NHL Wrap: Avs win in Roy's coaching debut

NHL Wrap: Avs win in Roy's coaching debut
October 3, 2013, 12:45 am
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Colorado beat Anaheim 6-1 in Patrick Roy's coaching debut with the Avalanche on Wednesday. (USA Today Images)

The Flyers went just 1 for 7 on the power play and fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1, in Wednesday's season opener (see game story).

Also, Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier stoned ex-teammate Wayne Simmonds at the end of the second period on Wednesday (see Flyers Notes).

Now, here's a recap of Wednesday's NHL action:

Avs beat Ducks in Roy's coaching debut
DENVER -- Semyon Varlamov was sharp in making 35 saves, and Jamie McGinn scored two goals, leading Colorado to a 6-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night in Patrick Roy's coaching debut with the Avalanche.

Ryan O'Reilly, John Mitchell, Matt Duchene and Steve Downie added goals for the Avalanche, who improved to 19-8-7 on opening night. Top pick Nathan MacKinnon set up both of McGinn's goals with no-look passes. Alex Tanguay, back with Colorado for the first time since the 2005-06 season, had three assists.

Varlamov stuffed the Ducks all evening but lost his bid for a shutout in the closing seconds when Jakob Silfverberg slipped a shot by him.

Viktor Fasth struggled for Anaheim, allowing three goals in the second period.

Things got heated after the final horn, with some players getting into a skirmish near the benches. Even Roy got into the act as he jawed from behind the glass (see full story).

Red Wings open with win over Sabres
DETROIT -- Pavel Datsyuk and Mikael Samuelsson scored 36 seconds apart midway through the first period and the Detroit Red Wings held on to beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 Wednesday night in the season-opener for both teams.

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard turned the puck over, allowing Zemgus Girgensons to score in his NHL debut with 7:24 left in the game. Howard tried to clear the puck from behind his net, but it hit Buffalo's Brian Flynn and popped over the net to set up Girgensons' backhander that pulled the Sabres within a goal.

Howard made 19 saves in Detroit's debut in the Eastern Conference, playing an Atlantic Division game against the young Sabres (see full story).

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