Sabres celebrate before cruising
Rookie Victor Olofsson scored twice and the Sabres kicked off the homeopening portion of their 50th anniversary season with a 7-2 romp over the Devils.
With former stars including Gilbert Perreault on hand, the Sabres had a sold-out house roaring from the pregame ceremony, through a threegoal second period and once more when Sam Reinhart capped the rout on a breakaway with 3:44 remaining.
Under new coach Ralph Krueger, the Sabres are off to their first 2-0 start since the 2012-13 lockout-shortened season.
Reinhart scored twice while captain Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner had a goal and assist each, and Carter Hutton made 18 saves.
Panthers stop slump: Mike Hoffman recorded his second career hat trick to lift the Panthers to a 4-3 win over the Lightning.
Noel Acciari also scored and Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves for his first win with the Panthers, who broke a seven-game losing streak to the Lightning.