Sabres 5, Flyers 2
Thomas Vanek scored twice and added three assists in leading the Sabres to a season-opening win over the Flyers. Defenseman Tyler Myers scored the go-ahead goal with 5:03 left in the game after the Sabres overcame a 2-1 second-period deficit. Cody Hodgson and newly acquired forward Steve Ott also scored for the Sabres. Captain Jason Pominville set up two goals and Ryan Miller made 27 saves in helping Buffalo improve to 6-1-1 in its past eight season openers. Claude Giroux, with his second goal of the season, and Sean Couturier scored for the Flyers, who were coming off a 3-1 season-opening loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday. This marks just the 10th time Philadelphia has opened 0-2.
Sharks 4, Flames 1
Patrick Marleau scored a pair of goals to lead the Sharks to a win over the Flames in the season-opener for both teams. Martin Havlat and defenseman Dan Boyle also scored for the Sharks during a three-goal second period. Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski each had a pair of assists. Lee Stempniak scored for Calgary, which led 1-0 after the opening period. With the victory, the Sharks spoiled the debut of new Flames coach Bob Hartley. As other NHL teams have done at home openers to soothe hurt fan feelings after the lockout, the Flames discounted food, drink and merchandise Sunday. The stores at the Saddledome were doing a brisk business 90 minutes prior to the game.
Wild 1, Stars 0
ST. PAUL, MINN.
Zach Parise scored his first goal with the Wild and Josh Harding stopped all 24 shots he faced in his first start since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and Minnesota beat Dallas. Parise notched his third point with the Wild a night after getting two assists in Minnesota’s season-opening win against Colorado. Parise’s first goal of the season came at 8:11 of the first period just as a 4-on-3 advantage for the Wild expired. He one-timed a pass from Pierre-Marc Bouchard past Cristopher Nilstorp from the slot. Nilstorp, who signed with the Stars in June after playing the previous four seasons in the Swedish Elite League, stopped 31 shots in his first career NHL start for Dallas.