East Rutherford, N.J. Alexander Mogilny scored two goals and the New Jersey Devils unleashed an offensive explosion in opening their defense of the Stanley Cup with an 8-4 victory Friday night over the Montreal Canadiens.
Bobby Holik, Sergei Nemchinov, Colin White, Petr Sykora, former Canadien Turner Stevenson and Steve Kelly also scored as the Devils raised their second championship banner in five years and then kept on partying all night against hapless Montreal.
Xavier Delisle, Brian Savage, Saku Koivu and Oleg Petrov scored for the Canadiens, who just didn't have enough speed to keep up with the Devils, who came at them in waves and scored in flurries.
The big spurt came early in the second period when Sykora, Mogilny and White scored in a 3:18 span to snap a 2-2 tie and send Canadiens goalie Jeff Hackett to the bench after just 24:59 of playing time.
Sykora, who missed most of the preseason after having his tonsils removed, capped a 2-on-1 at 1:41 by one-timing a pass from Patrik Elias passed Hackett, who only faced 13 shots.
Mogilny put his own rebound in at 3:13 and White did the same from a bad angle at 4:59.
Mathieu Garon made his NHL debut at point in replacing Hackett and played well the rest of the period, during which Koivu scored to narrow the lead to 5-3.
However, New Jersey put the game away when Mogilny and Stevenson scored 67 seconds apart early in the third period to give the Devils a 7-3 advantage.
Canucks 4, Panthers 3, OT
Sunrise, Fla. Vancouver scored three first-period goals including Donald Brashear's first since Marty McSorley hit him in the head with a stick eight months ago and Ed Jovanovski added a fourth.
Islanders 3, Lightning 3
Tampa, Fla. Claude Lapointe scored twice, including the game-tying goal midway through the third period. Tampa Bay also received goals from Pavel Kubina and Mike Johnson.
Kings 4, Capitals 1
Washington Luc Robitaille scored two first-period goals as the Los Angeles Kings converted three of their first eight shots against Craig Billington.