The Carolina Hurricanes raised a Stanley Cup championship banner and showed off the 114-year-old trophy during their first two games of the season. They already sound as if they can't wait to get away from all the hoopla.
Zach Parise scored twice and Brian Gionta had three assists to lead the New Jersey Devils past the Hurricanes 4-0 on Friday night, sending the champs to a second straight home loss to open the season.
Jamie Langenbrunner and Patrik Elias also scored goals for New Jersey, while Martin Brodeur made 29 saves for his 81st career shutout and 447th victory _ moving him into a tie for third place on the career list with Terry Sawchuk.
It was an ugly loss for the Hurricanes against a team they had beaten in the second round of the playoffs last season. And now they can look at a seven-game road trip, which begins Saturday against Washington, as a chance to start over.
"I think it's a good time to get out on the road,"coach Peter Laviolette said."There's always less pressure to put on a show when you get on the road and you can get back to more fundamentals."
Last season, Carolina won its first seven home games en route to a franchise-record 31 wins here. The Hurricanes then beat the Devils in a five-game series, ending it with a 4-1 win at Carolina on May 14.
But the Devils looked sharp in their return Friday, getting Parise's first goal 26 seconds in and never looking back.
"It kind of sets the bar,"Parise said."There'sa lot of high expectations here from everyone. To start with a shutout, it kind of speaks to the team we have here right now. And it's even more special since it's the first game."
In other NHL games, it was: Vancouver 3, Columbus 2 in OT; Buffalo 5, Montreal 4 in a shootout; Florida 8, Boston 3; and Anaheim 4, Los Angeles 3.
Parise scored first when he tipped in a shot from Colin White at the blue line, the first of three first-period redirections that slipped past Cam Ward, who made 26 saves. Langenbrunner followed with a score at 11:30 of the first period, while Elias redirected a shot from Gomez at 17:32 to cap a dominating period.
Parise scored again in the second, getting a step on Ray Whitney as he cut to the crease to take a cross-ice pass from Gomez. Parise knocked the airborne puck just inside the left post at 6:01, giving New Jersey a 4-0 lead that stood up after video review.
By the time this clunker was over, there were plenty of boos coming from the crowd of 18,639.
"As bad as it was out there tonight, you can't overthink the situation,"forward Kevyn Adams said."We didn't play hard enough to win. We didn't win loose pucks. We didn't finish our checks. We didn't skate. We were standing around. They won all the battles. And when that happens, you're going to lose."
Canucks 3, Blue Jackets 2, OT
Daniel Sedin tied it in the closing minutes of regulation, then scored off a rebound 31 seconds into overtime for visiting Vancouver.
Brendan Morrison also had a goal for the Canucks, who opened the season with a 3-1 victory at Detroit on Thursday night.
Mark Hartigan had a goal and an assist and David Vyborny added a goal for Columbus, which fell to 1-4-1 in season openers.
Sabres 5, Canadiens 4, SO
Maxim Afinogenov forced overtime with 15 seconds left in regulation and then scored in a shootout, rallying the Sabres at home.
Buffalo's Thomas Vanek had two assists and also scored in the shootout, while the Canadiens failed on their two shootout attempts _ the last when Alex Kovalev had goaltender Ryan Miller down, but snapped his shot off the right post.
Vanek then scored on his shootout opportunity, snapping a shot past Cristobal Huet. Daniel Briere, Jiri Novotny and Jason Pominville also scored in regulation for Buffalo.
Saku Koivu had two goals and an assist for the Canadiens, Chris Higgins had a goal and two assists and Michael Ryder a goal and an assist in Guy Carbonneau's debut as coach.
Panthers 8, Bruins 3
At Sunrise, Fla., Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and three assists _ his first four-point game since Feb. 25, 2003 _ in his Florida debut, and Joe Nieuwendyk had two goals and an assist as the Panthers opened the season with a victory.
Alex Auld, who came to the Panthers with Bertuzzi in the offseason trade that sent All-Star goalie Roberto Luongo to Vancouver, stopped 34 shots for Florida.
Mike Van Ryn, Juraj Kolnik, Nathan Horton, Chris Gratton and Olli Jokinen also scored for the Panthers.
Marco Sturm had a goal and an assist, Glen Murray and Wayne Primeau each had a goal for Boston.
Ducks 4, Kings 3
Chris Kunitz had a goal and an assist, Teemu Selanne added two assists and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 41 saves as Anaheim won at home in the season opener for both teams.
The Ducks'Ryan Getzlaf snapped a 2-2 tie when he scored with 13:15 remaining, and Kunitz added a goal moments later. Lubomir Visnovsky pulled the Kings within one with his goal with 5:07 remaining.
Corey Perry and Andy McDonald each scored in the second period for Anaheim.
Anze Kopitar, a 19-year-old rookie from Sweden, scored Los Angeles'first two goals, also in the second period but had Marc Crawford's debut as the Kings'coach spoiled.
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