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Jan.19, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; The Stanley Cup championship banner for the Los Angeles Kings is raised during pre-game ceremonies before the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Recap Jan 19, 2013 - Opening Night

    In addition to the Ottawa Senators win over the Winnipeg Jets, there 12 other games on opening night in the NHL.  Here is a quick tour around the league:

     

    1. Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-1 win over cross state rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers.  While I hate the saying that they got “revenge” for last season’s playoff loss (it doesn’t change that result), it’s a big win in a 3 team battle that will likely determine the Atlantic Division champion.
    2. Marian Hossa and the Chicago Blackhawks scored early and often in jumping out to a 4-0 lead on the LA Kings.  They eventually went on to win 5-2, spoiling the Kings’ Stanley Cup Banner raising ceremony.  But with the glare from the Stanley Cup rings no doubt temporarily blinding them, they can be excused for this one.
    3. Rick Nash managed an assist in his Broadway debut, but the Boston Bruins defeated the New York Rangers 3-1.  Tuuka Rask made 20 saves for the win in his first game without the shadow of Tim Thomas lurking over him.
    4. Ben Scrivens and the Toronto Maple Leafs held on by their fingernails to beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1.  Maybe the Habs’ arms were too sore from lifting the torch in the pregame ceremony.
    5. Coach Jack Capuano missed the New York Islanders’ 2-1 loss and to the New Jersey Devils with kidney stones.  It was probably indigestion after filling in the lineup card and seeing his assembled roster.
    6. Eric Brewer opened and closed the scoring for the Tampa Bay Lightning en route to a 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals. Anders Lindback had many fans in Tampa wondering what Dwayne Roloson was doing last year.  Ohhh, goalies are supposed to block the puck!
    7. Alexei Kovalev had a goal and two assists to help the Florida Panthers defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1.  If his stint in Ottawa was any indication, it will be February before he does anything else.  February 2014 that is.
    8. Jimmy Howard might be sending messages to Nicolas Lindstrom begging him to come out of retirement as Vladimir Tarasenko and Chris Stewart each had a pair in the St. Louis Blues 6-0 drubbing of the Detroit Red Wings. Jaroslav Halak barely broke a sweat making only 14 saves for the shutout.
    9. The Columbus Blue Jackets have one more win than many thought they would get all year as Sergei Bobrovsky (32 saves) led them to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators.  Rick who? For 1 day at least.
    10. Jaromir Jagr was in on all the Dallas Stars scoring as they beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3. The aging Jagr had 2 goals and 2 assists while fellow 40-something Ray Whitney chipped in a goal and an assist, but they missed the Seniors discount at Applebee’s.
    11. Zach Parise assisted on both of Dany Heatley’s goals as the new look Minnesota Wild defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-2.   Parise bounced the second one off Hestley, and if that continues, Heatley’s could be the highest scoring statue in the league.
    12. Last, and certainly not least, Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis could be calling Toronto to see if James Reimer is available after watching Cory Schneider give up 5 goals on 14 shots in a 7-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.  Roberto Luongo allowed 2 in relief, prompting Canucks fans to riot because there team has no goaltending.
    1 day down, 98 to go before the playoffs.

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