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NHL: Red Wings extend their perfect start

UNBEATEN:The Red Wings’ goaltender, Jimmy Howard, stopped 12 shots in the first period, before they moved up a gear in the second, outshooting Vancouver 24-8

Reuters and AP, DETROIT, MICHIGAN

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, left, makes a stick save against Vancouver Canucks forward Dale Weise during the second period of their NHL game in Detroit, Michigan, on Thursday.

Photo: Reuters

The Detroit Red Wings blanked the Vancouver Canucks 2-0 at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday to extend their perfect start to the new season with a third consecutive win.

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard made 25 saves and was in spectacular form in the first period stopping 12 shots, including two from point-blank by Daniel Sedin.

NHL Central Division leaders Detroit, who also shut out Colorado 3-0 last Saturday with backup Ty Conklin in net, moved up a gear in the second period, outshooting Vancouver 24-8, and they were rewarded with two goals.

“We really took over the game in the second period,” Howard said. “We started to get through the neutral zone and started working on their defense. We got pucks on net. It was a simple, yet effective game plan.”

Justin Abdelkader opened the scoring by converting a cross-ice pass from Todd Bertuzzi and Valtteri Filppula extended the lead to 2-0 less than three minutes later, completing a give-and-go from Johan Franzen with a weak shot that eluded Vancouver goalie Cory Schneider.

Vancouver had chances to get on the board — Cody Hodgson’s shot at the end of the second period beating Howard, but failing to cross the line before time expired and Alex Burrows hit the post with the goal wide open.

“Especially early, he [Howard] made some big saves for them,” Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin said. “If they get the first goal, they can sit back. Both teams are good at sitting back and creating chances off turnovers. Right now, we’re making mistakes. Last year, we waited for the other team to make mistakes.”

CAPITALS 3, PENGUINS 2

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Capitals’ Dennis Wideman scored in overtime to give Washington a win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On the powerplay 2 minutes, 38 seconds into the extra period, Wideman rifled a shot from just inside the right circle past goalie Brent Johnson to keep Washington unbeaten in three games this season.

Alexander Ovechkin scored his first goal of the season for the Capitals, who have won eight straight regular-season games in Pittsburgh. Mike Knuble also scored.

James Neal scored twice for the Penguins, tying it on a power play with 3:45 left in the third.

BLACKHAWKS 4, JETS 3

In Chicago, Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists to help Chicago overcome an early two-goal deficit in a victory over Winnipeg.

Linemate Marian Hossa added a goal and an assist, while Andrew Brunette and Dave Bolland also scored for the Blackhawks.

Jim Slater scored twice early in the first period for the Jets and Kyle Wellwood added a goal late in the second for the team, who were playing their first road game since the franchise relocated from Atlanta in the offseason.

DEVILS 2, KINGS 1, SO

In Newark, New Jersey, Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise scored shootout goals to give New Jersey victory over Los Angeles.

Devils goalie Johan Hedberg, who replaced an injured Martin Brodeur at the start of the second period, made easy stops on the two Kings shootout attempts.

Patrick Elias scored in regulation for New Jersey and Gagne got his first goal as a King to open the game.

AVALANCHE 7, SENATORS 1

In Ottawa, Joakim Lindstrom scored twice to help Colorado cruise past Ottawa.

Goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 15 saves in his first start for the Avalanche.

Rookie Gabriel Landeskog, Milan Hejduk and Matt Duchene each had a goal and an assist, while Daniel Winnik and David Jones also scored for Colorado.

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