Eric Staal scored two first-period goals as the Carolina Hurricanes spoiled Pittsburgh's season opener with a 4-1 victory on Friday.
Cam Ward stopped 33 shots and took a shutout into the final minutes, Jeff Hamilton had a goal and two assists and Andrew Ladd also scored for the Hurricanes, who earned their first victory by frustrating two of the Penguins' young stars.
Mark Recchi scored for Pittsburgh, but goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was peppered for two periods and Sidney Crosby was neutralized in the 20-year-old's first game as Pittsburgh captain.
The reigning league MVP and youngest player to wear the captain's jersey in NHL history, Crosby was held to one shot in 19:27 of ice time after entering with an average of one point per game in eight meetings with Carolina. Fleury allowed goals on two of the first eight shots he faced, finishing with 22 saves before he was benched during the second intermission.
Blue Jackets 4, Ducks 0
In Columbus, Ohio, Rick Nash had two goals and a career-best four points to help Columbus beat road-weary Anaheim.
Sergei Fedorov and Ron Hainsey each added a power-play goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, opening their first full season under coach Ken Hitchcock.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks looked tired and disorganized for the first two periods. They opened the season with two games in London -- England, not Ontario -- last weekend. They flew to Detroit on Wednesday before traveling on to Columbus.
Islanders 6, Sabres 4>b
In Buffalo, New York, Mike Comrie scored twice and had two assists in his Islanders debut, helping New York beat Buffalo and open with a victory for the first time since 2001.
Ruslan Fedotenko had a goal and two assists, including the 100th of his career, and Bill Guerin added three assists, while Comrie's four-point game matched a career high. Chris Campoli and Josef Vasicek also scored for New York.
Comrie, who finished last season with Ottawa, centered a newcomer line -- Fedotenko played in Tampa Bay and Guerin in San Jose -- that's finding instant chemistry, and might make Islanders fans forget the team losing Ryan Smyth and Jason Blake last summer.
Capitals 3, Thrashers 1
In Atlanta, Michael Nylander and John Erskine scored two goals in a 2-minute span in the first period to lead Washington over Atlanta.
Viktor Kozlov added a goal in the third for the Capitals.
Brent Johnson stopped 28 shots for the Capitals, who outshot the Thrashers 40-29.
Atlanta was 5-1-2 against Washington while winning the Southeast Division last season, but the Thrashers' big scorers Ilya Kovalchuk and Marian Hossa couldn't break through in this opener.
The Thrashers' only goal was scored by rookie Bryan Little in his NHL debut.
Stars 4, Bruins 1
In Dallas, Brenden Morrow scored off an assist from Mike Modano as Dallas improved to 8-0-1 in its last nine home openers by beating Boston.
While Modano got career point No. 1,227, five shy of matching Phil Housley for the most by a US-born player, rookie defenseman Matt Niskanen assisted on the first two Dallas goals. Sergei Zubov had a goal and an assist.
The Stars, who started the season with a loss at Colorado on Wednesday, won their fifth straight home opener.
Sharks 3, Canucks 1
In Vancouver, British Columbia, Jeremy Roenick scored twice -- the 496th and 497th goals of his career -- to lead San Jose over Vancouver.
After losing a shootout in Edmonton the previous night and arriving late in Vancouver, the Sharks got off to a strong start to spoil the Canucks' season opener.
Joe Thornton opened the scoring 5:30 in by turning a 2-on-1 into a breakaway shot.
Uncertainty grips next year’s postponed Tokyo Olympic Games: Will there be fans or empty stadiums in 14 months? How will thousands of athletes, staff members and technical officials travel, be housed and stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic? And the Tokyo Games are not the only event. China, where COVID-19 was first detected, is to hold three mega-sports events in the year after the Tokyo Olympics are set to close. The World University Games in Chengdu, China, are to open, with up to 8,000 athletes, only 10 days after the Tokyo Games close. Next come the Beijing Winter Olympics beginning on Feb. 4, 2022,
PANDEMIC HYGIENE: Players had their temperatures checked, carried their own equipment and towels, and tapped rackets to congratulate the match winners Alison Riske and Danielle Collins of the US and Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic were among the winners on Friday, the opening day of a women’s tennis mini-tournament in Florida that offered professional players an opportunity to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The WTA women’s tennis tour canceled four more events this week and is not to resume until at least July 20. However, four women ranked in the top 60 in the world turned out for the UTR Pro Match Series event in Palm Beach, which followed a similar event for men two weeks ago. World No. 51 Collins toppled 28th-ranked compatriot Amanda Anisimova
The Rakuten Monkeys remained atop the CPBL table, despite a 5-7 loss to the Uni-President Lions in Taoyuan yesterday, while the CTBC Brothers fell to the Fubon Guardians at the Taichung Intercontinental Stadium. The visiting Guardians blasted three home runs in their 7-3 triumph, helping Dominican pitcher Henry Sosa pocket his second win of the season. Improving his record to 2-2, Sosa sailed through seven innings, allowing six hits while striking out five. He gave up one earned run in the opening frame, with two Brothers relievers mopping up the final two innings. Fubon’s marquee stars, designated hitter Hu Chin-lung and first baseman
Georgian tennis star Nikoloz Basilashvili, ranked 27th in the world, was on Sunday charged with physically assaulting his ex-wife, prosecutors said. A court in Tbilisi charged Basilashvili with perpetrating “violence against a family member committed in the presence of a minor,” before releasing him on US$30,000 bail, prosecutor Natia Guruli said. He faces up to three years in prison if found guilty. Basilashvili’s ex-wife, Neka Dorokashvili, on Sunday told Mtavari TV that Basilashvili “physically assaulted” her on Friday in the presence of their five-year-old son. Basilashvili denied the charges, his lawyer Irma Chkadua said. The 28-year-old won his second ATP Tour title at the China