• In this Sept. 22, 2015, file photo, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Simon Despres skates before an NHL preseason hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. Despres has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Ducks on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, solidifying his role in Anaheim after joining the club in a trade last season. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

    Simon Despres gets 5-year, $18.5 M extension from Ducks

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Defenseman Simon Despres agreed to a five-year, $18.5 million contract extension with Anaheim on Friday, punctuating his remarkable six-month rise with the Ducks.

  • Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi, of Finland, blocks a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71), of Russia, in the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Niemi, Stars shut out Penguins 3-0 in season opener

    DALLAS (AP) — Antti Niemi couldn’t remember whether he’d ever had two assists in a game before. Matthias Janmark didn’t have anything to remember before he scored his first NHL goal.

  • Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) blocks a breakaway shot by Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (11) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Parise has hat trick as Wild rally for 5-4 win over Avs

    DENVER (AP) — Zach Parise scored three times, including the tiebreaking tally in the third period, and the Minnesota Wild overcame a three-goal deficit to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 on Thursday night.

  • St. Louis Blues' Robby Fabbri, right, scores past Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, bottom left, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in St. Louis. The Blues won 3-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Fabbri gets tiebreaker in 3rd as Blues beat Oilers, McDavid

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Robby Fabbri came through in his first NHL game and helped the St. Louis Blues spoil Edmonton rookie Connor McDavid’s debut.

  • Nashville Predators right wing Craig Smith (15) is congratulated after scoring a goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    Smith, Arvidsson score as Predators beat Hurricanes 2-1

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Craig Smith had a power-play goal as the Nashville Predators scored twice in the first period Thursday night and held off the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in the season opener for both.

  • Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison (5) slips the puck under Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) to score the game-winning goal in overtime during an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning won the game 3-2.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Garrison has 2 goals, Lightning beat Flyers 3-2 in OT

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jason Garrison scored his second goal of the game in overtime, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Thursday night.

  • Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris celebrates his second goal during second-period action of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

    Turris scores 2 in Senators 3-1 win over Sabres

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Kyle Turris scored twice and the Ottawa Senators won a coach’s challenge to overturn a goal by Buffalo in the third period to hang on for a 3-1 victory over the Sabres in the teams’ season opener on Thursday night.

  • Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) beats Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) for a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Krejci and Pavelec are both from he Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Jets beat Bruins 6-2, snap 13-game losing streak in Boston

    BOSTON (AP) — Chris Thorburn and Nicolas Petan scored in the third period after Boston came within one goal, and the Winnipeg Jets opened the season with a 6-2 victory over the Bruins on Thursday night.

  • Buffalo Sabres defenseman Mark Pysyk (3) and Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) watch the blocker save from Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner (40) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

    Sabres starting goalie Lehner injured in opener against Sens

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner will not return to the game after appearing to hurt his left leg in the second period of the season opener against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

  • In this Oct. 3, 2015, file photo, Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) comes off the bench during the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia. Wayne Gretzky was "The Great One" and Mario Lemieux was "The Magnificent One." The hockey world is always looking for a new superstar to transcend the sport. Now, it's McDavid's turn to wear the label and carry the burden that goes with all that hype.  (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Connor McDavid excited about making NHL debut

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid said he didn’t have any trouble falling asleep on the eve of his professional debut.