NHL roundup: Blue Jackets finish rally with Cam Atkinson’s strike

Cam Atkinson scored in the fourth round of a shootout, and the Columbus Blue Jackets rallied from two goals down in the third period to spoil the Islanders’ home opener with a 3-2 victory Saturday night in Uniondale, N.Y.

The Islanders and goalie Evgeni Nabokov seemed to be in complete control before Mark Letestu and Nick Foligno scored 4:19 apart.

The Blue Jackets managed only 12 shots in the first two periods.


New York built its lead in the second period on a power-play goal by defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky and an even-strength tally by Matt Moulson. Visnovsky added an assist and captain John Tavares had two for the Islanders.

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New York, which won its season opener on Friday with a shootout win at New Jersey, got one goal in four rounds against Sergei Bobrovsky — by Moulson, who was the only shootout scorer against the Devils.

Letestu also scored in the shootout, setting the stage for Atkinson’s winner.

Penguins 4, Sabres 1 — Sidney Crosby and Chuck Kobasew both scored their second goals of the season and Marc-Andre Fleury was nearly perfect again, making 20 saves to lead host Pittsburgh over Buffalo.

Craig Adams also scored his second goal and Chris Kunitz converted a penalty shot to help the Penguins open 2-0 for the third straight season. Matt Niskanen added two assists and Pascal Dupuis had an assist.


Fleury has sparkled through two games, turning aside 47 of 48 shots. Thomas Vanek spoiled Fleury’s bid for another shutout at 15:06 of the third.

Blues 7, Panthers 0 — Jaroslav Halak set a franchise record with his 17th shutout and Alex Steen scored on a penalty shot as host St. Louis overpowered Florida.

Newcomers Brenden Morrow and Derek Roy scored their first goals of the season for the Blues, who received goals from seven players. The Blues have outscored their opponents, 11-2, with 10 players scoring goals this season.

Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz also converted against Florida goalie Tim Thomas, who was pulled after the second period. He allowed five goals on 28 shots.

Halak made 19 saves and passed Glen Hall, who had 16 shutouts from 1967-1971. Halak posted his 26th career shutout and improved to 8-1 lifetime against the Panthers.


Stars 2, Capitals 1 — Alex Chiasson scored the tiebreaking goal at 12:07 of the second period and host Dallas slipped by Washington.

The Stars stopped a Capitals flurry on a power play as the game ended.

Alex Ovechkin scored in the first period for Washington. Erik Cole tied it at 8:01 of the first.

Midway through the second, the Stars skated in 3 on 2 against goalie Braden Holtby. Cody Eakin took a shot, and the rebound went out to Chiasson as he skated down the slot. His shot beat Holtby for his second goal in two games this season.

Chiasson has eight goals in his nine-game NHL career.

Ovechkin’s fourth goal of the season came on a power play 4:26 into the game.

Canadiens 4, Flyers 1 — Lars Eller scored his third goal in two games and Brendan Gallagher got his second to help host Montreal beat Philadelphia.

Carey Price stopped 22 shots, Brian Gionta and Rene Bourque added goals for Montreal, and Alex Galchenyuk had his second two-assist performance in two games.

Vincent Lecavalier scored for Philadelphia, coming off a 3-1 home loss to Toronto in its season opener Wednesday.

Maple Leafs 5, Senators 4 — Mason Raymond and Tyler Bozak scored shootout goals to lift Toronto over Ottawa in the Maple Leafs’ home opener.

Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza in the shootout.

Canucks 6, Oilers 2 — Dan Hamhuis and Jannik Hansen scored 18 seconds apart late in the first and the host Canucks cruised to a win over the Oilers.

Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist while Henrik Sedin had three assists for Vancouver.

Lightning 3, Blackhawks 2 — Valtteri Filppula scored in the shootout and Tampa Bay rallied past host Chicago.

Ducks 4, Wild 3 — Mathieu Perreault scored at 4:55 of overtime to give visiting Anaheim its first win of the season by holding off Minnesota.

Sharks 4, Coyotes 1 — Tomas Hertl netted two first-period goals and San Jose sent 51 shots on goal in a win over visiting Phoenix.