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Sport Sabres beat Penguins 3-1 in opener for both teams

17:30  04 october  2019
17:30  04 october  2019 Source:   ap.org

Crosby being evaluated after blocking shot in preseason finale

  Crosby being evaluated after blocking shot in preseason finale Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is being evaluated by medical staff after blocking a shot Saturday in the club's preseason finale versus the Buffalo Sabres, head coach Mike Sullivan announced. Crosby left the game in the first period and didn't return. Penguins forward Bryan Rust is also being evaluated after blocking a shot himself. Sullivan said the team will probably have more definitive answers on the matter on Sunday morning. Crosby was spotted leaving the arena with a slight limp but had no walking boot or crutches, according to Seth Rorabaugh of the Tribune-Review.Pittsburgh opens its regular season Thursday versus the Sabres.

Buffalo beat Pittsburgh in regulation for the first time since April 23, 2013. Krueger last coached in the NHL in 2012-13 when the Edmonton Oilers had 19 wins during a shortened Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots to help Tampa Bay extend its winning streak in season openers to an NHL-best six.

Buffalo beat Pittsburgh in regulation for the first time since April 23, 2013. Krueger last coached in the NHL in 2012-13 when the Edmonton Oilers had 19 wins during a shortened Sheary, who won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins , has four goals and six points in four games against his former team .

PITTSBURGH (AP) Conor Sheary scored twice against his old team and Carter Hutton stopped 26 shots in the Buffalo Sabres’ 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night in the opener for both teams.

a hockey game in the snow: Buffalo Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons (28) collides with Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)© APWF Buffalo Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons (28) collides with Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) a hockey game in the snow: Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) watches a shot by New York Rangers right wing Kaapo Kakko (24) before making the save during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)© APWF Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) watches a shot by New York Rangers right wing Kaapo Kakko (24) before making the save during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Rasmus Dahlin also scored to help Buffalo give Ralph Krueger a victory in his Sabres coaching debut. Buffalo beat Pittsburgh in regulation for the first time since April 23, 2013.

Former Sabres captains help kick off franchise's 50th season

  Former Sabres captains help kick off franchise's 50th season BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Floyd Smith still vividly remembers the ceremonial faceoff he took against Montreal Canadiens captain Jean Beliveau before the Buffalo Sabres' first home game in franchise history. © APWF Buffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton (40) gets into position to block a shot during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The Sabres won 3-1. (AP Photo/Gene J.

Conor Sheary scored twice against his old team and Carter Hutton stopped 26 shots in the Buffalo Sabres ’ 3 - 1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opener for both teams .

The Penguins and Flyers are heated rivals, and both teams tried to embrace that rivalry. There were a combined 77 hits between the two teams , including seven each from Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke and Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo. But it seemed as if both teams had trouble sustaining their energy levels.

a hockey game in the snow: Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) blocks a shot by Dallas Stars forward Radek Faksa (12) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Dallas. Boston won 2-1. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)© APWF Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) blocks a shot by Dallas Stars forward Radek Faksa (12) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Dallas. Boston won 2-1. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Krueger last coached in the NHL in 2012-13 when the Edmonton Oilers had 19 wins during a shortened 48-game regular season. Buffalo went 33-39-10 under Phil Housley last season.

Sheary, who played on two Stanley Cup champion teams with the Penguins, has four goals and six points in four games against his former club.

Evgeni Malkin scored on the power play for Pittsburgh. Matt Murray made 38 saves.

BRUINS 2, STARS 1

DALLAS (AP) - Brett Ritchie scored on his first shift against his former team barely a minute into the game and Boston beat Dallas to open defense of its Eastern Conference title.

Sabres assistant coach Don Granato hospitalized with severe pneumonia

  Sabres assistant coach Don Granato hospitalized with severe pneumonia Buffalo Sabres assistant coach Don Granato has been hospitalized with severe pneumonia and will be taking a medical leave from the team, the club announced on Tuesday. Chris Taylor, the head coach of the Sabres' AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, will assist the Sabres' coaching staff in the interim. Meanwhile, Americans assistant coach Gord Dineen will serve as head coach of the AHL squad. Granato, 52, joined Ralph Krueger's staff with theChris Taylor, the head coach of the Sabres' AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, will assist the Sabres' coaching staff in the interim. Meanwhile, Americans assistant coach Gord Dineen will serve as head coach of the AHL squad.

PITTSBURGH — Conor Sheary scored twice against his old team and Carter Hutton stopped 26 shots in the Buffalo Sabres ‘ 3 - 1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night in the opener for both teams . Rasmus Dahlin also scored to help Buffalo give Ralph Krueger a victory in his Sabres

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Danton Heinen had a power-play goal in the first period, and Tuukka Rask made 28 saves in a meeting of teams that lost Game 7s in the playoffs to Stanley Cup champion St. Louis last season - the Stars in double overtime in the second round and the Bruins in the Cup finals.

Roope Hintz scored for Dallas. Ben Bishop gave up goals on the first two Boston shots before saving the final 18.

a group of baseball players that are standing in front of a crowd: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) celebrates with defenseman Victor Hedman (77) after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)© APWF Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) celebrates with defenseman Victor Hedman (77) after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

LIGHTNING 5, PANTHERS 2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Reigning NHL MVP Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist, Kevin Shattenkirk and Pat Maroon scored in their Tampa Bay debuts, and the Lightning opened the season with a victory over Florida.

a group of hockey players on the snow: Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) blocks Carolina Hurricanes left wing Erik Haula (56), of Finland, while Canadiens defenseman Victor Mete (53) watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)© APWF Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) blocks Carolina Hurricanes left wing Erik Haula (56), of Finland, while Canadiens defenseman Victor Mete (53) watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Ondrej Palat snapped a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal midway through the third period. Maroon, who helped St. Louis win its first Stanley Cup last season, made it 4-2 before Erik Cernak added an empty-netter.

