Lemieux scores twice as Penguins blast Rangers

Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2002

PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux scored his first two goals since late January and Aleksey Morozov had two goals in the opening six minutes as the Pittsburgh Penguins bounced back from their worst opening game loss ever, beating the New York Rangers 6-0 Saturday night.

Defenseman Dick Tarnstrom, scratched from the Penguins' 6-0 loss Thursday to Toronto, added a goal and two assists as Pittsburgh opened a 4-0 lead with 6 1/2 minutes left in the first period.

Penguins goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin, replacing opening game starter Johan Hedberg, turned aside 30 shots for his first victory at home since March 10, 2001, and his first shutout since Feb. 14, 2000, against Vancouver. He won only three times overall last season, but is 7-1-2 in his career against the Rangers.

Sabres 6, Canadiens 1

MONTREAL -- Taylor Pyatt scored twice and Martin Biron made 19 saves as the Buffalo routed Montreal in the Canadiens' home opener.

Tim Connolly, Miroslav Satan, Jochen Hecht and Vaclav Varada also scored for Buffalo as the Sabres beat league MVP Jose Theodore for all six goals.

Capitals 2, Islanders 1

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Jaromir Jagr scored a power-play goal with 4:36 left, lifting Washington over the New York Islanders in a game in which the Capitals had only 14 shots.

Calle Johansson's poorly struck shot trickled to Jagr near the right post. He sent the puck toward goaltender Chris Osgood, who got his right pad on it but knocked it into the net.

Panthers 5, Thrashers 4, OT

ATLANTA -- Olli Jokinen scored off a rebound with 10.2 seconds left in overtime as Florida overcame a hat trick by Shawn McEachern to beat Atlanta.

The teams were skating 3-on-3 after penalties five seconds apart in the extra period. Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo was called for delay of game, and Ilya Kovalchuk was caught with an illegal stick.

Senators 2, Maple Leafs 1

TORONTO -- Petr Schastlivy scored on a power play with 22 seconds left, sending Ottawa past Toronto and spoiling the Maple Leafs' home opener.

Patrick Lalime made 22 saves for the Senators, who have been knocked out of the playoffs by the Maple Leafs the last three seasons.

After Toronto's Travis Green received a roughing penalty, Schastlivy chased down the puck by the right faceoff circle and fired a slap shot past goaltender Trevor Kidd.

Lightning 5, Hurricanes 1

TAMPA, Fla. -- Ruslan Fedotenko had two goals and Nikolai Khabibulin made 21 saves, leading Tampa Bay past Eastern Conference champion Carolina.

Martin St. Louis and Dave Andreychuk had power-play goals during a three-goal first period for the Lightning (2-0), who are two-games over .500 for the first time since Oct. 29, 1996. Tampa Bay has opened the season with two consecutive wins for the first time in team history.

Devils 3, Blue Jackets 2

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Patrik Elias scored the winning goal with 7:40 remaining to give New Jersey a victory over Columbus in the Devils' home opener.

Sergei Brylin and Mike Danton also scored for New Jersey, which opened the season with consecutive wins for the first time since 1995.

Sean Pronger and Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre had the Columbus goals.

Oilers 3, Predators 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mike Comrie scored midway through the third period, carrying Edmonton to victory in Nashville's home opener.

The Predators, who failed to win their first home game for a fifth straight season, took the first seven shots of the third period without breaking a 2-2 tie.

Wild 2, Blues 2, OT

ST. LOUIS -- Andrew Brunette scored with 15. 4 seconds left in the third period to lead Minnesota to an overtime tie.

Brunette, stationed in front of the net, converted a pass from Marian Gaborik with Wild goaltender Dwayne Roloson on the bench for a sixth attacker. It was Brunette's second goal of the season.

Stars 5, Coyotes 2

PHOENIX -- Pierre Turgeon scored the go-ahead goal with 7:54 left, leading unbeaten Dallas over Phoenix in the Coyotes' home opener. Bill Guerin and Rob DiMaio added goals in the last 1:15 to turn the game into a rout.

Turgeon also had an assist. He made it 3-2 in the third with a shot between the legs of goalie Sean Burke.

Canucks 5, Sharks 3

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Trent Klatt scored his second goal of the game with 4:37 left as Vancouver won its home opener.

San Jose rallied from a two-goal third period deficit and tied it on Marco Sturm's second goal of the period at 14:37, but Klatt restored Vancouver's lead 46 seconds later. Matt Cooke added an empty-net goal.

Kings 3, Red Wings 2

LOS ANGELES -- Jason Allison scored twice in the first period Saturday night to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory over the NHL champion Detroit Red Wings.

The Red Wings are winless in eight games in Los Angeles (0-6-1-1) since a playoff game in April 2000.

Flyers 5, Flames 4

CALGARY, Alberta -- Mark Recchi had three goals and assisted on Jeremy Roenick's winner with 1:10 left as the Philadelphia Flyers scored three times in the final six minutes to beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 Saturday night.

After three consecutive goals on two-man advantages late in the second period put Calgary ahead 4-2, the Flyers' put their power play to work late in the third.

Two minutes after Recchi had pulled the Flyers within 4-3 at 14:13, he scored his third on a power play at 15:58 when he moved in from the blue line and beat goalie Roman Turek on a shot that deflected off the glove of Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr.

Seven seconds after a goalie interference call against Jarome Iginla, Recchi zipped a cross-ice pass to Roenick, who one-timed his first goal of the season past Turek.

Iginla was called for the foul although he appeared to be checked into goalie Roman Cechmanek by Flyers defenseman Eric Desjardins. The call angered the Saddledome crowd and left them booing even after the game ended.

Philadelphia finished 2-for-10 on the power-play; the Flames went 3-for-9.

Justin Williams also scored for Philadelphia (1-0-1-0), which is unbeaten on a three-game road trip that ends in Montreal on Tuesday. Martin Gelinas scored twice and Iginla and Craig Conroy had a goal each for Calgary (0-2-0-0).

The Flyers led 2-1 before a power-play display by the Flames late in the second produced three goals in a 2:35 span.

Gelinas tied the game with his first as a Flame at 17:24, tipping in a slap shot on a 5-on-3. With Eric Weinrich still in the penalty box from an earlier high-sticking, Roenick then took a roughing penalty at 18:21. Justin Williams protested and drew two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Just 27 seconds later, Gelinas took a pass from Conroy and from the side of the net fired high over a sprawling Cechmanek. Iginla made it 4-2 just as the buzzer sounded to end the period. Officials checked the video before declaring the shot had crossed the line before time ran out. By the time it was ruled a goal, the entire Philadelphia team had gone to the dressing room.

Philadelphia opened the scoring with 28 seconds left in the first when Williams deflected in Eric Weinrich's shot from the blue line. Notes: Calgary left wing Craig Berube played in his 100th game for the Flames. ... Before the game, Berube received gifts from the Flames and Flyers organizations. Berube began his career with the Flyers in 1986 and played in 235 games with them over five seasons.

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