DETROIT — Michael Ryder scored in the first and third periods, and Kari Lehtonen came within 3.4 seconds of a shutout in the Dallas Stars’ 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
Lehtonen made 39 saves, but allowed Damien Brunner’s first career goal in the final seconds. Ryder had already added an insurance goal with 14:26 to play.
Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, a former UMaine player, had 30 saves — including 16 in the second period — to keep his team in it.
Jaromir Jagr went without a point for Dallas for a second straight game after posting two goals and two assists in the season opener Saturday.
Ryder opened the scoring with 14:19 left in the first, beating Howard from the top of the right circle with a terrific shot that sailed past the goalie’s right shoulder.
Dallas added its second goal when Ray Whitney had his shot blocked, but he retrieved the loose puck and sent a nice cross-ice pass to Ryder, whose quick wrist shot went past Howard.
CANADIENS 4, PANTHERS 1: Andrei Markov scored two goals, his first in two seasons, and Alex Galchenyuk had the first of his NHL career to help Montreal beat visiting Florida.
Tomas Plekanec also scored for Montreal. Tomas Kopecky scored for Florida (1-2-0).
PREDATORS 3, WILD 1: Martin Erat scored an unassisted goal with 8:15 left when goalie Niklas Backstrom couldn’t clear the puck cleanly, and Nashville won in St. Paul, Minn.
BLACKHAWKS 3, BLUES 2: Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Viktor Stalberg scored to back Corey Crawford, and Chicago hung on to beat visiting St. Louis.
DEVILS 3, FLYERS 0: Martin Brodeur made 24 saves for his 120th NHL shutout, Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a short-handed penalty shot, and New Jersey won its home opener.
The Flyers dropped to 0-3, matching their worst start since they also lost their first three games in the lockout-shortened 1995 season.
LIGHTNING 4, HURRICANES 1: Keith Aulie scored one of Tampa Bay’s two third-period goals to win at Raleigh, N.C.
JETS 4, CAPITALS 2: Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler each provided a goal and an assist as Winnipeg ended Washington’s 10-game winning streak in home openers.
KINGS: Los Angeles activated center Anze Kopitar from the non-roster list after its longtime leading scorer missed the season opener with a knee injury.
RED WINGS: Forward Tomas Holmstrom, who turns 40 on Wednesday, made his retirement official after 15 seasons with Detroit.