the final season of his four-year, $27 million contract. ... Jose Theodore didn't make it through the second period of his debut with the Capitals, giving up four goals on 17 shots in a 7-4 loss at Atlanta. Brent Johnson replaced him near the midpoint of the middle period and gave up three scores on 14 shots.

CELEBRATION
St. Louis honored Keith Tkachuk during a stoppage in the first period Friday night for his 500th career goal, an empty-netter scored in the finale last season. The 35-year-old forward scored two power-play goals in the Blues' 5-2 win over Nashville in this season's opener.

SIDELINED
ack pain, but had resumed skating with the team this week. ... Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and be sidelined two weeks. He'll have a bone chip removed, the team said. His knee was injured during a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

GREEN LIGHT TO OPEN
The Devils' home opener went on as scheduled Friday night despite a construction code dispute that closed the Prudential Center down this summer. The team obtained a temporary certificate of occupancy to enable it to play the opener against the Islanders, and was closing in on a permanent solution. Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek said the paperwork required for a permanent certificate was submitted to the City of Newark last week.

SIGNED
The Canucks signed 22-year-old defenseman Alex Edler to a four-year contract extension on Friday. The deal will keep Edler under contract through 2012-13. Financial terms were not disclosed. He started his third NHL season with a plus-2 rating in a 6-0 win over Calgary on Thursday night.

SPEAKING
``It was a good pass. ... I got it, closed my eyes and fired away.'' - Columbus' Rick Nash, after scoring with 20 seconds left in overtime to lift the Blue Jackets to a 5-4 season-opening win at Dallas on Friday night. It was his 25th career game-winning goal.
 

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