The Detroit Red Wings are stocked with great veterans. Yet it was a Swiss rookie and a kid playing his first NHL game who helped them avoid an 0-2 start.
Damien Brunner scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lead the visiting Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over Columbus on Monday night before 19,206, the largest regular-season crowd at Nationwide Arena in the Blue Jackets' 11-plus seasons.
"I've been in a lot of shootouts in Switzerland for the national team," Brunner said. "So I just went in and tried to stay cool. Luckily, it went in."
Brian Lashoff arrived just before the game and scored in his NHL debut, and fellow defenseman Ian White also had a goal for Detroit, which rebounded after a humiliating 6-0 loss in its opener Saturday night in St. Louis.
"We got a great game out of Lashoff," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said of the late replacement for Johnathan Ericsson, who was injured against the Blues. "I thought he was incredible. He was better here than he was in the American (Hockey) League (with Grand Rapids)."
Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk had a goal to send the game into overtime.
Blues 4, Predators 3: T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen scored in the shootout, and St. Louis edged host Nashville.
Brian Elliott, who came off the bench in the second, stopped Craig Smith and Martin Erat to get the win.
Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko, who scored two goals in his NHL
Islanders 4, Lightning 3: Host New York held off Tampa Bay after David Ullstrom scored early in the third period to give the Islanders a 4-0 lead.
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 23 of 26 shots for New York.
Coach Jack Capuano returned to the Islanders and guided them to their first win of the season. He missed the opening-night loss to New Jersey on Saturday because of surgery to remove a kidney stone.
Ducks 5, Flames 4: Daniel Winnik and Ryan Getzlaf each scored two goals as Anaheim defeated host Calgary.
Signed as a free agent last summer, Winnik has found instant chemistry on a line with Saku Koivu and Andrew Cogliano. All three were in on Winnik's goal at 4:02 of the third period, which broke a 3-3 tie.
Kings: Defenseman Matt Greene suffered a back injury in Los Angeles' opener Saturday and will be sidelined "three months probably," Kings general manager Dean Lombardi told the Los Angeles Times via email. Center Anze Kopitar, who suffered a knee injury while playing in Sweden during the lockout, is expected to make his season debut Tuesday at Colorado.