PITTSBURGH – Sidney Crosby weaved through two defensemen to score during Pittsburgh’s four-goal first period, then helped hold off a frantic Washington Capitals rally with a no-look, spin-move pass to set up Ziggy Palffy’s second goal of the game in a 5-4 Penguins victory. Playing before a standing room-only crowd of 16,978 energized by the first matchup of arguably the NHL’s two most anticipated rookies since Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, Crosby didn’t disappoint. Alexander Ovechkin was limited to an assist on Matt Pettinger’s goal in the third period,.

Canadiens 3, Thrashers 2

MONTREAL – Pierre Dagenais scored the winning goal and Jose Theodore stopped Atlanta forwards Ilya Kovalchuk, Peter Bondra and Marian Hossa in a shootout to lead the Canadiens to a 3-2 win over the Thrashers.

Lightning 4, Flyers 2

PHILADELPHIA – Brad Richards and Dan Boyle scored within a 1:26 span late in the second period to break open a tie game and lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Rangers 3, Sabres 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Jaromir Jagr scored the decisive goal in a shootout, lifting the New York Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

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