Bruins start fast, open by beating Rangers, 5-3


BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins opened their season with a surprising flurry of goals, and survived a second period New York comeback for a 5-3 victory over the Rangers last night.

The Bruins had scored just 18 goals in their eight exhibition games, all played without Cam Neely, who scored 51 last season. He's sidelined at least through December with a thigh injury.

Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 3

MONTREAL -- Montreal captain Guy Carbonneau scored a key third-period goal as the Canadiens opened a milestone season with a victory over Toronto.

The NHL's two oldest clubs wore replicas of their uniforms from the inaugural 1917-18 season for the opening of the league's

75th season.

Red Wings 3, Blackhawks 3


CHICAGO -- Michel Goulet scored twice and Jimmy Waite, playing for the unsigned Ed Belfour, stopped 25 shots as Chicago battled Detroit to a tie in their season opener.

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