James Neal scored twice, Evgeni Malkin assisted on three goals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins chased reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist in the second period of a 6-3 victory over the Rangers in New York’s home opener.
Neal, Tyler Kennedy, and Matt Niskanen all scored in the first period, and Malkin set up Pascal Dupuis in the second to drive Lundqvist to the bench.
Veteran backup Tomas Vokoun started for Pittsburgh over Marc-Andre Fleury and was solid in making 31 saves.
Sabres 5, Flyers 2 — Thomas Vanek scored twice and added three assists in leading Buffalo to a season-opening win over visiting Philadelphia.
Tyler Myers scored the go-ahead goal with 5:03 left after the Sabres overcame a 2-1 second-period deficit.
Claude Giroux, with his second goal of the season, and Sean Couturier scored for the Flyers, who were coming off a 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh Saturday.
Blackhawks 6, Coyotes 4 — Dave Bolland had two goals and an assist, Marian Hossa scored twice against the team that knocked him out of last year’s playoffs, and visiting Chicago spoiled another celebration by holding off Phoenix.
Chicago ruined the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony Saturday and did the same to the Coyotes after their Pacific Division banner unveiling.
Hossa was knocked out of the playoffs on a blindside hit by Phoenix’s Raffi Torres.
Oilers 3, Canucks 2 — Ales Hemsky scored in the third period to tie the game and added the shootout winner and Edmonton started its season by edging host Vancouver.
Roberto Luongo, who was expected to be traded after being displaced as Vancouver’s starter by Cory Schneider in the playoffs, made his second straight showing and finished with 30 saves.
Wild 1, Stars 0 — Zach Parise had his first goal with the Wild, Josh Harding stopped 24 shots in his first start since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and host Minnesota silenced Dallas.
Sharks 4, Flames 1 — Patrick Marleau scored twice during a three-goal second period as visiting San Jose defeated Calgary in the teams’ opener.