Brodeur and Devils silence Stars
Martin Brodeur shut out the Dallas Stars even though he couldn't quite shut up Sean Avery.
Brodeur made 21 saves for his 98th NHL shutout, and mostly avoided Avery, his No. 1 nemesis, to help the New Jersey Devils beat the Dallas Stars, 5-0, last night in Newark.
John Madden scored two goals for the Devils, chasing former Michigan teammate Marty Turco from the net in the second period.
Zach Parise and David Clarkson had goals 53 seconds apart in the third period, and Jamie Langenbrunner gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead in the Devils' best offensive output this season.
Langenbrunner scored just 1:59 in, and Madden scored a pair 1:12 apart in the second. Turco was replaced by Tobias Stephan after Madden's second at 10:17.
Avery made headlines last spring during the playoffs when he tried the unorthodox approach of waving his arms and stick in the face of Brodeur while he and the Rangers were on a power play.
A rule eliminated the practice the following day, but couldn't stop the battle between the Vezina Trophy winner and the NHL's most despised player.
Blackhawks 3, Oilers 0 - Nikolai Khabibulin made 23 saves for this 39th career NHL shutout and host Chicago ended Edmonton's season-opening winning streak at four games.
Patrick Sharp, Brent Seabrook, and Aaron Johnson scored to help the Blackhawks win their second straight game and improve to 2-0-1 since Joel Quenneville replaced Denis Savard as coach last Thursday.
Khabibulin's shutout was his first of the season and fourth since he joined the Blackhawks as a free agent in July 2005.
Sharks 7, Flyers 6 - Former Philadelphia star Jeremy Roenick scored the deciding goal in a shootout to give visiting San Jose the victory.
Joe Pavelski also scored for San Jose in the shootout.
Pavelski and Roenick both beat Martin Biron to the glove side to help the Sharks salvage the victory after they blew a 6-4 lead in the third period.
Red Wings 4, Blues 3 - Tomas Holmstrom scored for the fourth straight game to lead Detroit in St. Louis.
The Red Wings improved to 3-0 on the road and ended the Blues' season-opening home winning streak at three.
Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Johan Franzen also scored for Detroit. Keith Tkachuk, Brad Boyes, and T.J. Oshie scored for the Blues.
Panthers 3, Senators 1 - Rostislav Olesz and Nathan Horton scored 48 seconds apart early in the first period and Florida won in Ottawa.
Craig Anderson made 41 saves in his first start of the season. The backup goalie dived to his left to make a glove save on Antoine Vermette's shot as Ottawa enjoyed a power play for the final 3:05 of the third after David Booth was assessed a double minor for high-sticking.