Jaromir Jagr had the go-ahead goal and two assists, and the Pittsburgh Penguins gave Mario Lemieux his first win as an owner, defeating New Jersey, 7-5, last night in East Rutherford, N.J., in a game that featured the ejection of Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur.
The game was the first between the teams since an injured Jagr rallied the bankruptcy-ridden Penguins to a first-round playoff victory over the Devils in seven games.
While this game didn't have playoff intensity, it was nasty. Brodeur made the nastiest play, whacking the pesky Matthew Barnaby low on the back of his legs at 14 minutes 32 seconds of the first period. At the time, the Penguins were leading 3-1, on three goals by Alexei Morozov, his first career hat trick.
Referee Paul Stewart gave the usually mild-mannered Brodeur a match penalty for intent to injure. It does not carry an automatic suspension but Colin Campbell will hold a hearing to review the action. Barnaby had to be helped off the ice but returned for the final two periods.
The Penguins also played without their starting goaltender. Tom Barrasso left early in the first period and was replaced by Peter Skudra, who made 18 saves.
Barrasso had a knee injury coming into the game, but it was never announced why he left.
Jiri Slegr, Robert Lang and Alexei Kovalev also scored for Pittsburgh.
Brad Bombardir, Bobby Holik, Jason Arnott, Brian Rolston and Sergei Brylin scored for New Jersey in its home opener.
* SENATORS 4, BRUINS 3: New captain Daniel Alfredsson scored two goals to lead Ottawa in Kanata, Ontario.
Radek Bonk and Marian Hossa also scored for the Senators, who improved to 3-0-0 before a sellout home-opener crowd of 18,500 at Corel Centre.
Joe Thornton, Rob DiMaio and Dave Andreychuk scored for the Bruins (0-3-0).
* RED WINGS 7, THRASHERS 1: Steve Yzerman scored his first goal of the season to ignite a three-goal first period and topple host Atlanta.
It was the second NHL game for the expansion Thrashers, who lost in their debut on Saturday to New Jersey at Philips Arena.
Yzerman also had two assists as the Red Wings won for the second time in three starts.
* HURRICANES 2, FLYERS 0: Ron Francis had a goal and an assist, and Arturs Irbe made 30 saves in Philadelphia.
The loss marks the first time in the Flyers' 33-year history that they have gone scoreless in their first two games.
* KINGS 5, LIGHTNING 2: In Tampa, Luc Robitaille had three goals and an assist for Los Angeles.
Second-period power-play goals by Rob Blake and Robitaille snapped a 2-2 tie, lifting the Kings to 3-1-0 on a season-opening, seven-game road trip. Los Angeles had four power-play goals.
* SHARKS 3, OILERS 2: Mike Ricci scored his second goal of the night with 1:16 remaining in overtime, and host San Jose won its third in a row for the first time in its eight-year history.