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Nashville opens with shutout over Avs

Predators center Jason Arnott (19) scores his second goal of the game in the first period at Nashville, Tenn. It was Arnott's 700th point.
Predators center Jason Arnott (19) scores his second goal of the game in the first period at Nashville, Tenn. It was Arnott's 700th point.
Frederick Breedon, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jason Arnott scored two goals and Chris Mason made 35 saves to lead the Nashville Predators to a season-opening 4-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

Marek Zidlicky passed the puck from the right side, catching Arnott above the circle on the power play. Arnott sent a one-timer that beat Colorado goaltender Peter Budaj between his pads at 4:31 of the first.

Nearly 10 minutes later, Arnott struck from close range. J.P. Dumont passed the puck from the right side in front of the crease as Arnott skated in from the left, firing the puck into the wide side of the net as Budaj moved out of position to the right.

In the second period, Nashville made it 3-0 as Dan Hamhuis beat Budaj low to his stick side from the middle of the left circle.

At 4:41 of the third period, Greg de Vries fired a one-timer from just inside the blue line. Dumont tipped it past Budaj high to his glove side.

Budaj was replaced after the last goal by Tyler Weiman. Budaj faced 22 shots and made 18 saves.

Colorado outshot Nashville 35-32.

RANGERS 5, PANTHERS 2: At New York, Chris Drury brought his winning ways to Broadway on opening night. Drury's first goal in a Rangers uniform snapped a third-period tie Thursday night and sparked a late scoring outburst that carried New York to a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. Drury put in a rebound 8:46 into the third period to give New York a 3-2 lead and spark a spurt of three goals in a 4:16 span.

Petr Prucha, Ryan Callahan and Martin Straka also scored in the third period as the Rangers turned a 2-1 deficit into a rousing victory.

SENATORS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 2: At Ottawa, Daniel Alfredsson's scored twice, including the game-winner on a power play with 4:59 remaining, to lift the Senators to victory. Alfredsson put a wrist shot over Vesa Toskala's right shoulder into the top left corner for his third goal of the season and helped Ottawa regain the lead after blowing a two-goal lead in the second.

LIGHTNING 3, DEVILS 1: At Tampa, Fla., Vincent Lecavalier scored twice, including a tiebreaking goal with 3:52 left in the third, spoiling Brent Sutter's debut as Devils coach and leading the Lightning to a win. Vinny Prospal set up Lecavalier's second goal to make it 2-1 from the right circle with a backhand pass through the slot. Prospal added an empty-net goal with 58 seconds left. Lightning goalie Johan Holmqvist stopped 26 shots. Martin St. Louis had three assists.

FLYERS 3, FLAMES 2: At Calgary, Alberta, Daniel Briere scored his first two goals in a Philadelphia uniform to help the Flyers beat Calgary, spoiling Mike Keenan's regular-season debut behind the Flames' bench. Mike Knuble and Briere scored in the first period to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead. The Flames tied the game on a pair of goals from Daymond Langkow. Briere connected on the game-winner with 1:48 left to give the Flyers the victory. Martin Biron made 24 saves for the Flyers while Miikka Kiprusoff made 23 saves for the Flames.

COYOTES 3, BLUES 2: At Glendale, Ariz., rookie Daniel Winnik's first NHL goal stood as the game-winner in Phoenix's 3-2 victory over St. Louis. Winnik's converted a centering pass from Martin Hanzal at 7:30 of the third period to extend the Coyotes' lead to 3-0, just 12 seconds after Mike York scored Phoenix's second goal. Keith Tkachuk and Brad Boyce scored late in the third to pull the Blues to 3-2, but the Coyotes hung on for the win.

WILD 1, BLACKHAWKS 0: At St. Paul, Minn., Niklas Backstrom made 27 saves, Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored, and the Wild beat the Blackhawks. Backstrom, the unflappable goalie from Finland, was given a two-year, $6.2 million contract in June that led to the trade of Manny Fernandez to Boston.

OILERS 3, SHARKS 2 (SO): At Edmonton, Jarret Stoll scored in the shootout to lift the Oilers to a victory over the Sharks. Joe Thornton scored the tying goal on a power play with 11 seconds left in regulation for the Sharks. Tom Gilbert and Kyle Brodziak scored in regulation for the Oilers, and Patrick Marleau had San Jose's other goal.