The Detroit Red Wings are stocked with great veterans. Yet it was a Swiss rookie and a kid playing his first NHL game who helped them avoid an 0-2 start.
Damien Brunner scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lead the Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over Columbus Monday night before 19,206, the largest regular-season crowd at Nationwide Arena in the Blue Jackets’ 11-plus seasons.
Brian Lashoff arrived just before the game and scored in his NHL debut and fellow defenseman Ian White also had a goal for Detroit, which finally ended a shutout streak of 81:11 that included a humiliating 6-0 loss in its opener on Saturday night in St. Louis.
It wasn’t all young kids, however. Wily perennial All-Star Pavel Datsyuk had a goal to send the game into overtime with six minutes remaining, and also had an assist.
Cam Atkinson, James Wisniewski, and Vinny Prospal scored during regulation for Columbus.
Sabres 2, Maple Leafs 1 — Ryan Miller stopped 34 shots to lead Buffalo past host Toronto.
Miller lost his shutout bid when Nazem Kadri scored on the power play with 1:42 remaining, his second goal of the season. Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul appeared to tie it seconds later with goalie Ben Scrivens on the bench, but the goal was disallowed.
Cody Hodgson and Jason Pominville had goals for Buffalo.
Miller improved to 28-14-0 in his career against Toronto and came in with a 2.44 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. He has more wins against Toronto than any other team.
Blues 4, Predators 3 — T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen scored in the shootout, and St. Louis edged host Nashville.
The Blues won the Central Division last season, but the Predators won the season series, 4-1-1, with three of those games going to a shootout.
This time, the Blues had the only goals in a shootout that lasted only two rounds. Brian Elliott, who came off the bench in the second period, stopped Craig Smith and Martin Erat to get the win.
Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and two assists for St. Louis. Andy McDonald had a power-play goal and an assist, Alex Pietrangelo’s goal tied it up in the third, and Kevin Shattenkirk had two assists.
Islanders 4, Lightning 3 — David Ullstrom scored early in the third period to give host New York a big lead, and the Islanders held on for the win.
Coach Jack Capuano returned to the Islanders after missing the opening-night loss to New Jersey on Saturday because of surgery to remove a kidney stone.