NHL Recaps: Brent Burns wins in SJ return, Jets stop Rangers, and more

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Oct 14, 2022; San Jose, California, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brent Burns (8) smiles before the start of warmups against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Recaps:  October 14, 2022

The NHL schedule was light on Friday night with just 4 games on the docket.

Only one contest was a divisional matchup as the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens battled to gain some early Atlantic Division points.

Meanwhile, Johnny Gaudreau’s first goal as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets was spoiled by the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. The New York Rangers played their third game in four nights against the Winnipeg Jets, who were opening their season at home.

We start in San Jose where an old Shark made a triumphant return.

NHL Recaps: Brent Burns returns to San Jose

Hurricanes 2 vs Sharks 1

Sebastian Aho scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:58 remaining in regulation and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied for a 2-1 win over the host San Jose Sharks on Friday night.

Positioned perfectly in front of the net, Aho redirected Brett Pesce’s puck toward the goal and past Sharks netminder James Reimer, who delivered a strong performance with 33 saves.

Martin Necas scored in his second straight game and Antti Raanta stopped 18 shots as the Hurricanes snapped an 0-4-2 slide at San Jose. Evgeny Svechnikov scored for San Jose, which has totaled just four goals while losing its first three games of the season.

Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Brent Burns, who played the previous 11 seasons with the Sharks before approving a trade to Carolina during the summer, was honored with a video tribute prior to the start of Friday night’s contest. Burns recorded two shots on goal in 23:19 of ice time.

“I went back to Minnesota for a game for the first time and it was weird,” Burns said recently. “Still is a little weird when I go back. But still a game to be played.”

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Lightning 5 vs Blue Jackets 2

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Oct 14, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) collides with Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) in the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Steven Stamkos scored twice as Tampa Bay recorded its first win of the season over host Columbus.

On a first-period power play, the Lightning’s Corey Perry recorded the 406th goal of his career to put him into the NHL’s top 100, tying Rod Gilbert and John LeClair for 99th. He also had an assist. Ross Colton posted a goal and an assist, Cal Foote also found the net and Andrei Vasilevskiy turned away 26 shots.

Star free-agent signing Johnny Gaudreau scored his first goal with the Blue Jackets, and Gus Nyquist also tallied.

“We got off to a good start,” said Gaudreau, who opened the scoring with his first goal for Columbus. “The second (period) they took it to us and we lost focus. Once we got down a couple of goals, we knew it was going to be a hard battle to get back there.”

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Red Wings 3 vs Canadiens 0

Ville Husso made 29 saves in his debut in Detroit’s season opener, a shutout of visiting Montreal.

Making his NHL debut, 2019 draft pick Elmer Soderblom scored the eventual game-winning goal in the third period for Detroit, which had Derek Lalonde behind the bench in his first game as an NHL head coach. Michael Rasmussen had a hand in all three goals, scoring the second one and assisting on the other two.

Jake Allen made 37 saves for Montreal, which began its season with a 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

Jets 4 vs Rangers 1

Connor Hellebuyck made 40 saves, Sam Gagner scored the go-ahead goal at 15:35 of the third period and Winnipeg defeated visiting New York.

Mark Scheifele scored twice to help make the Jets winners on their opening night, and Nikolaj Ehlers had two assists. In the end, the story was Hellebuyck with a 21 save second period that earned the win.

“This team played the right way,” Hellebuyck said via NHL.com. “That was a great team win tonight, and we needed everyone and we got everyone. It’s a great building step, and I think the character in this locker room is just going to continue to show and grow.”

Dryden Hunt scored and Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves in his debut for the Rangers, who were playing the second of back-to-back games. Artemi Panarin picked up his fifth assist. New York had won its first two games.

Rangers captain Jacob Trouba had his 600th career game spoiled by the team that drafted him 9th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft.

“It got away from us tonight,” Trouba said. “We’re not going to play perfectly every game. We’ll learn from it and address it going forward.”

Prior to the game, Winnipeg Jets coach Rick Bowness tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the team’s season opener against the New York Rangers.

Associate coach Scott Arniel served as acting head coach for Bowness.

–Field Level Media contributed to this article