Notes from Friday, Oct. 2
Stars of the day/night
--In one of the early games, Florida goaltender Tomas Vokoun stopped a whopping 52 shots through 65 minutes, then another two in the shootout and the Panthers came from behind to beat Chicago, 4-3.
--Paul Kariya scored two goals, including the game-winner, and teammate Jay McClement had a goal and two assists in St. Louis' 4-3 win over Detroit.
Fingers pointed and derisive chuckles were uttered, but Philadelphia goalie Ray Emery posted a shutout in his first game as a Flyer, making 28 saves to backstop the Flyers over Carolina, 2-0, for the league's first clean sheet of 2009-10. Power play goals by Mike Richards and Jeff Carter provided the offensive support for Emery.
Turn the page
The Penguins opened the final season of the Civic/Mellon Arena in style, raising their 2008-09 Stanley Cup championship banner, then proceeded to defeat the Rangers, 3-2. Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy scored 68 seconds apart in the second period to turn a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 lead. Marian Gaborik netted his first goal as a Ranger in the defeat.
Eenie meenie minie Staal
Of the three Staals in action, the betting money would've been on oldest brother Eric to get on the scoresheet. But his Hurricanes were shut out, while younger siblings Jordan (Pittsburgh) and Marc (New York) had one assist each.
Quote of the night
"I was not really sure that the puck was in. I looked at the referee, and he acknowledged it. This is quite unbelievable, to do this in a game before a home crowd in my home country."
Finnish-born Ville Koistinen, who scored once in regulation and netted the shootout winner for Florida in the NHL's first ever game played in Finland.