COLUMBUS, Ohio – Swiss rookie Damien Brunner scored in the fourth round of the shootout Monday to lead the Detroit Red Wings past Columbus, 4-3, before 19,206 – the largest regular-season crowd at Nationwide Arena in the Blue Jackets’ 11-plus seasons.
Brian Lashoff scored in his NHL debut and fellow defenseman Ian White also scored for Detroit, which got on the board twice in the second period after being humiliated 6-0 in its opener Saturday night in St. Louis. Pavel Datsyuk had a goal with 6 minutes remaining in overtime to send the game into overtime.
Columbus was playing its first home game without Rick Nash, traded to the New York Rangers, since the end of the 2001-2002 season.
Blues 4, Predators 3 (SO): At Nashville, Tenn., T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen scored in the shootout, and St. Louis edged 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, stopped Craig Smith and Martin Erat to get the win.
Islanders 4, Lightning 3: At Uniondale, N.Y., David Ullstrom scored early in the third period to give the Islanders a big lead, and New York held off Tampa Bay.
Coach Jack Capuano returned to the Islanders and guided them to their first win of the season. He missed the opening-night loss to New Jersey on Saturday because of surgery to remove a kidney stone. Michael Grabner, Matt Martin and Kyle Okposo scored in a 12-minute span of the second period to put the Islanders ahead 3-0. Ullstrom gave New York a four-goal lead 91 seconds into the final period.
Senataors 4, Panthers 0: At Ottawa, Kyle Turris scored twice and Craig Anderson made 31 saves as Ottawa shut out Florida in its home opener.
Bruins 2, Jets 1 (SO): At Boston, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron scored in the shootout to lift Boston over Winnipeg.
Sabres 2, Maple Leafs 1: At Toronto, Ryan Miller stopped 34 shots to lead Buffalo past Toronto.