wednesDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

Avalanche 6, Ducks 1: Semyon Varlamov was sharp in making 35 saves, and Jamie McGinn scored two goals, leading host Colorado to a win over Anaheim in Patrick Roy's coaching debut with the Avalanche.

Ryan O'Reilly, John Mitchell, Matt Duchene and Steve Downie added goals for the Avalanche, which improved to 19-8-7 on opening night. Top pick Nathan MacKinnon set up both of McGinn's goals with no-look passes. Alex Tanguay, back with Colorado for the first time since the 2005-06 season, had three assists.

Varlamov stuffed the Ducks all evening but lost his bid for a shutout in the closing seconds when Jakob Silfverberg slipped a shot by him.

Viktor Fasth struggled for Anaheim, allowing three goals in the second period.

Red Wings 2, Sabres 1: Pavel Datsyuk and Mikael Samuelsson scored 36 seconds apart midway through the first period and host Detroit held on to beat Buffalo in the season opener for both teams.

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard turned the puck over, allowing Zemgus Girgensons to score in his NHL debut with 7:24 left in the game. Howard tried to clear the puck from behind his net, but it hit Buffalo's Brian Flynn and popped over the net to set up Girgensons' backhander that pulled the Sabres within a goal.

Howard made 19 saves in Detroit's debut in the Eastern Conference, playing an Atlantic Division game against the young Sabres.

Maple Leafs 3, Flyers 1: Dave Bolland scored twice and Phil Kessel added a goal to lead Toronto to a win over host Philadelphia. The Maple Leafs are off to a 2-0 start and spoiled Philadelphia's season opener one night after ruining Montreal's. Jonathan Bernier stopped 31 shots for the Maple Leafs.

Penguins: Goaltender Tomas Vokoun will miss 3-6 months while undergoing treatment for blood clots. The 37-year-old Vokoun hasn't played since the blood clots were discovered last month.

Canadiens: Enforcer George Parros was released from a hospital after being treated overnight for a head injury suffered in a season-opening loss to Toronto.

-- ASSOCIATED PRESS