|Flyers fans gave a nice ovation for Simon Gagne, who was traded to Tampa Bay. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)|
Steven Stamkos, Dominic Moore, and Paval Kubina scored goals to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Flyers, 3-2, last night in an emotional return to Philadelphia for Simon Gagne.
Gagne, a playoff hero last season in the Flyers’ run to the Stanley Cup finals, spent the first 10 seasons of his career with Philadelphia before being dealt to Tampa Bay during the summer to clear salary cap space.
Nikolay Zherdev and Danny Briere scored for Philadelphia.
Fans cheered within the first minute of the game, when Gagne stepped on the ice for his first shift of the night.
The popular left winger received a louder ovation with 13:40 left in the first, when the Flyers showed a video montage of highlights during a timeout. Gagne waved to the crowd from the bench, then joined his new teammates for the resumption of play.
Stamkos beat Flyers goalie Brian Boucher’s stick side nearly five minutes into the game, on a feed from Steve Downie after the puck bounced off the board.
Zherdev, one of the players signed with the money saved from shedding Gagne’s $5.25 million salary, tied the game a little more than two minutes later off an assist from James van Riemsdyk.
Senators 3, Hurricanes 2 — Mike Fisher scored his second goal of the game on a power play 14:03 into the third period as host Ottawa beat Carolina.
Fisher drove a slap shot from the slot past Cam Ward to restore the Senators’ one-goal lead after the Hurricanes scored goals 1:39 apart earlier in the period to tie it at 2.
Brian Elliott made 19 saves after taking over early in the first for injured Ottawa starter Pascal Leclaire, who left with a lower-body injury.
Leclaire, the starter in each of Ottawa’s first three games, was hurt after a goal-mouth collision 2:06 into the first period. The injury was apparently the result of contact with Hurricanes forward Tom Kostopoulos while Leclaire was covering up after stopping a shot. Leclaire had to be helped off the ice.
Stars 4, Red Wings 1 — The top line of Brad Richards, Loui Eriksson and James Neal had goals, Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves and Dallas topped Detroit in Stars’ career scoring leader Mike Modano’s first game in Texas as a visiting player.
The 40-year-old Modano was a free agent over the summer and, when the Stars didn’t offer him a contract, he signed a one-year deal Aug. 5 with the Red Wings, his hometown team.
Predators 4, Blues 3 — Steve Sullivan scored two goals and host Nashville beat St. Louis to improve to 3-0 for the second time in franchise history.
Wild 4, Oilers 2 — Mikko Koivu scored two of Minnesota’s four power-play goals and the Wild beat Edmonton at home for the 14th straight time.
Panthers 3, Flames 0 — Radek Dvorak scored twice in a 3:05 span of the first period and fellow Czech star Tomas Vokoun made 27 saves for his 39th career shutout in the Florida’s win over visiting Calgary.