NHL: Penguins win as Hornqvist scores in debut

NHL: Penguins win as Hornqvist scores in debut

Patric Hornqvist scored a power-play goal and assisted on another in his season debut, helping visiting Pittsburgh open a 2-0 lead en route to a 3-2 victory over Washington on Wednesday night.

Hornqvist assisted on a goal by Kris Letang, the defenseman’s first since Feb. 4 after missing the end of last season and playoffs because of neck surgery. Hornqvist, who scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal last spring despite having a broken finger on his right hand, was playing for the first time since offseason surgery to repair it.

Conor Sheary scored the Penguins’ third goal, early in the third period to give them a 3-1 lead. Pittsburgh went three for six on the power play. The Capitals’ six minor penalties were a season high and contributed to their first regulation loss.

Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading eighth goal of the season, making things interesting at 3-2 with 7:09 left in the third period, but the Penguins held on behind goalie Matt Murray, who stopped 20 of the 22 shots he faced.

Devils stay unbeaten • Brian Gibbons scored while his team was two men short, Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha each scored twice and unbeaten New Jersey won in Toronto to end the Maple Leafs’ perfect start.

Blake Coleman also scored, and Cory Schneider made 47 saves to help New Jersey open 3-0-0 for the first time since 2014-15. Tied 2-2 after 20 minutes, the Devils scored twice in the second period despite being outshot 17-12.

A key moment came late in the period with the Devils taking two minors on one play. Rather than Toronto (3-1-0) taking advantage, New Jersey killed off the penalties and scored short-handed to make it 4-2.

Jake Gardiner was unable to keep the puck in at the New Jersey blue line and two Devils broke in. William Nylander’s backcheck swept the puck off Adam Henrique’s stick, and the puck went off goalie Frederik Andersen to Gibbons in front.

Source : http://www.stltoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl-penguins-win-as-hornqvist-scores-in-debut/article_d3b66923-f50d-52f1-873e-1c99ec12e1fc.html

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