The Columbus Blue Jackets already can tell that the old Steve Mason is back.
Mason made 33 saves, and Ethan Moreau scored in overtime to give the Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Sharks last night and a split of the two-game, season-opening series with the Sharks in Stockholm.
“I think it’s safe to say that he’s probably got his game back to where it was two years ago,’’ Columbus coach Scott Arniel said of Mason. “[Friday] night he got off to a slow start but he was outstanding from that second period on, and tonight all three periods.’’
Joe Thornton’s power-play goal tied it at 2 in the third period, after Swedish-born Kristian Huselius thrilled the crowd when he scored his second of the season on a power play to put the Blue Jackets ahead at the start of the frame.
“It was nice to bounce back and get the win here,’’ Huselius said.
San Jose took the lead with a power-play goal from Devin Setoguchi 2:02 into the game. Rick Nash tied it just over a minute later when his wrist shot beat goalie Antero Niittymaki.
Niittymaki got the start instead of Antti Niemi and made 22 saves. Niemi earned the win in the Sharks’ 3-2 victory Friday in the opener.
There were a lot more empty seats at the 13,500-seat Globen Arena compared with Friday.
“I guess it was more fans here the first game but it felt like it was more noise, and they were more into the game tonight,’’ Huselius said. “We had some good times here.’’
Red Wings 3, Blackhawks 2 — Valtteri Filppula’s second goal snapped a third-period tie, and Detroit spoiled host Chicago’s Stanley Cup banner-raising celebration.
Filppula exploited two breakdowns and scored on the power-play at 7:01 of the third. Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and assist for the Red Wings (2-0).
Rangers 6, Sabres 3 — Derek
After being credited with the opening goal, which caromed off several skates, Stepan scored twice 3:12 apart late in the second period to complete the hat trick and put the Rangers ahead, 4-1.
Maple Leafs 5, Senators 1 — Newcomers Kris Versteeg and Clarke MacArthur each had a goal and an assist and Toronto beat visiting Ottawa.
Nikolai Kulemin, Phil Kessel, and Tim Brent also scored and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 17 saves for Toronto.
Capitals 7, Devils 2 — Alex Ovechkin beat Martin Brodeur on a penalty shot to complete Washington’s four-goal second period, and the host Capitals got 31 saves from Michal Neuvirth in a victory over New Jersey.
Ovechkin finished with two goals and an assist. John Carlson had a goal and two assists for Washington, which won its ninth straight home opener.
Canadiens 3, Penguins 2. — Mike Cammalleri and Scott Gomez scored in a 24-second span over the final 2:12 and Montreal came back for a victory in Pittsburgh, keeping the Penguins winless through two games at new
Cammalleri’s second goal of the game came when he was the second Montreal player to deflect a Josh Gorges shot from the right wing boards, getting it past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
Stars 5, Islanders 4 — Mike Ribeiro beat goalie Rick DiPietro with a strong backhand-to-forehand move in the final round of a shootout to lift Dallas over New York in Uniondale, N.Y.
Brenden Morrow scored twice, and Jamie Benn and Stephane Robidas added goals for the Stars, 2-0 this season after back-to-back road wins in regulation.
Lightning 5, Thrashers 3 — Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist to help new Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher win his NHL debut in the Lightning’s victory over visiting Atlanta.
Stamkos had 51 goals last season to tie Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby for the league lead. Steve Downie, Dominic Moore, and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Lightning in their season opener.
Predators 4, Ducks 1 — Steve Sullivan scored a power-play goal and had an assist in the second period, and host Nashville opened the season by beating Anaheim.
Marcel Goc, Patric Hornqvist, and David Legwand added goals for Nashville.
Blues 2, Flyers 1 — Carlo Colaiacovo scored 1:47 into overtime to give St. Louis the victory over visiting Philadelphia.
Colaiacovo followed up Alex Steen’s backhand attempt and rifled a slap shot over the left shoulder of goalie Brian Boucher to give the Blues the won in their season opener.
Kings 2, Canucks 1 — Anze Kopitar and Jack Johnson scored shootout goals for Los Angeles, which rallied late and beat host Vancouver in the season opener for both teams.
Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored a power play goal for Vancouver.