Friday, October 14, 2016

Pumphrey makes NCAA top 10 rushing in San Diego State win

 Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 220 yards and two touchdowns, surpassing 1,000 yards for the season and moving into the NCAA Top 10 for his career, leading San Diego State to a 17-3 win over Fresno State on Friday night.
With his third 200-yard game of the season, Pumphrey now has 1,111 in six games to raise his career total to 5,383, passing LaDanian Tomlinson, Herschel Walker and Archie Griffin to move into eighth on the NCAA list.
A 2-yard Pumphrey run put the Aztecs (5-1, 2-0 Mountain West) up 10-0 at halftime, when he had 117 yards for his conference record 27th 100-yard game. His 13-yarder in the closing seconds of the third quarter closed the scoring as the Aztecs won at Fresno for the first time since 1997.
San Diego State had 292 yards on the ground and held the ball for almost 15 more minutes than the Bulldogs (1-6, 0-3), who had three turnovers.
Pumphrey is one TD behind Marshall Faulk's school record for touchdowns (62) and rushing touchdowns (57). His five 200-yard games ties the MWC career record.

McDavid has 3 points again as Oilers beat Flames 5-3

Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists for his second straight three-point game to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.
Leon Draisaitl had two goals and Jordan Eberle and Mark Letestu also scored to help the Oilers complete a sweep of the teams' season-opening home-and-home series. Cam Talbot finished with 32 saves.
Sean Monahan and Michael Frolik scored for the Flames, who fell to 0-5-1 in their last six home openers. Brian Elliottstopped 24 shots.
After scoring his third goal of the season in the first period, McDavid helped set up Eberle's tying goal in the second and Draisaitl's go-ahead score early in the third.
Tied 2-2, Monahan's penalty 42 seconds into the third period put the Oilers on the power play for the fourth time. McDavid began the tic-tac-toe sequence that went to Milan Lucic, then across the crease to Draisaitl.
About five minutes later, Dennis Wideman's turnover led to a short-handed breakaway for Letestu, who beat Elliott to make it 4-2.
Jokipakka scored into top corner off a feed from Kris Versteeg to get Calgary back within one with 7:44 to go. However, the Flames couldn't complete the comeback as Draisaitl added an empty-netter with 1:20 left.
Trailing 2-1 after a first period where they were outshot 24-12, Edmonton tied it 5:25 on the man advantage when Eberle knocked in a loose puck.
Calgary got on the scoreboard 1:22 in with Monahan putting in a second rebound after Deryk Engelland hit a goal post and Johnny Gaudreau was stopped.
McDavid tied it on his second breakaway of the period when he tore away from Mark Giordano and zipped a shot over Elliott's shoulder at 7:45.
Frolik restored the lead with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the first when his shot from the sideboards slipped past Talbot, who didn't appear to see it.
NOTES: Calgary's 24 shots in the first period were one off the franchise record for shots in a period, done twice before (1988, 2005). ... Calgary's only lineup change came on defense, inserting Jokipakka for Nicklas Grossmann. ... Edmonton made two changes with Eric Gryba replacing Brandon Davidson on the blue line andAnton Lander coming in for rookie Anton Slepyshev up front. ... The final two games in the season series are both in January.
UP NEXT
Oilers: Host Buffalo on Sunday night.
Flames: At Vancouver on Saturday night.

