Ice Hockey - Hurricanes claim first road win of season

The Carolina Hurricanes edged the Washington Capitals 3-2 to record their first road win of the season.

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Alexander Urbom of the Washington Capitals warms up before the start of the game against the Carolina Hurricanes (AFP)

Hurricanes 3, Capitals 2

Nathan Gerbe scored the game-winner with 6:59 gone in the third period to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 victory over the Capitals.

Rookie Elias Lindholm and Alexander Semin also scored for the Hurricanes, who improved to 2-1-1. Jason Chimera and Alex Ovechkin netted goals for the Capitals, who slipped to 1-3-0.

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Avalanche 2, Bruins 0

Veteran goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, in his first start of the season, made 39 saves and the undefeated Colorado Avalanche earned a 2-0 decision over the previously undefeated Boston Bruins.

Ryan O'Reilly's first-period, power-play goal on a deflection was all Giguere needed as he posted his 37th career shutout, his first for new coach Patrick Roy.

Matt Duchene scored into an empty net with 25.7 seconds left to seal the victory for the Avalanche (4-0-0).

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Blue Jackets 4, Sabres 1

The Columbus Blue Jackets scored three first-period goals en route to a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Marian Gaborik had a goal and two points for the Blue Jackets (2-1-0). The Sabres (0-4-1) remained winless.

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Coyotes 4, Red Wings 2

Michael Stone's goal with 4:47 left broke a tie and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2.

Derek Morris and Antoine Vermette each had a goal and an assist and Mikkel Boedker also scored for Phoenix, which evened its record to 2-2.

Mike Smith made 28 saves.

Joakim Andersson and Jonathan Ericsson scored for Detroit, who lost their second straight to fall to 2-2. Jimmy Howard stopped 35 shots.

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Lightning 7, Panthers 2

Steven Stamkos scored his first three goals of the season as the Lightning won their home opener with a 7-2 victory over the Panthers.

Stamkos, who ranked in the top five of league scoring over the past four seasons, finished off his sixth-career hat trick with a power-play goal past Panthers backup goalie Scott Clemmensen in the third period.

The Lightning improved to 3-1-0 while Florida dropped to 1-3-0.

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Maple Leafs 4, Predators 0

Jonathan Bernier turned away 36 shots for his seventh career shutout as Toronto beat the Nashville Predators 4-0.

Acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on June 23 for right wing Matt Frattin, goalie Ben Scrivens and a second-round pick, Bernier played Thursday with a 1.17 goals-against average and a .962 save percentage.

He did no harm to either number despite a heavy workload.

The Predators (1-3-0) peppered him with 17 shots during the second period and kept coming for most of the third, but Bernier was equal to every challenge helping the Maple Leafs (4-1-0) to their third consecutive road win.

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Wild 2, Jets 1

Matt Cooke's second-period goal was the difference as the Minnesota Wild beat the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 for Minnesota's first win of the season.

Jonas Brodin also scored for the Wild (1-1-2) and Josh Harding had 14 saves in his first start of the season.

The Wild had lost their first three games in a shootout, overtime and regulation, respectively.

The Jets fell to 2-2-0.

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