Pens blow 3-goal lead, overcome Perry’s trickiness
(AP) — Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis helped the Pittsburgh Penguins overcome Corey Perry’s hat trick and win a see-saw battle with the Anaheim Ducks.
Crosby scored twice and Dupuis added a goal and three assists as the Pens outscored the Ducks 6-4 in the NHL season opener for both teams. The Penguins coughed up a 3-0 lead and were tied 3-3 until Crosby and Blake Comeau scored 54 seconds apart late in the second period.
Dupuis also set up Brandon Sutter’s short-handed goal in the third period, which restored Pittsburgh’s three-goal cushion.
Perry notched two of the Ducks’ three power-play goals, but Pittsburgh native John Gibson stopped just 33 of 39 shots in his return to the Steel City.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
— Rick Nash scored twice and had an assist in the New York Rangers’ 3-2 verdict over the Blues in St. Louis. The game appeared destined for overtime until Nash beat Brian Elliott with 1:50 left.
— Patrick Kane assisted on Patrick Sharp’s game-tying goal in the third period before netting the lone shootout tally in Chicago’s 3-2 triumph at Dallas. Sharp and Duncan Keith each had a goal and an assist to back Corey Crawford, who stopped 32 shots.
— Zach Parise had a goal and three assists while the Dallas Stars were outshooting Colorado 48-16 in a 5-0 rout. Ryan Sutter and Jason Pominville each had a goal and an assist to support Darcy Kuemper’s third career shutout.
— Michael Cammalleri scored twice and Dainus Zubrus provided the game-winner in the third period of New Jersey’s 6-4 triumph at Philadelphia. The Devils blew a 3-0 lead before winning their season opener and sending the Flyers to their second loss in two nights.
— Detroit won its season opener by scoring twice in the second period of a 2-1 triumph against Boston at Joe Louis Arena. The Bruins led 1-0 until Johan Franzen set up goals by Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist, the last one a power-play goal with 5:14 left in the period.
— The Canadiens are 2-0 after Brendan Gallagher scored in the fifth shootout round to lift Montreal past the Capitals 2-1 in Washington. The Caps led 1-0 until Tomas Plekanec netted his third goal of the season to tie it with 9:29 left in regulation.
— Cam Atkinson’s power-play goal with 7:15 left snapped a 1-1 tie and sent Columbus past Buffalo 3-1. Ryan Johansen assisted on the game-winner in his first game since ending his holdout and signing a contract with the Blue Jackets on Monday.
— Tampa Bay beat Florida 3-2 on Victor Hedman’s power-play goal 71 seconds into overtime. Tyler Johnson and Ryan Callahan also had power-play tallies for the Lightning, and Valtteri Filppula had two assists.
— Third-period goals by Craig Smith, Shea Weber and Eric Nystrom pushed Nashville past Ottawa 3-2 in Peter Laviolette’s first game as the Predators’ head coach. The game was tied 1-1 until Weber and Nystrom scored 1:27 apart midway through the final stanza.
— Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little each scored twice as Winnipeg hammered the Coyotes 6-2 in Arizona. The game was tied 1-1 until Wheeler scored twice in a 15-second spark of the Jets’ four-goal first period.
— The Calgary Flames rode Mason Raymond’s second career hat trick to a 5-2 triumph at Edmonton. Jiri Hudler added a goal and an assist for the Flames, while Joe Colborne set up three goals.
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