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Neal lifts Golden Knights to win in Vegas franchise debut

Neal lifts Golden Knights to win in Vegas franchise debut

DALLAS — James Neal simply wanted to give the people of Las Vegas a reason to smile. Chances are he did.
NHL Capsules

NHL Capsules

DALLAS — James Neal scored twice in the third period Friday night, rallying the Golden Knights to a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars in the debut of the first major pro sports franchise in Las Vegas.
Steven Stamkos has key assist, Lightning beat Panthers 5-3

Steven Stamkos has key assist, Lightning beat Panthers 5-3

TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos is back. Stamkos set up the go-ahead goal in his return from a right knee injury and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 5-3 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Newcomer Panarin, rookies help Columbus rout Islanders 5-0

Newcomer Panarin, rookies help Columbus rout Islanders 5-0

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Artemi Panarin didn't need to score a goal to have a big impact in his first game for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Stars, Golden Knights honour Las Vegas victims before opener

Stars, Golden Knights honour Las Vegas victims before opener

DALLAS — The Dallas Stars formed a line next to players from the Vegas Golden Knights to honour victims of last weekend's mass shooting before the debut of the first major pro sports franchise in Las Vegas.
Caps' Walker set to become first Australian to play in NHL

Caps' Walker set to become first Australian to play in NHL

ARLINGTON, Va. — Washington Capitals forward Nathan Walker will become the first Australian player to dress in an NHL game when he makes his debut Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens.
Shaky starts overshadow Cup rematch for Penguins, Predators

Shaky starts overshadow Cup rematch for Penguins, Predators

PITTSBURGH — Four months ago, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators spent six games trading shots and momentum in a spirited tug-of-war for the Stanley Cup that ended with the Penguins skating away with their second straight title.
Once in a century hat trick history made in NHL openers

Once in a century hat trick history made in NHL openers

The hats were flying at a historic pace on the first two nights of the NHL season. Connor McDavid, Alex Ovechkin, Wayne Simmonds and Brandon Saad each recorded a hat trick in his team's season opener.
Coach Mike Babcock says Leafs have to get better in home opener against Rangers

Coach Mike Babcock says Leafs have to get better in home opener against Rangers

TORONTO — Despite watching his team win 7-2 in Winnipeg to kick off the season, Mike Babcock wants improvements in Saturday's home opener against the New York Rangers.
Ducks rally from 3 goals down to beat Coyotes 5-4

Ducks rally from 3 goals down to beat Coyotes 5-4

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Ducks weren't too excited about the start to their season opener, but turns out they had an exciting finish in the wings.