PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers are doing just fine without Eric Lindros -- for one game at least.
Eric Desjardins scored two goals, including the game-winner, and rookie Justin Williams added a goal and two assists as the Flyers began the post-Lindros Era with a 6-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.
It was the first time in nine seasons the Flyers played a home opener without Lindros.
Sabres 4, Blackhawks 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo opened with a win, but its new season suddenly resembles the last as goalie Dominik Hasek is hurt again.
Hasek strained a ligament under his left kneecap in the first period of the Sabres' victory over Chicago Blackhawks. Hasek, who missed 40 games last season with a groin strain, is day to day.
Hasek was hurt 11:35 into the game when Buffalo defenseman Jay McKee bowled over Tony Amonte during a scramble in front.
J.P. Dumont, playing against his former team for the first time since he and Doug Gilmour were traded to Buffalo last March, Miroslav Satan, Maxim Afinogenov and Richard Smehlik scored for the Sabres. Gilmour had two assists.
Senators 4, Bruins 4
BOSTON -- Sergei Samsonov, a contract holdout for most of training camp, scored with 3:20 left in the third period and Boston spoiled Alexei Yashin's return to Ottawa with a tie.
The Senators were trailing 3-2 when Yashin, the Senators' career leading scorer who missed last season in his own contract holdout, assisted on Marian Hossa's power-play goal that tied the game with 8:34 left in the third period.
They took a 4-3 lead with 5:23 remaining when Magnus Arvedson skated by defenseman Jarno Kultanen and beat goalie Byron Dafoe from close range.
Red Wings 4, Flames 3
CALGARY, Alberta -- Kirk Maltby scored the game-winning goal while short-handed as Detroit rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Calgary.
In the third period, with Brendan Shanahan off for roughing, Maltby and Kris Draper broke out on a 2-on-1 with Maltby firing a shot from 20 feet that trickled through the pads of goalie Fred Brathwaite.
Coyotes 4, Blues 1
PHOENIX -- Jeremy Roenick and Landon Wilson each had a goal and an assist, and Phoenix beat an old tormenter with a victory over St. Louis.
The Blues knocked Phoenix out of the playoffs in the first round in 1999 and rubbed it in by beating the Coyotes twice in Phoenix last season on the way to a franchise-record 114 points.
But the Coyotes, who were 2-for-21 on the power play against St. Louis last season, scored their first time with an advantage, added three second-period goals and won with defense while taking only three shots in the third.
Mika Alatalo and Brad May also scored for the Coyotes, who got half their goals from new players.
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