Coming in cold is never easy in sports, especially for an NHL goalie.
Justin Peters had a rough start for Carolina. Niklas Backstrom finished strong for Minnesota.
Nino Niederreiter and Zach Parise scored with the first two shots of the season against Peters, and the Wild beat the Hurricanes, 3-1, Thursday night in St. Paul, Minn., after both starting goalies got hurt.
‘‘You can’t really pick and choose what happens there. You have to be ready no matter what happens,’’ said Backstrom, who stopped all seven shots he faced in the third period after Josh Harding was pulled at the second intermission because of a lower-body injury. ‘‘Don’t hide behind any excuses. Just go out there and try to help the guys.’’
The Wild had no update on Harding’s condition, but the Hurricanes announced during the second period that Cam Ward would miss 3-4 weeks with a lower-body injury. Ward was hurt just 4:07 into the game, and the Wild didn’t take it easy on Peters, who stopped 19 shots after settling in.
‘‘I knew before long I was hopefully going to get an opportunity. It just came a little earlier than I thought,’’ said Peters, who was called up from the AHL 10 days earlier and played in 47 games for the Hurricanes over the past four years.
‘‘Once I got into the game, I definitely felt a little more comfortable,’’ he said. ‘‘I'm just trying to prove to myself that I'm an NHL goalie and instill that trust in the team.’’
Canucks 3, Devils 2 — Mike Santorelli scored the only goal in the shootout, and visiting Vancouver edged New Jersey in Newark.
In a matchup of former teammates, Roberto Luongo got the best of Cory Schneider — who used to be his backup in Vancouver. Luongo turned aside Travis Zajac, Adam Henrique, and Patrik Elias in the tiebreaker to make Santorelli’s goal stand up.
Flyers 2, Rangers 1 — Braydon Coburn broke a tie early in the third period, and Steve Mason made the lead stand up as host Philadelphia picked up its second win of the season by edging New York.
Lightning 6, Blackhawks 5 — Martin St. Louis scored at 1:16 of overtime and host Tampa Bay beat Chicago.
Predators 3, Jets 2 — Craig Smith scored at 4:43 of overtime to lift host Nashville over Winnipeg. Shea Weber and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the Predators, who have won three of four.
Canadiens 4, Ducks 1 — Carey Price made 31 saves to help host Montreal hold off Anaheim.
Stars 5, Flames 1 — Alex Chiasson and Jamie Benn each scored two goals to lead Dallas to a rout of Calgary.
Capitals 4, Oilers 1 — Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 10th goal and added an assist to lift visiting Washington over Edmonton.