Avs begin Cup defense with win over Penguins

Posted: Thursday, October 04, 2001

PITTSBURGH -- Vaclav Nedorost had a goal and an assist in his first NHL game and Patrick Roy, as dominating at the start of a new season as he was at the end of last season for Stanley Cup champion Colorado, shut down Pittsburgh in the Avalanche's 3-1 victory Wednesday night.

Roy, the playoffs MVP last season as Colorado won its second cup in five years, turned aside 32 of 33 shots and was working on his 53rd career shutout until Robert Lang scored with 6:59 remaining in the opening night game.

Mario Lemieux had a quiet night for Pittsburgh in his first season opener in five years, setting up a couple of good scoring chances but getting few of his own as the Penguins played their first game since 1989 without five-time scoring champion Jaromir Jagr on their roster.

Nedorost, a 19-year-old rookie and a 2000 first-round draft pick, scored Colorado's first goal and set up its second.

Senators 5, Maple Leafs 4

TORONTO -- Wade Redden, Marian Hossa, Andre Roy, Radek Bonk and Todd White scored as Ottawa began the post-Alexei Yashin era with a victory over Toronto.

The Senators, swept by Toronto in the first round of last season's playoffs, didn't need their former top scorer, who was traded to the New York Islanders in the offseason.

Toronto's Alexander Mogilny, signed as a free agent, scored twice in his Maple Leafs debut. Mogilny had 43 goals for New Jersey last season. Mats Sundin and Gary Roberts also scored for Toronto.

Toronto's Curtis Joseph, an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, allowed five goals on 24 shots.

Flames 1, Oilers 0

CALGARY, Alberta -- Roman Turek made 24 saves in his Calgary debut and Marc Savard scored the only goal.

Savard broke through at 6:13 of the third period. Derek Morris' slap shot from the blue line deflected off the foot of a sliding Mike Grier and caromed across the slot to Savard, who had an empty net with goaltender Tommy Salo trapped out of position.

Edmonton was 0-for-9 on the power play as it opened a season for the first time in nine years without Doug Weight, the team's former captain who was traded to St. Louis.

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