DALLAS (AP) — Jim Montgomery
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didn’t pause very long to savor a win in his NHL coaching debut.The Dallas Stars coach isn’t even sure it counts.“First of all Johnny Gaudreau Jersey Kids , players win games,” Montgomery said after Devin Shore, Alexander Radulov and John Klingberg scored less than two minutes apart in the second period of a 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.“I don’t know why coaches have records. I really think players win championships, and I’ve always believed that. I think coaches help give them opportunities to do that.”Ben Bishop stopped all 30 shots for his first season-opening shutout and the 25th of his career. Bishop has a four-game winning streak on opening night.Shore broke a scoreless tie by putting in a rebound as he was going to his knees. Radulov beat backtracking former Dallas defenseman Alex Goligoski one-on-one in a battle for the puck as they skated up the ice and slipped it between Antii Raanta’s pads 27 seconds later.A little more than a minute after that, Klingberg skated alone up the right side in 4-on-4 and beat Raanta inside the far post.“A couple of big ‘yeahs’ by me behind the bench on every one of them,” Montgomery said. “So, it was a great flurry by us.”Defenseman Connor Carrick, acquired in a trade with Toronto three days before the opener, assisted on the first two goals.Jamie Benn also had two assists in the Stars’ eighth straight win over the Coyotes — all in regulation by a combined score of 30-13. It was Dallas’ 11th consecutive home win over Arizona, a streak dating to February 2012.The Coyotes — who opened last season with 10 straight losses, nine in regulation — hit the post twice when the game was scoreless.Clayton Keller did it in the first period, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the second less than a minute before Shore’s goal sparked the Dallas flurry.“We hit the post Mark Giordano Jersey , and then …,” second-year coach Rick Tocchet said. “It’s the first game of the year, but it’s something you can’t let happen. We have to play quicker and initiate.”Montgomery, who played his final game with Dallas in 2002, was making his debut less than two years after winning an NCAA championship at Denver. He is one of three current NHL coaches who made the jump from college.General manager Jim Nill chose Montgomery as the club’s third coach in three seasons after one year under Ken Hitchcock, who led the Stars to their only Stanley Cup title in 1999 but missed the playoffs in his return 15 years after he was fired.“It’s nice to not have to make him wait for it,” Bishop said of Montgomery’s first win. “There’s a lot of firsts in here tonight. Monty’s obviously one of them. Hopefully we can get him a lot more.”Missing several injured forwards they figure to count on for scoring, the Coyotes outshot the Stars 30-25 but didn’t generate many good chances in the final period. Raanta stopped 22 shots.“It’s a new season. It feels way different,” Goligoski said. “Every year there’s new faces in here. I don’t think (last year’s start) is on anyone’s mind.”Bishop finished a season-opening shutout after getting injured when he was working on one in his Dallas debut last season. He had stopped all 19 shots for a 1-0 lead over Vegas when Bishop took a puck to the mask early in the third period and left the game. The Golden Knights rallied for a 2-1 win.“Can’t start thinking I’m feeling good because that’s like the worst thing you could probably think to yourself,” Bishop said. “Did a good job of clearing the front when there was a couple of ones that squeaked by.”NOTES: Stars D Stephen Jones started the season on injured reserve. He was dealing with headaches during the preseason. He says they might be related to concussions sustained last season. … Coyotes D Jordan Oesterle went to the locker room in the second period after a hard check from Tyler Pitlick but returned to the game. … Stars F Tyler Seguin was scoreless in his first game since signing a $78.8 million, eight-year contract extension.UP NEXTCoyotes: Home opener Saturday against Anaheim.Stars: Second of four straight home games to start season Saturday against Winnipeg. DETROIT (AP) — Patrick Kane scored two goals, including the game winner with 2:18 left in overtime Youth Matthew Tkachuk Jersey , extending his point streak to 19 games and lifting the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.Artem Anisimov, Brandon Saad and Alex DeBrincat scored for Chicago in the first period. The Blackhawks have won 10 of their last 12 games, scoring 60 goals in that span.Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou scored two goals each for the Red Wings, who rallied from a 4-1 third-period deficit to tie it.However, Erik Gustafsson found Kane alone to the right of the net in overtime, and the Chicago star beat goalie Jonathan Bernier for his 38th goal of the season.FLAMES 4, ISLANDERS 2CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Austin Czarnik and Johnny Gaudreau scored 29 seconds apart in the third period to lead Calgary.Mikael Backlund and Travis Hamonic also scored as Calgary won its third straight after a four-game skid. Mike Smith stopped 17 shots.Casey Cizikas and Anders Lee scored for the Islanders, who had tied it earlier in the third after trailing 2-0 following one period. Thomas Greiss finished with 28 saves in New York’s third regulation loss in 16 games.BRUINS 3, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2, SOLAS VEGAS (AP) — David Backes scored in the sixth round of a shootout to lift Bostontp its season-high seventh straight victory.Jake DeBrusk and Brad Marchand scored in regulation as the Bruins improved to 8-1-1 in the last 10 on the road — including wins in the first four games of a western trip. The win streak is their longest since a 12-game run in 2014. Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 shots.The Bruins, who are 9-0-3 in their last 12 overall Michael Frolik Jersey , haven’t lost in regulation since a 3-2 setback to the New York Rangers on Jan. 19.Reilly Smith and Nate Schmidt scored for Vegas, while Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 25 saves. Fleury has lost four in a row and seven of his last nine starts. He has allowed 19 goals in last five starts, and 28 in the nine-game span.DeBrusk scored for Boston in the first round of the shootout and William Karlsson tied it for Vegas in the second.AVALANCHE 7, JETS 1DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Calvert scored 11 seconds apart in the third period, Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves in another strong performance and Colorado won two in a row for the first time since late November.Carl Soderberg, Mikko Rantanen, Tyson Jost, Gabriel Landeskog and A.J. Greer also scored for the Avalanche. In addition, MacKinnon’s power-play goal snapped an 0-for-29 dry spell on the man advantage.The only score Varlamov allowed was to Kyle Connor with Colorado staked to a 4-0 lead.Connor Hellebuyck stopped 39 shots for the Jets, who lost to the Avalanche for the second time inside of a week.
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