WASHINGTON Alex Ovechkin flicked in the game's first goal for his 200th NHL point, and the Washington Capitals won their home opener 2-0 over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
The Capitals improved to 2-0-0 for the first time since 2002 the last time they reached the postseason.
Washington controlled the action for long stretches against Carolina (1-1-1). That included a 14-2 edge in shots in the first period and a 33-23 advantage overall.
Capitals goalie Olie Kolzig was brilliant in earning the shutout in his first game of the season.
Center Viktor Kozlov set up Ovechkin's goal 14:24 into the game, drawing three Hurricanes toward him before sliding a no-look pass over to the 2005-06 NHL rookie of the year.
Ovechkin one-timed a shot past goalie John Grahame, lifting the Russian's totals to 99 goals and 101 assists in 165 career games. No Capitals player had arrived at the 200-point plateau so quickly; among all active NHL players, only Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby got there in fewer games (142).
The Capitals' other goal came in the second period, on defenseman Milan Jurcina's slap shot from the point on a power play.
SENATORS 2, RANGERS 0: At Ottawa, Martin Gerber stopped 35 shots for his eighth career shutout and Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and an assist for the Senators.
DEVILS 4, PANTHERS 1: At Sunrise, Fla., John Madden scored twice for New Jersey, giving Brent Sutter his first NHL coaching victory.
ISLANDERS 3, SABRES 2: At Uniondale, N.Y., Mike Comrie scored two goals for the second straight night and New York completed a sweep of the season-opening, home-and-home series against Buffalo.
LIGHTNING 5, THRASHERS 2: At Tampa, Fla., Vinny Prospal and Brad Richards had two goals each to lead Tampa Bay past Atlanta.
MAPLE LEAFS 4, CANADIENS 3 (OT): At Toronto, Tomas Kaberle scored 3:26 into overtime and Toronto rallied to beat Montreal.
PENGUINS 5, DUCKS 4: At Pittsburgh, Petr Sykora scored twice and had an assist in his Pittsburgh home debut and the Penguins twice scored goals only seconds apart.
PREDATORS 5, STARS 1: At Nashville, Tenn., David Legwand had the second three-goal game of his career to help the Nashville open the season 2-0.
WILD 3, BLUE JACKETS 2: At St. Paul, Minn., Eric Belanger and Brent Burns scored in the third period to rally Minnesota, which improved to 2-0 after two home games.
OILERS 5, FLYERS 3: At Edmonton, Alberta, Geoff Sanderson scored two goals and Joni Pitkanen added one to lead Edmonton over Philadelphia.
BLACKHAWKS 4, RED WINGS 3: At Chicago, Patrick Kane scored the only goal in the shootout, lifting Chicago over Detroit.