Thursday's HIGHLIGHTS

Wild 3, Hurricanes 1: Nino Niederreiter and Zach Parise scored for Minnesota with the first two shots of the season against Carolina fill-in goalie Justin Peters, and the Wild won in St. Paul, Minn., despite losing its own starting goalie, Josh Harding, to injury. Cam Ward was hurt just 4:07 into the game, an unspecified lower-body injury that forced the Hurricanes to send Peters in cold. He stopped 19 shots after settling in, but his rough start was costly. The Wild had no update on Harding's condition. The Hurricanes announced Ward would miss three to four weeks.

Capitals 4, Oilers 1: Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 10th goal for Washington, which won at Edmonton.

Lightning 6, Blackhawks 5: Martin St. Louis scored 1:16 of overtime to give Tampa Bay a home win. The Tampa Bay captain also had an assist and moved past Neal Broten for 93rd place on the career points list with 924.

Kings 7, Coyotes 4: Dwight King had his first career three-goal game, Mike Richards scored the tiebreaking goal on a short-handed breakaway early in the third period, and Los Angeles blew a four-goal lead at home before rallying.

Flyers 2, Rangers 1: Braydon Coburn broke a tie early in the third period, and Steve Mason made the lead stand up as Philadelphia won at home. The Flyers (2-7-0) are still off to their worst nine-game start ever.


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Canucks 3, Devils 2: Mike Santorelli scored the only shootout goal, and Vancouver won at New Jersey.

Predators 3, Jets 2: Craig Smith scored at 4:43 of overtime to give Nashville a win over visiting Winnipeg.

  • Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne will miss at least four weeks after he has another procedure on his surgically repaired hip to clear up an infection.

    Sabres: Buffalo enforcer John Scott was suspended indefinitely by the NHL, and teammate Patrick Kaleta's appeal to reduce his 10-game suspension was denied by commissioner Gary Bettman. Scott was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing for a blindside hit to the head that leveled Boston's Lou Eriksson on Wednesday.

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