Predators score 3 power-play goals, open beating Chicago 3-2

 P.K. Subban gave a glimpse in his regular season debut of just how valuable he might be to the Nashville Predators.
Not only did the defenseman acquired in the offseason score the first goal of the season, he even arranged the order of the postgame interviews.
Subban sent Ryan Johansen with his three assists to speak in front of reporters and TV cameras followed by defensive partner Roman Josi. The defenseman finally stepped forward last to take questions himself after helping the Predators open the season by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Friday night.
"I wanted to get my feet under me, play hard and play physical and just try to do whatever the coaching staff asked me to do," said Subban, who was taken off the ice on a stretcher March 10 and didn't play another game last season.
Mike Fisher redirected Josi's shot late in the second period for the game-winning power-play goal as the Predators got all three goals with the man advantage. Josi had a power-play goal.
Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne stopped a flurry of shots with Chicago on the man advantage over the final 1:46 to preserve the win. He stopped 12 of 13 shots in the third to help Nashville improve to 4-1-1 over its last six season openers.
"It was a great win I mean, and we had to work for it till the end, a full 60 minutes," Rinne said. "I mean it was a great team win and what a great way to start the season and for our fans, too."
Marcus Kruger and Niklas Hjalmarsson scored for Chicago, which has lost its first two games this season playing with six rookies in the lineup. The Blackhawks have allowed six power-play goals in their first two games.
"Across the board we need to be better," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "We need to be better with the puck and the discipline as well. We certainly had some opportunities to generate some more."
Chicago won the season series between these Central Division rivals the past two seasons, including a 3-2 edge last season while finishing third in the Western Conference. Nashville finished fourth in the division and seventh in the West before beating Anaheim in seven games and losing to San Jose in another seven-game series.
But the Predators made a big move June 29, swapping captain Shea Weber to Montreal for another All-Star defenseman in Subban, who is known for his flair.
Subban scored on a slap shot that tied it 1-1, drawing an ovation from the standing room only crowd as he celebrated with his typical flourish. This time, though he celebrated by pretending to throw a lasso like a cowboy in a nod to his former Montreal teammate, goaltender Carey Price.
"I know Price is going to be proud of me," Subban said. "You know I just get fired up every now and then, just trying to express my emotions."
The Blackhawks, coming off a 5-2 loss to St. Louis in their season opener in Chicago on Wednesday night, came out with a purpose.
Kruger tapped the puck into an empty net after Rinne was pulled to the side stopping defenseman Ryan Hartman's rush just 2:39 into the game. The Blackhawks answered Subban's goal when Hjalmarsson scored off the far post past a screened Rinne midway through the period for a 2-1 lead.
Nashville tied it on Josi's power-play goal at 16:33 of the first and took its first lead at 16:36 of the second when Fisher tipped in Josi's shot from the point. The winning goal came with Artem Anisimov in the penalty box for delay of game after clearing the puck over the glass.
Subban showed off his defensive skills as the 2013 Norris Trophy winner, helping protect the lead by breaking up a pass from Nick Schmaltz to Chicago captain Jonathan Toews.
Notes: The Predators are 10-7-1 in season openers all-time and 10-6-2 at home. ... Hartman played only 1:56 of the first period and didn't return. ... Predators D Anthony Bitetto fought with former Nashville F Jordin Tootooin the second period and suffered an upper-body injury.
UP NEXT
Blackhawks: Hosting Predators on Saturday night.
Predators: Visiting Chicago on Saturday night.

Henderson TDs lead Memphis past Tulane 24-14.

Darrell Henderson had two long touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, to lead Memphis to a 24-14 victory over Tulane on Friday night.
Henderson turned a screen pass from Riley Ferguson into a 46-yard scoring play late in the first half to give the Tigers (5-1, 2-0 American) a 13-7 lead. Early in the fourth quarter he went off right tackle and cut to the sideline for a 45-yard run that made it 24-7.
Jake Elliott, who became the Tigers' career scoring leader a week ago, kicked three field goals and made his 171st extra point without a miss, the longest active streak in FBS. He has 381 points, and has 10 field goals from 50-plus yards on 14 attempts.
Phil Mayhue caught a pass in his 22nd straight game, moving into a four-way tie, which includes former NFL great Isaac Bruce, for seventh on the Memphis list.
Glen Cuiellette's 20-yard TD pass to Kendall Ardoin put the Green Wave (3-3, 0-2) ahead 7-3 but his pass was picked off at the Memphis 1 with 5:59 to play, one of three Tulane turnovers.

