Paul Gagne scored three goals in the final period and Greg Adams assisted on five goals to lead the New Jersey Devils to a come-from-behind, 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers last night in the opening National Hockey League game of the season for both teams.
Gagne, a former NCAA scoring champion, got two goals within a 38-second span of the third period, at 10:21 and at 10:59, to break a 4-4 tie.
Philadelphia took a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals by Ilkka Sinisalo, Tim Kerr and Brian Propp.
New Jersey trailed, 4-2, going into the final period but closed to 4-3 on Gagne's first goal of the night, at 2:29. Jan Ludvig tied it at 5:40. Pelle Eklund's goal brought the Flyers within 6-5 with 1:14 left.
Oilers 4, Jets 3: In Edmonton, Wayne Gretzky and Glenn Anderson scored two goals each to lead the defending Stanley Cup champions over Winnipeg.
Gretzky opened the scoring in the first period, set up Anderson in the second and scored again in the third. Anderson broke a 3-3 tie with his second goal midway through the third period.
Winnipeg's goals were scored by Laurie Boschman in the second period and Doug Smail and Dale Hawerchuk in the third.