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Stepan scores hat trick in NHL debut

WELCOME PUCKS:After being credited with the opening goal, Derek Stepan scored twice in quick succession to complete the hat trick and put the Rangers ahead 4-1

AP, BUFFALO, New York

Pittsburgh Penguins Brooks Orpik, right, gets a stick between the legs from Montreal Canadiens Scott Gomez in the second period of their NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, -Pennsylvania, on Saturday.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Derek Stepan became the fourth player to score three times in his NHL debut as he led the New York Rangers to a season-opening 6-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

After being credited with the opening goal, which caromed off several skates, Stepan scored twice three minutes, 12 seconds apart in the second period to complete the hat trick, putting the Rangers ahead 4-1.

Brandon Dubinsky scored twice and Erik Christensen added a goal for the Rangers.

Buffalo defenseman Jordan Leopold scored twice and added an assist, and Derek Roy also scored for the Sabres in their home opener.

Capitals 7, Devils 2

In Washington, Alex Ovechkin beat Martin Brodeur with a penalty shot to complete Washington’s four-goal second period in a win over New Jersey.

Ovechkin finished with two goals and an assist. John Carlson had a goal and two assists for Washington, which won its ninth straight home opener — a streak that began with a victory over New Jersey in 2001.The Capitals got 31 saves from Michal Neuvirth.

Jason Arnott and Henrik Tallinder had goals for the Devils, 0-1-1 under first-year coach John MacLean. Brodeur stopped only 15 of 20.

Blue Jackets 3, Sharks 2, OT

In Stockholm, Ethan Moreau scored 1:56 into overtime to give Columbus a victory over San Jose and a split of the two-game series in Sweden.

Kristian Huselius and Rick Nash also scored and Steve Mason made 33 saves for Columbus.

Joe Thornton and Devin Setoguchi had goals for San Jose.

The Sharks beat the Blue Jackets 3-2 on Friday night.

Coyotes 5, Bruins 2

In Prague, Radim Vrbata scored twice and added an assist to lead Phoenix past Boston in their NHL season-opening game in the Czech capital.

Nathan Horton scored twice for Boston in the third period.

Vrbata, a Czech right winger, scoring on a rebound of Adrian Aucoin’s shot 7:59 into the game.

The Coyotes took a 4-0 lead in the second period on goals by Taylor Pyatt, Scottie Upshall and Eric Belanger.

Phoenix and Boston were to play the second and final game of their series in Prague yesterday.

Canadiens 3, Penguins 2

In Pittsburgh, Mike Cammalleri and Scott Gomez scored in a 24-second span over the final 2:12 as Montreal rallied for a win over Pittsburgh.

Cammalleri’s second goal of the game was scored when he deflected Josh Gorges’ shot from the right-wing boards, getting it past Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Gomez scored on the next shift.

Evgeni Malkin and Mark Letestu had goals for the Penguins, who were beaten at home by Philadelphia on Thursday.

Cammalleri also scored in the first period for the Canadiens.

Lightning 5, Thrashers 3

In Tampa, Florida, Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist to help new Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher win his NHL debut.

Stamkos had 51 goals last season to tie Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby for the league lead. Steve Downie, Dominic Moore and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Lightning in their season opener.

Atlanta, which trailed 4-0 in the second period, got goals from Tobias Enstrom, Ben Eager and Chris Thorburn.

Stars 5, Islanders 4, SO

In Uniondale, New York, Mike Ribeiro beat goalie Rick DiPietro with a strong backhand-to--forehand move in the final round of a shootout to lift Dallas over the New York Islanders.

Brenden Morrow scored twice, and Jamie Benn and Stephane Robidas added goals for the Stars, 2-0 this season after back-to-back road wins following regulation. Dallas won 4-3 in overtime in New Jersey on Friday night.

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