On the Ice: Rangers Spoil Hawks’ Latest Banner-Raising Ceremony
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks raised their third Stanley Cup banner in five years before they were reminded that they aren't invincible.
Henrik Lundqvist turned back 32 shots and the New York Rangers scored three times in the first period to beat the Hawks 3-2. Lundqvist handled 13 shots in the final period and was perfect after Teuvo Teravainen beat him with about 13 minutes left.
Oscar Lindberg notched his first NHL goal to open the scoring just 1:43 after the opening faceoff. Artemi Panarin countered for the Blackhawks at 14:24, but the Rangers went ahead for good on goals by Kevin Klein and Derek Stepan 2:23 apart late in the first period.
Elsewhere on ice:
— Max Pacioretty scored twice as the Canadiens beat Toronto 3-1, spoiling Mike Babcock's first game as coach of the Maple Leafs. Carey Price stopped 36 shots, Alex Galchenyuk notched the season's first game-winning goal with 7:58 remaining and P.K. Subban finished with three assists. Babcock was successful in making the first coach's challenge in NHL history after replay backed up his argument that there was goaltender's interference during Jeff Petry's apparent goal in the second period.
— Joe Pavelski had a goal and two assists in San Jose's 5-1 rout of the Kings in Los Angeles. Martin Jones beat his former team by making 19 saves in his Sharks debut. Joe Thornton and Brent Burns each added a goal and an assist to the win.
— The Canucks gave road teams a 4-0 record on opening night as Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists in a 5-1 triumph at Calgary. Ryan Miller stopped 29 shots to help Vancouver avenge last season's six-game loss to the Flames in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Brandon Sutter delivered a goal and an assist in his Canucks debut.
— San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres has decided not to appeal his 41-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg in a preseason game. This marks the fifth and most significant suspension for Torres, who served a 21-game ban for a high hit on Chicago's Marian Hossa in the 2012 playoffs. Torres will have sat out 72 career NHL games due to suspension once the latest one concludes.
— The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Scott Gomez to a one-year contract. The 15-year NHL veteran attended training camp on a professional tryout. He had seven goals and 34 points in 58 games for New Jersey last season.
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