Links to highlights from the opening night of this shortened NHL season, some residual lockout stuff, and the Buffalo Sabres re-sign GM Darcy Regier.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: 42-year-old Teemu Selanne had a four-point night (2 goals, 2 assists) leading the Anaheim Ducks to a 7-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: 40-year-old Jaromir Jagr also had a 2-goal, 2-assist night as he led the Stars to a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: 4o-year-old Martin Brodeur made 19 saves as the New Jersey Devils nipped the NY Islanders 2-1.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: 39-year-old Alex Kovalev had a goal and two assists, as dud rookie Jonathan Huberdeau, as the Florida Panthers blew away the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Did we flash back to the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season? Impressive starts for these NHL greybeards.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Marian Hossa scored twice while Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each tallied a goal and an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks thumped the defending Stanley Cup champion LA Kings 5-2.
SPECTOR’ S NOTE: Hossa showed no lingering effects from last year’s season-ending concussion, while playing in Switzerland was certainly beneficial for Kane.
STLTODAY.COM: Rookie Vladimir Taransenko and veteran winger Chris Stewart each scored twice as the Blues crushed the Detroit Red Wings 6-0.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury collected a franchise record 227th win backstopping his team to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
BOSTON HERALD: Milan Lucic had a goal and an ejection as the Bruins downed the New York Rangers 3-1.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild’s top line of Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley accounted for two power-play goals, while rookie center Mikael Granlund potted his first NHL goal as the Wild downed the Colorado Avalanche 4-2.
TAMPA TRIBUNE: 37-year-old Martin St. Louis scored twice and goalie Anders Lindback made 27 saves as the Lightning doubled up the Washington Capitals 6-3.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: New Blue Jackets forwards Nick Foligno and Artem Anisimov each had a goal, and newcomer Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves, leading their club to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs channeled his inner C. Montgomery Burns during yesterday’s press conference prior to the Bruins-NY Rangers game, blaming the NHLPA for the lockout.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres owner Terry Pegula has agreed to a contract extension with GM Darcy Regier.