Bergeron scores 2 goals, Bruins beat Canadiens

Posted Sept. 22, 2010, at 11:26 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 23, 2010, at 4:32 p.m.

MONTREAL — Patrice Bergeron had two goals and newcomer Nathan Horton scored on his first shot, leading the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night in the exhibition opener for both teams.

Tyler Seguin, the No. 2 pick overall in the 2010 draft, also made his Boston debut. He assisted on Johnny Boychuk’s power-play goal 13:32 in.

Tuukka Rask stopped 36 shots.

Maxim Lapierre and Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal, which fell behind 4-0 early in the second.

Montreal goalie Carey Price made five saves before he was replaced midway through the game. Curtis Sanford stopped seven shots in relief.

Price fanned on Horton’s wrist shot from the right side 1:33 in, and was beaten on three of the Bruins’ first five shots, including Bergeron’s first goal of the game at 15:20.

Bergeron deked Price once again to score a short-handed goal on a breakaway 2:17 into the second.

Maple Leafs 4, Senators 1

TORONTO — Phil Kessel and Nikolai Kulemin had first-period power-play goals and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Wednesday night in exhibition play.

Luca Caputi and Mikhail Grabovski also scored for Toronto, which opened the preseason Tuesday night with a 5-0 loss to the Senators.

Nick Foligno scored for Ottawa, which sat out mainstays Jason Spezza, Chris Phillips and captain Daniel Alfredsson. Toronto played without Jean-Sebastien Giguere, captain Dion Phaneuf and Tomas Kaberle.

Lightning 4, Blackhawks 2

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Simon Gagne had a goal and two assists and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Stanley Cup champion Chicago 4-2 in an exhibition game Wednesday, spoiling the return of Winnipeg-native Blackhawks stars Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith.

Steven Stamkos, Blair Jones and Winnipeg-born forward Carter Ashton also scored for the Lightning (2-0) in front of a crowd of 14,092 at MTS Centre.

Toews and Sharp scored for Chicago in the Blackhawks’ preseason opener.

Penguins 5, Red Wings 1

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby gave Pittsburgh Penguins fans a goal, an assist and a scare in the first hockey game at Consol Energy Center.

Crosby sat out the third period because of a sore hip flexor and Pittsburgh beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Wednesday night in preseason play.

The injury is not expected to be serious.

“No, not at all,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. “Just sore and precautionary, and no need to push it past that.”

Crosby said he would not count himself out to play in the team’s next preseason game, at Columbus on Friday night, should Bylsma elect to dress him.

“I think I just might have tweaked it a bit,” Crosby said. “That’s nothing new this time of year for me. It usually takes a couple weeks to get comfortable and feel good. It’s noting that I’m too worried about.”

Red Wings power forward Johan Franzen left the game with 1:43 remaining in the first period after sustaining a leg injury on a hit by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. Orpik was given a major penalty for kneeing. Franzen missed 55 games last season because of a knee injury.

“We think more of his thigh, but we’ll get him checked out,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We hope he’d going to be fine.”

The game was not televised, so no one had seen a replay of the hit, yet players and coaches on both sides reserved comment on whether Orpik should be disciplined. Orpik was not available for comment.

Pittsburgh’s Mike Comrie scored the first goal in the new building, connecting at 1:21 of the first period. Ryan Craig had two goals, and Brett Sterling also scored for the Penguins. Ruslan Salei scored for Detroit.

Playing their first home game in Pittsburgh in the 44-year team history at a venue other than the Civic Arena, the Penguins beat the team they had met during two of the past three Stanley Cup Finals.

“The atmosphere was great,” Crosby said. “I think all the guys were really excited about being in this game and playing the first one here. It’s pretty easy to tell guys came here tonight ready to compete and do a lot of good things.”

With a sellout crowd of 18,087 and both teams using much of their “A” lineups, the $321 million arena opened with an almost regular-season intensity.

“It looks like a beautiful building, and I imagine it’s state of the art,” Babcock said. “Every new building in the league seems to outdo the one previous to it.”

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