Colorado wins in OT but Blues’ Tarasenko, Avs’ Hejduk leave game with injuries


All it took was one shot for the Colorado Avalanche to beat the St. Louis Blues, but it took 64 minutes and 43 seconds to happen.

Avalanche winger David Jones scored with 17 seconds remaining in overtime, as the Avalanche defeated the Blues 1-0 in overtime.

Colorado’s netminder Semyon Varlamov was by far the busier of the two goalies. He stopped all 33 shots he faced. At the other end, Blues netminder Jaroslav Halak faced only 20 shots. He stopped all but one.

However, Injuries to two different players overshadowed the results.

Blues rookie Vladimir Tarasenko needed to be helped off the ice after taking a hit from Colorado’s Mark Olver.

The Avalanche also couldn’t escape a potential injury situation.

Veteran forward Milan Hejduk, 37, left the game and did not return due to a torso injury.

Video: Eichel’s first career NHL goal

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Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.

The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.

Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.


Tough start: Lehner knocked out of Sabres debut, won’t return

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Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.

Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.

During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.

It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.

As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.

Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.