BOSTON -- Jonas Gustavsson didn't have a lot of time to plan for his first action of the season.
Gustavsson didn't find out until nearly game time that Detroit's No. 1 goaltender Jimmy Howard was going to be sidelined with a catching hand injury. Then the backup stopped 28 shots and led the Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday afternoon.
"Maybe 15, 20 minutes before the game started," Gustavsson said, sitting at his locker taking his equipment off in a nearly empty dressing room following the win. "It felt good. I was excited to play. It's always fun to go out and have your first game, especially when we have a chance to win."
And the Red Wings (4-2) had to hang on right until the last second to get their second straight victory (see full recap).
Capitals snap 3-game skid with win over Oilers
WASHINGTON -- Joel Ward, Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer scored goals in less than four minutes of the second period, and the Washington Capitals snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night.
With the score tied at 1, Ward took advantage of a power play and scored his first goal of the season at 10:06 of the second.
Ovechkin added his sixth goal 3:12 later, and Brouwer - during another power play - netted his first 43 seconds after that. Nicklas Backstrom assisted on all three goals, scored 3:55 apart. Brooks Laich scored Washington's first goal of the game (see full recap).
Sabres tie franchise record in loss to Wild
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jason Pominville scored the winning goal in his return to Buffalo as the Minnesota Wild beat the winless Sabres 2-1 on Monday night.
Kyle Brodziak also scored for Minnesota (3-1-2). Josh Harding made 21 saves.
Buffalo (0-6-1) tied a franchise record for longest winless streak to start a season. The Sabres were 0-5-2 in 1999 and 0-4-3 in 1990 (see full recap).