Henrik Lundqvist's first NHL win came against one of the best.
The Swedish rookie made 20 saves last night in the New York Rangers' 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden.
''It felt really good," Lundqvist said after the Rangers ended a three-game losing streak. ''I felt so happy to get that first win."
That fact that Martin Brodeur was in the opposite net only added to the experience.
''He's a great goalie," Lundqvist said. ''It's fun to see him play and it's great to play against all these players who are the greatest in the world."
Even the great ones have off nights. Brodeur was not sharp as he let in a soft goal to Martin Rucinsky that gave the Rangers a lead in the first period.
''Letting in that first goal gave them some wind and it set us back," Brodeur said.
Ville Nieminen scored 17 seconds after Rucinsky to provide all the support Lundqvist would need. Blair Betts and Jaromir Jagr also scored for the Rangers. Former BC star Brian Gionta scored for the Devils.
Predators 5, Coyotes 4 -- Paul Kariya scored the only goal in the shootout to keep visiting Nashville unbeaten.
Kariya, the third Predator in the shootout lineup, slipped the puck into the net just inside the left corner past goalie David LeNeveu. Ladislav Nagy missed on his attempt for Phoenix, giving Nashville (4-0-0) the victory.
Paul Mara scored twice for Phoenix and Steve Sullivan had two goals for Nashville.
Both of Mara's goals came on power plays. Petr Nedved, activated before the game, scored a goal for the Coyotes.
Red Wings 5, Kings 2 -- Kirk Maltby and Jiri Fisher scored short-handed goals in the third period and Detroit, with Steve Yzerman playing his first game of the season, won at Los Angeles.
Jeremy Roenick tied the score at 2 with 5:45 to play, shrugging off a check by newly acquired Detroit defenseman Jason Woolley in front of the crease and stuffing his third goal of the season past Manny Legace. Dustin Brown set up the play by carrying the puck around All-Star defenseman Chris Chelios.
But Detroit regained the lead just 53 seconds later when Johan Franzen chased down a loose puck in the middle of the left circle and sent a wrist shot past rookie goalie Mathieu Garon.
Stars 3, Flames 2 -- Philippe Boucher scored with 55 seconds left in overtime as Dallas spoiled Calgary's home opener.
It was the third straight loss for Calgary, which raised the 2003-04 Western Conference championship banner before the game.
Mike Modano had three assists for Dallas, which also got goals from Jere Lehtinen and Martin Skoula.
Islanders 5, Capitals 3 -- Jason Blake and Petteri Nokelainen both had a goal and an assist and Oleg Kvasha added three assists to lead New York at Washington.
Alexei Yashin, Trent Hunter, and Mark Parrish also scored for New York, which scored on its first two shots of the game.
Matt Bradley scored twice and Steve Eminger added a goal for the Capitals, who were playing their sixth game in nine nights.
Sabres 4, Lightning 3 -- Daniel Briere and Thomas Vanek scored in the shootout to give visiting Buffalo the win over Tampa Bay.
The Sabres won the shootout, 2-0, as goalie Ryan Miller stopped Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards.
Maxim Afinogenov's waist-high deflection of Toni Lydman's shot got Buffalo even at 3 with 8:47 left in the third period. Briere and Paul Gaustad also scored for the Sabres.