First game in Brooklyn an OT loss
NEW YORK – Two nights after the Chicago Blackhawks lost at home in their championship banner-raising season opener, Jonathan Toews helped them spoil the New York Islanders' Brooklyn debut.
Toews scored on a power play at 1:49 of overtime to give the Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Islanders on Friday night, giving the 2015 Stanley Cup champions their first victory of the season.
After a slashing penalty on former Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy during the 3-on-3 overtime, Patrick Kane sent the puck toward the middle of the net from the right side and Toews tapped it in while fighting off a defender.
"That was a heck of a play by Johnny," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "That line was dangerous again, they got something going."
The Islanders are opening their first season at the Barclays Center — home to the NBA's Brooklyn Nets since 2012 — after spending their first 43 years at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum.
•FAMILIAR FACE: Justin Abdelkader had a hat trick and Dylan Larkin scored in his NHL debut, helping host Detroit beat Mike Babcock-led Toronto 4-0. The Maple Leafs lured Babcock away from the Red Wings with an eight-year, $50 million contract that more than doubled what any other coach is making per season in the league.
• QUICK SPURT: The Rangers scored three times in a 1:17 span in the third period to rally past host Columbus 4-2.
• LOSING DEBUT: Winnipeg beat host New Jersey 3-1 to spoil John Hynes' NHL coaching debut.