Geoff Courtnall tapped in a pass from Adam Oates for his second goal of the game with 5:18 to play, giving the Blues a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins last night in St. Louis.
"It was a great feed by Adam and all I had to do was tap it in," said Courtnall, the ex-Washington Capital, who had been waiting at the right side of the net. " . . . It's taking a little bit of an adjustment, but it's starting to come. It's only our third game together."
The goal capped a wild Blues finish. Brett Hull also had two goals and Oates had three assists for the Blues, who are 8-1-1 against the Penguins over the last four seasons.
The Penguins tied the score, 3-3, on Joey Mullen's spinning back-hander with a defender draped over him and 8:57 remaining. With the Blues' Scott Stevens off for holding, Mullen led a rush down ice, spun and, with Dave Lowry hanging on him, shot the puck past rookie goalie Curtis Joseph.
Hull's second goal of the game during a two-man advantage with 10:51 to go broke a 2-2 tie. Goalie Frank Pietrangelo stopped Cliff Ronning twice from the right side of the net during the power play but Hull flipped in a feed from Oates.
Devils 5, North Stars 2:
Kirk Muller scored the opening goal and had two assists to lead host New Jersey.
New Jersey converted three of seven power-play opportunities, including Bruce Driver's goal at 6:01 of the second period to snap a 2-2 tie. It was the third power-play goal for the Devils in as many attempts.
John MacLean, who missed the previous two games with a bruised stomach, took a pass from Muller and fed Driver at the blueline. His slap shot changed direction as it deflected off the stick of Minnesota's Gaetan Duchesne and beat goalie Jon Casey to the stick side.
In the third period, Brendan Shanahan's goal at 1:26 increased the lead to 4-2. Shanahan took a centering feed from Patrik Sundstrom and flipped a shot at the net. Casey made the initial save but Shanahan swatted in the rebound.
The Devils made it 5-2 when Dave Maley scored on a breakaway at 10:47 after a lead pass from Viacheslav Fetisov. Maley missed the first three games of the season with strained ligaments in his left hand.
Kings 6, Canucks 2: Los Angeles scored on five of its first 11 shots and spoiled Vancouver's home opener.
Luc Robitaille, Brad Jones, Bob Kudelski, Todd Elik, Rob Blake and Jay Miller scored for the Kings, who outshot the Canucks by 30-20 and knocked out goalie Kirk McLean early in the second period.