Zibanejad has hat trick in Rangers' 4-1 win over Senators

  Zibanejad has hat trick in Rangers' 4-1 win over Senators OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Mika Zibanejad had his third career hat trick and added an assist to help the New York Rangers beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Saturday night. © APWF New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrates his hat trick with teammates Lias Andersson (28) and Marc Staal (18) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP) Zibanejad, who was drafted sixth overall by the Senators in 2011, is only the second player in Rangers history to record eight points in the first two games of the season.

Conor Sheary scored twice Thursday as the visiting Buffalo Sabres downed the Pittsburgh Penguins 3 - 1 in the season opener for both clubs. Sheary, a former Penguins winger who won two Stanley Cups with them, has four goals and six points in four games against his former team .

Conor Sheary scored two goals against his former team , helping the Buffalo Sabres defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3 - 1 in the season opener for Evgeni Malkin scored, and Matt Murray made 38 saves for the Penguins , who were 15-0-3 in their previous 18 games and 8-0- 1 in their previous nine

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots to help Tampa Bay extend its winning streak in season openers to an NHL-best six. Mike Hoffman and Vincent Trocheck scored for Florida, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves in his debut for the Panthers.

HURRICANES 4, CANADIENS 3, SO

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Dougie Hamilton scored in the shootout, Petr Mrazek stopped three shots in the tiebreaker and Carolina beat Montreal in the teams’ opener.

Erik Haula, making his debut with the Hurricanes, tied it at 3 with 13:05 left. Martin Necas also scored with the man advantage for a Carolina team that struggled in those situations during the postseason.

Lucas Wallmark also scored, Hamilton had two assists and Mrazek made 33 saves for the Hurricanes.

Jordan Weal, Tomas Tatar and Jesperi Kotkaniemi each scored for Montreal during a three-goal second period that erased an early 2-0 deficit, with the goals by Tatar and Kotkaniemi coming 1:04 apart. Carey Price stopped 40 shots.

RANGERS 6, JETS 4

NEW YORK (AP) - Brett Howden broke a tie with 4:09 remaining and New York beat Winnipeg in a wild season opener.

Johansson scores in OT, Sabres top Canadiens 5-4

  Johansson scores in OT, Sabres top Canadiens 5-4 BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Marcus Johansson scored 1:30 into overtime, leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. © APWF Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel (9) and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Christian Folin (32) work along the boards during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) Jack Eichel scored twice and added two assists, and the Sabres improved to 3-0-1, the team's best start since opening the 2009-10 season 4-0-1.

Conor Sheary scored twice against his old team and Carter Hutton stopped 26 shots in the Buffalo Sabres ’ 3 - 1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night in the opener for both teams . Rasmus Dahlin also scored to help Buffalo give Ralph Krueger a victory in his Sabres coaching debut.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Cam Atkinson scored the tiebreaking goal on a third-period power play, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Buffalo Sabres 3 - 1 in the season opener for both teams Thursday night.

Mika Zibanejad had a goal and three assists, Jacob Trouba added a goal and two assists, and Artemi Panarin had a goal and an assist for New York. Marc Staal also scored, and Henrik Lundqvist - making his 14th consecutive opening-day start - stopped 43 shots.

The Jets went on their fifth power play with 1:37 left, and were skating with a 6-on-4 advantage when Brendan Smith scored into the empty net with 17 seconds remaining.

Blake Wheeler had two goals, Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor also scored, and Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves.

PREDATORS 5, WILD 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Forsberg each had a goal and an assist and Nashville rallied with four third-period goals to beat Minnesota in the opener for both teams.

Mikael Granlund, Austin Watson and Viktor Arvidsson also scored goals for the Predators, and Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots. Matt Duchene, who signed a seven-year deal with Nashville as a free agent, had three assists. Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba scored for Minnesota, and Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves.

AVALANCHE 5, FLAMES 3

DENVER (AP) - Mikko Rantanen had two goals less than a week after agreeing to a contract with Colorado, and Joonas Donskoi also scored twice in his debut to help the Avalanche beat Calgary.

J.T. Compher also scored, and Philipp Grubauer made 26 saves for Colorado. Mark Giordano, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau scored for Calgary.

DUCKS 2, COYOTES 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Cam Fowler scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, John Gibson made 32 saves and Anaheim beat Arizona in Dallas Eakins’ debut as coach.

Fowler skated around a pair of Arizona defenders and lofted a wrist shot that beat Darcy Kuemper on his glove side with 32 seconds remaining in the second. Derek Grant also scored for the Ducks, who have won three straight season openers.

Eakins was hired during the offseason after coaching the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in San Diego for four seasons. This is Eakins’ second stint in the NHL after two-plus seasons with Edmonton (2013-15).

Derek Stepan had Arizona’s goal, while Kuemper stopped 27 shots.

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McCann, second-period burst leads Pens past Blue Jackets .
PITTSBURGH (AP) Jared McCann scored twice as the Pittsburgh Penguins had five goals in the second period to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2 on Saturday night. © APWF Pittsburgh Penguins' Jared McCann celebrates the first of his two goals during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) © APWF Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins watches the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J.

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