RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jeff Skinner had two goals and an assist, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Friday night.
Skinner originally had his fifth career hat trick before the third goal was awarded to Bryan Bickell on a scoring change. Still, Skinner's 16th career three-point night -- in his debut wearing the "A" as an alternate captain -- helped the Hurricanes win their home opener.
Victor Rask had two assists, giving him points in all seven games, and Cam Ward made 28 saves -- stopping Mats Zuccarello with about 5 seconds left -- to help Carolina snap a two-game losing streak.
Zuccarello scored two power-play goals and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 18 shots for the Rangers, whose three-game winning streak was snapped.
It seems silly to label an October game as a must-win, but this might have counted as one for the Hurricanes: Since the lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 season, they have not made the playoffs in any season in which they lost their home opener. Meanwhile, only twice in that span have they won their first game at PNC Arena, and they went on to reach the postseason both times (see full recap).
Artem Anisimov lifts Blackhawks past Devils in OT
NEWARK, N.J. -- Artem Anisimov scored on a rebound at 1:15 of overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied to beat New Jersey 3-2 on Friday night, handing the Devils their first home loss.
Marian Hossa tied the game with a power-play goal with 2:11 left in regulation after the Blackhawks pulled goaltender Corey Crawford for a sixth skater.
Artemi Panarin, who took the shot on Anisimov's game winner, also scored for Chicago. Crawford was outstanding in making 30 saves.
PA Parenteau and John Moore scored for New Jersey, which was 3-0 at home. Keith Kinkaid made 26 saves in his first start of the season.
Chicago had all three shots in the overtime. Panarin took a shot from the right circle. Kinkaid made the save but the puck went right to Anisimov for his fifth goal of the season.
Moore had given the Devils the lead early in the third period with a slam dunk in front.
Taylor Hall did all the work on Moore's first goal of the season. He carried the puck into the Blackhawks zone, skated into the right circle and sent a backhand pass toward the net. The puck hit off the skate of Devils' forward Kyle Palmieri and went right to a wide-open Moore.
Panarin, who hit a goalpost in the first period, tied the score 1-1 in the second period with a power-play goal just 13 seconds after Devils defenseman Damon Severson was called for hooking (see full recap).
Matthias, Hutchinson lead Jets to 1-0 win over Avalanche
DENVER -- Shawn Matthias scored in the second period against his former team, Michael Hutchinson stopped 37 shots for his third career NHL shutout and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 on Friday night.
The Jets were more energetic despite playing their third game in four days, including a 4-1 win over Dallas the night before. Colorado looked a bit rusty after a week off and couldn't to solve Hutchinson. It was Hutchinson's first shutout since Jan. 15, 2015, against Columbus.
The Avalanche pulled Semyon Varlamov with around 1:22 remaining, but the Avalanche couldn't capitalize.
Varlamov stopped 20 shots, his only mistake not sliding over in time to stop Matthias' wrist shot.
Colorado went on the power play late in the third period and had a golden chance with Hutchinson down on the ice. But Rene Bourque's shot from out front appeared to hit forward Brandon Tanev and sail wide of the net.
Hutchinson also came up big midway through the third period by stopping Joe Colborne, who coasted in all alone and tried to thread the puck between Hutchinson's legs.
Colorado's alternate blue sweater hasn't exactly been lucky. The team is 5-9-1 since the jersey's debut last season (see full recap).