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Stars spoil Detroit’s home opener

– Michael Ryder scored in the first and third periods, and Kari Lehtonen came within 3.4 seconds of a shutout in the Dallas Stars’ 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Lehtonen made 39 saves, but allowed Damien Brunner’s first career goal in the final seconds. Ryder had already added an insurance goal with 14:26 to play.

Detroit’s Jimmy Howard had 30 saves – including 16 in the second period – to keep his team in it.

Jaromir Jagr went without a point for Dallas for a second straight game after posting two goals and two assists in the season opener Saturday.

Detroit’s fans were ready for the Red Wings’ first home game after the lockout.

It was the 72nd consecutive sellout for an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena, and the crowd roared when Tomas Holmstrom came out to drop the ceremonial first puck. Holmstrom announced his retirement earlier Tuesday after 15 seasons with the Red Wings.

JETS 4, CAPITALS 2: In Washington, Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler each provided a goal and an assist, and Winnipeg suddenly transformed into an offensive juggernaut, ending Washington’s 10-game winning streak in home openers.

Two games and two losses into the lockout-shortened season – and new Washington boss Adam Oates’ NHL head coaching career – Alex Ovechkin doesn’t have a goal, the Capitals have been outscored 10-5.

LIGHTNING 4, HURRICANES 1: In Raleigh, N.C., Keith Aulie scored the momentum-shifting goal that propelled the Tampa Bay.

Tom Pyatt and Cory Conacher scored early goals, Ryan Malone added a power-play tally, and Vincent Lecavalier had two assists. The Lightning pulled away with two goals in the third period.

Jeff Skinner scored a power play goal for the Carolina.

CANADIENS 4, PANTHERS 1: In Montreal, Andrei Markov scored two goals, his first in two seasons, and Alex Galchenyuk had the first of his NHL career for Montreal.

Tomas Plekanec also scored for Montreal (1-1-0), while Rafael Diaz and Max Pacioretty each had two assists.

Tomas Kopecky scored for Florida (1-2-0).

DEVILS 3, FLYERS 0: In Newark, N.J., Martin Brodeur made 24 saves for his 120th NHL shutout, Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a short-handed penalty shot, and New Jersey won its home opener in front of an enthusiastic sellout crowd.

Travis Zajac and David Clarkson scored first-period goals for the defending Eastern Conference champions.

The Flyers dropped to 0-3, matching their worst start since they also lost their first three games in the lockout-shortened 1995 season.

PREDATORS 3, WILD 1: In St. Paul, Minn., Martin Erat scored an unassisted goal for Nashville with 8:15 left when Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom couldn’t clear the puck cleanly, and Nashville earned its first victory.

Ryan Spaling had a goal late in the first period, and Chris Mason made 29 saves for the Predators in his first start of the season.

BLACKHAWKS 3, BLUES 2: In Chicago, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Viktor Stalberg scored to back Corey Crawford, and Chicago hung on in its home opener.

The Blackhawks looked sharp after impressive wins at defending champion Los Angeles and Phoenix, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs in the first round last season.

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