NEW YORK, AP
The Columbus Blue Jackets experienced for the first time something Patrick Roy is quite used to — winning a hockey game. The expansion Blue Jackets needed only until their third game — and first on the road — to earn the franchise’s initial National Hockey League win, beating the Calgary Flames 3-2 Thursday night. “It’s a huge win for a lot of important reasons,” said Kevyn Adams, who scored twice. “It will give the guys in here some confidence, it’s an exciting night for the organization itself.” Roy earned his 446th career victory in Colorado’s 5-2 win at Vancouver. Roy is just one victory away from tying Terry Sawchuk’s NHL record for goalies. He can accomplish that by beating Columbus in the Avalanche’s home opener Saturday. “It’s a great chance to do it at home,” Roy said. “At the beginning of the year, we all talked about playing well defensively, and that’s what we have done in our four games on the road. “We have to keep working on these things. Consistency is important for us.” Columbus started the season with home losses to Chicago and Los Angeles before heading to Calgary to begin a three game road trip. “It’s a real important win for us because the longer you go without one, the more the guys can begin to feel the pressure of it,” Blue Jackets coach Dave King said. Also scoring for Columbus was 18-year-old defenseman Rostislav Klesla, the first goal for the fourth pick in last June’s entry draft. Jarome Iginla and Clarke Wilm scored for the Flames, who lost all three games in a season-opening homestand. Roy entered with a 1.26 goals-against average and .944 save percentage. He’s a big reason the Avalanche have given up just six goals in four games and gotten off to a 2-0-2 start. “Patrick is giving us the big saves and the five guys in front of him are taking care of the rebounds and the shooting lanes,” Colorado coach Bob Hartley said. “We’ve seen some real good team effort throughout the first four games.” Milan Hejduk scored his first two goals of the season for the Avalanche. Stars 4, Flyers 1 Brett Hull scored twice to pass Mario Lemieux on the NHL’s career goal list, and Dallas defeated visiting Philadelphia. Hull’s 613th goal tied him with Lemieux in eighth place. His second pushed him past the former Pittsburgh star and current Penguins owner. Jere Lehtinen had a goal and an assist for Dallas, and Brenden Morrow scored into an empty net. Ed Belfour made 26 saves. Simon Gagne scored for the Flyers, who were without injured forwards John LeClair and Mark Recchi. Stars center Mike Modano missed the game with a back injury. Red Wings 4, Blackhawks 0 Manny Legace stopped 23 shots for his first NHL shutout and Detroit scored on its first three shots in a victory over Chicago. Doug Brown, Sergei Fedorov and Tomas Holmstrom connected in the opening 809 to chase goalie Jocelyn Thibault and spoil the Blackhawks’ home opener. Brendan Shanahan added a goal with 8:02 left. The early onslaught silenced a sellout United Center crowd moments after the Blackhawks introduced their 75th anniversary team in a pregame ceremony. Sharks 2, Coyotes 1Brad Stuart’s rebound goal with 500 left gave San Jose its first victory of the season with a home win over Phoenix. Both of San Jose’s goals were scored by defensemen in a game played without Phoenix captain Keith Tkachuk and San Jose counterpart Owen Nolan. The Sharks got a solid game from goalie Steve Shields, who stopped 25 shots. Marcus Ragnarsson, a defenseman who had just three goals in 63 games last year, got the Sharks’ first goal. Mika Alatalo scored for Phoenix, which lost for the first time this season after two victories.