COLUMBUS (CCN) — Don't blame the young Detroit Red WIngs for doing lots of celebrating after a 5-3 victory Tuesday night in Columbus over the Blue Jackets. A two-game winning streak isn't usually something to celebrate except that the Wings only had a 1-7-2 record before winning 4-2 Sunday night on home ice against the Dallas Stars in their previous start. Tyler Bertuzzi scored the game winner after the Blue Jackets rallied with three straight third period goals to tie it at 3-3. READ MORE
Detroit Red Wings 5, Columbus Blue Jackets 3
Calgary Flames 2, Buffalo Sabres 1
New York Islanders 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 3
Boston Bruins 3, Carolina Hurricanes 2
Dallas Stars 4, Montreal Canadiens 1
Tampa Bay Lightning 8, New Jersey Devils 3
Nashville Predators 4, Las Vegas Knights 1
Minnesota Wild 4, Edmonton Oilers 3
Arizona Coyotes 5, Ottawa Senators 1
Philadelphia Flyers 3, Anaheim Ducks 2
New York Rangers 4, San Jose Sharks 3
Chicago (6-3-3) at Vancouver (7-6-0) 10 pm
DETROIT (CCN) — Goaltender Jonathan Bernier got his first victory in net for the Detroit Red Wings who beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 Sunday at Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit. "It's always good to get the first one out of the way," Bernier said after his 28-save performance. "I've got to give credit to the guys. They played a real solid game, especially in the third. We didn't sit back, we just kept pushing. We got that lucky goal, but I just thought sometimes you get rewarded if you do the right things, and we did." Jonathan Ericson scored what proved to be the game winner while Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi bagged Detroit's earlier goals and Justin Abdelkader added an empty net tally. The Red Wings improved to 2-7-2 while Dallas dropped to 5-5-0. Detroit, which is in a stretch with eight of its next 10 games at home, goes to Columbus on Tuesday to face the Blue Jackets. Columbus is currently four points out of first place in the Eastern Conference's Metropolitan Division.
DETROIT (CCN) — Goalie Petr Mrazek made 20 saves in Detroit Monday night to beat his old teammates as the Carolina Hurricanes won 3-1 over the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mrazek, who played his first 166 NHL games with Detroit, was pulled in the second period of a March start in his first action against the Red WIngs last season after being traded on Feb. 19 to the Philadelphia Flyers. He returned to Detroit Monday night with the Hurricanes and was elated with the winning effort, saying, "It always feels a lot better when you win. I'm really happy today." Andreas Athansiou scored Detroit's only goal against Mrzaek. The loss spoiled a 36-save by Jimmy Howard for the Red Wings who fell to 1-6-2 on the season. They were coming off their first victory after winning 4-3 Saturday over the Florida Panthers when Gustav Nyquist scored with 1:16 remaining in overtime.
MONTREAL (CCN) — Former Detroit Red Wings' star Tomas Tatar scored one goal and set up two others to lead the Montreal Canadians to a 7-3 romp over the Wings Monday night in Montreal. The three-point night by Tatar was special and he told the media afterward: "Obviously, I was focusing on my team here, but it was really special to play against Detroit. It's fun against my old friends, my old teammates, so it was obviously a big win." The loss sent the Red Wings to their sixth straight loss to start the season for the first time in franchise history. They didn't win their first game until the 10th try during the 1985-86 season, but they had an opening-night tie.
FLINT (CCN) — Former Detroit Red Wings goalie Greg Stefan is the interim head coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Flint Firebirds. Stefan, who played nine seasons for the Red Wings during an NHL career that included 299 regular season games, was serving as the franchise's goaltenders' coach when Ryan Oulahen resigned before Friday's game. The Firebirds are 0-6 this season and under control of the OHL after owner Rolf Nilsen was suspended five years and fined $250,000 when twice firing the team's first head coach early in his first season after buying the Plymouth Whalers and moving the franchise to Flint. READ MORE
The Washington Capitals host the Boston Bruins Wednesday night to kick off their defense of last year's Stanley Cup championship.The 7:30 pm contest will be Wednesday's first national TV game on the NBC Sports Channel network. The Anaheim Ducks are at San Jose to play the Sharks in a second national TV game immediately afterward. The two games are part of a four-game opening night slate. The Montreal Canadians are at Toronto to face the Maple Leafs and the Calgary Flames are at Vancouver to face the Canucks.