COLUMBUS, Ohio – Swiss rookie Damien Brunner scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night 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 finally got on the board twice in the second period after being humiliated 6-0 in their opener on Saturday night in St. Louis. Pavel Datsyuk had a goal to send the game into overtime with 6 minutes remaining in overtime, and also had an assist.
Cam Atkinson, James Wisniewski and Vinny Prospal scored goals during regulation for Columbus.
Columbus played its first home game without Rick Nash, team captain and team record holder for games, goals and points, since the end of the 2001-2002 season. He was sent to the New York Rangers with a minor-league defenseman and a conditional third-round pick for forwards Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, defenseman Tim Erixon and a first-round pick.
Jimmy Howard had 30 saves for the Red Wings. Sergei Bobrovsky matched him stop for stop for Columbus with 39 saves.
In the shootout, Atkinson opened with a goal for the Blue Jackets, but it was disallowed after a video review.
Neither team scored through three rounds. After Howard stopped Matt Calvert, Brunner skated to the right and then pulled the puck back to his left and forced it under the right leg pad of Bobrovski. It also was reviewed but was confirmed.
SABRES 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1: In Toronto, Ontario, Ryan Miller stopped 34 shots to lead Buffalo past Toronto.
Miller lost his shutout bid when Nazem Kadri scored on the power play with 1:42 remaining, his second goal of the season.
BRUINS 2, JETS 1, SO: In Boston, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron scored in the shootout to lift Boston over Winnipeg.
Brad Marchand had the regulation goal for the Bruins (2-0).
Tuukka Rask made 26 saves in regulation and held the Jets to only Blake Wheeler’s score in the shootout. Bryan Little, the last shooter, hit the right post to end the game.
BLUES 4, PREDATORS 3, SO: In 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: In 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.
SENATORS 4, PANTHERS 0: In Ottawa, Kyle Turris scored twice and Craig Anderson made 31 saves as Ottawa shut out Florida in its home opener.
Anderson picked up his 20th career shutout.