Flames beat Kings with overtime goal
Sean Monahan scored 1:02 into overtime as visiting Calgary rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night in Flames wing Jaromir Jagr’s season debut.
Matthew Tkachuk scored two goals, tying the game with 9:01 left in the third period for Calgary. Mike Smith’s scoreless streak ended just shy of 140 minutes, but the Flames’ goalie made 42 saves.
Dustin Brown scored tying and go-ahead goals on artful deflections early in the third period for the Kings, who lost for the first time under new coach John Stevens. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 33 saves.
Michael Frolik also scored for Calgary, and Monahan ended it with his second goal of the season.
Jagr, 45, had 13:38 of ice time in 15 shifts and didn’t record a shot on goal. But the secondleading scorer in league history — who began his 24th NHL season by suiting up for his ninth NHL franchise — nearly scored on his opening shift in a solid debut with the Flames.
Jagr posted a 46-point campaign with Florida last season, and he had several teams interested in him. He signed a one-year, $1 million deal with Calgary and debuted one week later.
After Tkachuk and Frolik scored in the first period, Kopitar got the Kings going in the second with his third goal in three games.
Rookie forward Alex Iafallo got his first NHL point on Brown’s tying goal 14 seconds into the third period. Brown deflected Drew Doughty’s shot for that first goal, and he redirected Derek Forbort’s shot for the go-ahead goal 1:44 later.
Brown is off to an outstanding start after a rough few seasons with the Kings, who stripped the two-time Stanley Cup champion’s captaincy last year. The physical forward needed 17, 34, 19 and 15 games, respectively, to score his first three goals in Los Angeles’ previous four seasons.
But Tkachuk tied it later in the period, whistling a shot past Quick’s pad for the second two-goal game of his career.
Ducks 3, Islanders 2:
John Gibson made 38 saves for host Anaheim, which had lost four in a row against New York. Andrew Cogliano, Rickard Rakell and Patrick Eaves scored for the Ducks, who won despite being outshot 41-30.
Devils 6, Maple Leafs 3:
Brian Gibbons had a rare 3-on-5 goal, Cory Schneider made 47 saves, and Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha each scored twice as visiting New Jersey improved to 3-0 by ending Toronto’s seasonopening three-game winning streak. Gibbons’ goal late in the second period came after Jake Gardiner was unable to keep the puck in at the New Jersey blue line. William Nylander’s backcheck swept the puck off Adam Henrique’s stick, and the puck went off goalie Frederik Andersen to Gibbons in front.
Penguins 3, Capitals 2:
Patric Hornqvist scored a power-play goal and assisted on another in his season debut as visiting Pittsburgh beat Washington despite Alex Ovechkin’s NHL-leading eighth goal. Hornqvist, who scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal last spring despite a broken finger on his right hand, was playing for the first time since offseason surgery to repair it. “He brings so much to this team,” head coach Mike Sullivan said. “He plays with so much swagger. He’s just a great competitor.”
Avalanche 6, Bruins 3:
Sven Andrighetto scored twice and Alexander Kerfoot had his first NHL goal to help Colorado win its home opener. It was the second meeting between the teams in three days. The Avalanche beat the Bruins 4-0 in Boston on Monday.
Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall, sidelined since training camp because of back spasms and a groin injury, could make his season debut Thursday, the Detroit Free Press reported . ... The Senators’ Erik Karlsson, who had foot surgery in June, could make his season debut next week, general manager Pierre Dorion told NHL.com. Karlsson has twice won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman.
Sean Monahan celebrates with T.J. Brodie (7) after scoring in overtime as Calgary beat Los Angeles to improve to 3-1 — its best start since it was 4-0 to open the 2009-10 season.