Martin Brodeur made 24 saves for his 120th NHL shutout, Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a shorthanded penalty shot, and the New Jersey Devils won their home opener Tuesday, 3-0, over the winless Philadelphia Flyers.
Travis Zajac and David Clarkson scored first-period goals for the defending Eastern Conference champions, 2-0 in the lockout-shortened season.
The Flyers dropped to 0-3, matching their worst start since they also lost their first three games in the lockout-shortened 1995 season. Philadelphia rebounded that year to win the Atlantic Division, and the Devils won their first Stanley Cup championship that season with Brodeur in goal.
Brodeur was the difference this time in recording his 10th shutout against Philadelphia. He was outstanding in the first period, stopping nine shots when the Flyers played with desperation.
The Devils, had only three shots in the period against goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. Zajac and Clarkson, who scored in the Devils’ 2-1 season-opening win over the Islanders on Saturday, both scored again.
New Jersey never looked back.
Kovalchuk, who played in Russia during the lockout and was a little late in getting back for training camp, brought the crowd of 17,650 to its feet on the Devils’ fourth shot early in the second period. He was hooked by defenseman Kimmo Timonen on a semi-breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot at 2:44.
Kovalchuk wasted no time once the puck was put down at center ice. He skated quickly at Bryzgalov and beat him with a backhander to the upper part of the net for his first goal of the season.
The only question after that was whether Brodeur would add to his career-leading shutout total. Wayne Simmonds had the best scoring chance with a shot from the right circle that had Brodeur out of position. However, the 40-year-old goalie slid across the crease and made a pad save.
It must have frustrated Simmonds because he bumped Brodeur after another glove save later in the period, sparking a little melee. Clarkson and Simmonds traded punches in a third-period scuffle.
Sharks 6, Oilers 3 — Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture, and Joe Thornton combined for 9 points during a six-goal first period as San Jose spoiled Edmonton's home opener.
Marleau and Couture had two goals and an assist apiece while Thornton set up three scores for the Sharks, who went 3 for 5 on the power play.
Nail Yakupov and defenseman Justin Schultz each scored their first NHL goal and Taylor Hall also tallied for the Oilers.
Edmonton got into penalty trouble early and San Jose took advantage. With two Oilers in the box, defenseman Dan Boyle buried a one-timer from the right faceoff circle at 3:17 to begin the first-period onslaught. With the Sharks still on the power play, Couture beat Devan Dubnyk with a wrist shot from the left faceoff dot 73 seconds later for a 2-0 lead.
Dubnyk made 11 saves in the first period, but was replaced by Yann Danis to start the second.
Jets 4, Capitals 2 — Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler each provided a goal and an assist as the Winnipeg ended Washington’s 10-game winning streak in home openers.
Two games and two losses into the lockout-shortened season — and new Washington boss Adam Oates’s NHL head coaching career — Alex Ovechkin doesn’t have a goal, the Capitals have been outscored, 10-5, and their opponents are 5 for 12 on power plays.
Lightning 4, Hurricanes 1 — Keith Aulie scored the momentum-shifting goal that propelled Tampa Bay to a victory in Raleigh, N.C.
Tom Pyatt and Cory Conacher scored early goals, Ryan Malone added a power-play tally, and Vincent Lecavalier had two assists. The Lightning pulled away with two goals in the third period.
Canadiens 4, Panthers 1 — Andrei Markov scored two goals, his first in two seasons, and Alex Galchenyuk had the first of his NHL career to help host Montreal beat Florida.
Markov had played only 17 games since he last scored on Nov. 9, 2010, due to two successive surgeries on the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Both of his goals came on power plays.
Predators 3, Wild 1 — Martin Erat scored an unassisted goal for Nashville with 8:15 left when Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom couldn’t clear the puck as the visiting Predators earned their first victory.
Stars 2, Red Wings 1 — Michael Ryder scored in the first and third periods and Kari Lehtonen came within 3.4 seconds of a shutout as Dallas spoiled Detroit’s home opener.
Blackhawks 3, Blues 2 — Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook, and Viktor Stalberg scored to back Corey Crawford as Chicago hung on in its home opener.
Avalanche 3, Kings 1 — Gabriel Landeskog and David Jones scored 1:35 apart in the final period to help Colorado rally over visiting Los Angeles.