CHICAGO — Oscar Lindberg, Kevin Klein and Derek Stepan scored in the first period, and the New York Rangers ruined Chicago’s Stanley Cup festivities with a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Wednesday on the first night of the NHL season.

J.T. Miller had two assists and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves for New York.

Cheered on by a sellout crowd of 22,104, with many dressed in their usual red jerseys, the Blackhawks raised the banner for the franchise’s sixth NHL title during a colorful pregame ceremony. Fluorescent balls bounced around the seats and LED wristbands for the fans provided a synchronized lightshow during player introductions and highlight presentations.

All-Star winger Patrick Kane, the subject of a sexual assault investigation in western New York, heard loud cheers when he skated onto the ice.

Kane has not been charged.

CANADIENS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 1: Carey Price made 36 saves as visiting Montreal spoiled Mike Babcock’s coaching debut with the Maple Leafs.

Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty scored on Montreal’s first shot against Jonathan Bernier a few minutes in for the first goal of the NHL season. Alex Galchenyuk broke a tie midway through the third period, and Pacioretty added an empty-netter.

James van Riemsdyk had a power-play goal for Toronto early in the second period.

Bernier finished with 27 saves.

Babcock made the first coach’s challenge in NHL history and was successful in overturning a goal.

Babcock challenged Jeff Petry’s apparent goal in the second period, arguing that Tomas Plekanec interfered with goalie Jonathan Bernier. Referees Frederik L’Ecuyer and Dan O’Rourke looked at the replay by the penalty box and determined Plekanec made incidental contact with Bernier.


SHARKS: Forward Raffi Torres will not appeal his 41-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg in a preseason game.

The NHLPA said Torres will not contest the longest suspension in NHL history for a hit on another player.

This marks the fifth and most significant suspension for Torres in his career. His previous longest ban had been a 21-game suspension – initially 25 games – for a high hit on Chicago’s Marian Hossa in the first round of the playoffs in 2012 when he played for Arizona.

BLUES: St. Louis signed forward Scott Gomez to a one-year contract. Gomez, 35 and a 15-year NHL veteran, attended training camp on a professional tryout. He had seven goals and 27 assists in 58 games last season for New Jersey.

WILD: Minnesota assigned center Jordan Schroeder to their AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild.

Schroeder, 25, had a decent first season with the Wild, tallying three goals and five assists in 25 games with a plus-9 rating after playing parts of the previous two years with Vancouver. But with the emergence of rookie Tyler Graovac during training camp, Schroeder was the odd forward out.