Pulkkinen, Red Wings rally past the Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. – Teemu Pulkkinen insists he got lucky with his first goal, then again with his second. The Detroit Red Wings weren't about to argue with the results.
Pulkkinen scored two goals in the third period, lifting Detroit past the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3.
The Red Wings scored three goals in the third to erase a 2-1 deficit, with Pulkkinen tying it with 15:21 left and then adding the go-ahead goal with 13:24 remaining.
"I just need a couple lucky ones," Pulkkinen said, "and then it's way easier."
Henrik Zetterberg had an early goal and assisted on Justin Abdelkater's insurance goal with 3:35 to play.
They needed it, as Justin Faulk scored with 2.1 seconds left.
Nathan Gerbe and Victor Rask had goals for Carolina, which scored on consecutive shots in the final 5 minutes of the second.
"We played hard," Carolina captain Eric Staal said. "We played well. You're not going to fault anything, I don't think, with our game. I thought we played hard, to a man, and didn't get the result, but that effort's going to be there all year."
Cam Ward made 15 saves for the Hurricanes while Petr Mrazek turned aside the first 32 shots he faced and finished with 43 saves.
Carolina, which had a 46-19 shots edge, generated plenty of scoring chances — but just couldn't solve Mrazek until late in the second.
•STAR PRODUCTION: Alex Ovechkin scored a stunning go-ahead goal early in the third period and set up another and the host Washington Capitals opened their season with a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. With the score tied 2-all, Ovechkin got possession in his own zone, streaked down the ice and eluded defender John Moore by pulling the puck behind his right leg to his backhand side. Then he dragged it back across his body in time to fire a wrist shot above goaltender Keith Kinkaid's left shoulder. Ovechkin later fed Marcus Johansson on a power play to make it 4-2, and Matt Niskanen scored an empty-net goal at 17:07 in the third.
•OPENING-DAY MARK: Jaromir Jagr scored twice and the host Florida Panthers blew out the Philadelphia Flyers 7-1. The 43-year-old Jagr is the NHL's all-time leader in opening-day points with 39 on 13 goals and 26 assists. Leading 4-0, his goal from the slot 33 seconds into the second period put the Panthers ahead 5-0. His second came 41 seconds into the third when he tipped in a rebound to make the score 6-1. Jagr now has 724 career goals, only seven away from tying Marcel Dionne (731) for fourth all-time.
•SCORING SPREE: Oscar Lindberg scored twice to lead the host New York Rangers to a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Lindberg has scored four goals in New York's first three games. He is the first rookie in franchise history to score at least one goal in a season's first three games. Lindberg also became the first New York rookie since Steven King to score three goals in the first three games of a debut season. King scored in four games in a row between Dec. 6-13, 1992.
•RINNE SETS FRANCHISE MARK: Pekka Rinne made 31 saves to help the host Nashville Predators beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-0. Playing in his 382nd career NHL game, Rinne tied Tomas Vokoun's franchise record for appearances by a goaltender. Nashville drafted Rinne with the 258th pick in the 2004 draft.
•McDAVID STRUGGLES: Edmonton's Connor McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft, played 18 ½ minutes and had two shots on goal Saturday. He struggled again on faceoffs, winning only two of 11. On Thursday night in his NHL debut, won three of 13 faceoff in a loss at St. Louis.
•LEHNER OUT: The Buffalo Sabres have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve with a lower body sprain. Lehner was injured making his Sabres debut in a 3-1 loss to Ottawa on Thursday. Coach Dan Bylsma says Lehner will be out at least one week. Goaltender Linus Ullmark has been activated from injured reserve and loaned to Rochester, and defenseman Jake McCabe has been loaned to Rochester.
•ON THE BOARD: Steven Stamkos scored his first goal of the season Saturday, helping the host Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1.
•GOOD PUNCH: Lars Eller scored two goals for Montreal and Alex Galchenyuk had three assists as the Canadiens beat the host Boston Bruins 4-2.
•SEASON'S FIRST: Mike Hoffman had the decisive goal in the first shootout of the NHL season, sending the Ottawa Senators to a 5-4 victory over the host Toronto Maple Leafs. The NHL moved to a 3-on-3 overtime for this season to cut back on shootouts, and the Senators and Maple Leafs played the first tiebreaker in the league's 19th game.