No. 7 Louisville outlasts Duke, 24-14

 Louisville's lopsided victories had raised expectations so high for the No. 7 Cardinals that a close victory seemed unlikely against an outmatched opponent.
But a second straight defeat looked possible against Duke on Friday night until a late penalty by the Blue Devils allowed quarterback Lamar Jackson to seal a shaky win for the Cardinals.
Jackson provided a cushion with a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:32 remaining and Louisville held off Duke 24-14, and the outcome was all that mattered to the Cardinals.
"We didn't blow them out, but we did win the game," said Louisville coach Bobby Petrino, whose team had averaged a nation-leading 58 points coming in.
The Cardinals caught a break after Evan O'Hara's 46-yard field goal missed wide left as Duke's Breon Borders was called for roughing the kicker. The penalty moved the ball to the 14 and Jackson did the rest with a 12-yard run followed by the short score that Louisville (5-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) sorely needed.
"I wasn't going to let my team down," the Heisman Trophy contender said. "We were going down there to score."
Jackson accounted for 325 yards of offense and two touchdowns, hitting Jaylen Smith with a 5-yard scoring pass on the opening drive. Jeremy Smith added an 80-yard TD run in the third quarter, and O'Hara kicked a 22-yard field goal as the Cardinals came off the bye and earned the program's 500th victory.
Duke (3-4, 0-3) remained winless in ACC play but gave Louisville more than it expected.
The Cardinals sought a big bounce back after losing at Clemson, especially with a week off. The Cardinals' offense certainly looked refreshed from the break as they drove 80 yards in 10 plays with Jackson's TD pass capping the drive.
Duke wasn't fazed and answered quickly as Daniel Jones hit Erich Schneider for a 9-yard TD to tie it and trail just 10-7 at the half. The Blue Devils later closed within three as Jones hit a 20-yard TD pass to Johnathan Lloyd with 6:34 remaining to cap a 15-play, 75-yard drive that consumed 8:53.
"I believed our guys had confidence they could win," said Duke coach David Cutcliffe, whose team controlled the clock for 37:12. "I don't think it surprised anyone that we scored early and matched a team like that."
Duke seemed poised to take one final clock-chewing crack at beating Louisville until the penalty quashed that hope. Jackson then took control for Louisville - as usual.
POLL IMPLICATIONS
The Cardinals might lose some position after escaping with a close win despite being 35-point favorites. Petrino chose to focus on the bottom line and said, "our objective is to go win, keep ourselves in (playoff consideration), and I think we did that. We've just got to go play better."
THE TAKEAWAY
Duke: The Blue Devils weren't intimidated by Jackson or the Cardinals. Jones was 14 of 21 passing for 129 yards including a 51-yarder. Jela Duncan returned from a leg injury to rush for 44 yards on 12 carries. But they managed just two scoring drives despite controlling the clock and committed a costly penalty that could have provided one last shot to win.
Louisville: The Cardinals never trailed and outgained Duke 469-239 but never seemed in full control. Two chances to gain breathing room in the third quarter ended with Brandon Radcliffe fumbling on one possession and O'Hara's missing from 42 yards on the next.
"We lost our focus," Jackson said. "We were driving the ball, hit a hump. (We'll) watch film and get everything fixed. We were down there several times; we've got to get it right.
Jackson seemed off on some throws but offset that with his speed and nifty footwork on several key fourth-quarter runs including their final drive. He completed 13 of 26 passes for 181 yards and rushed 21 times for 144. He is responsible for 30 touchdowns, 15 each passing and rushing.
UP NEXT
Duke: The Blue Devils will have a bye before traveling to Georgia Tech on Oct. 29.
Louisville: The Cardinals host North Carolina State next Saturday.

Stars win 4-2 over Ducks in opener matching division champs

Adam Cracknell is one of the newcomers for the Dallas Stars, he knew Antoine Rousselwanted the puck.
Roussel scored the tie-breaking goal on the next shift, and only 22 seconds after Andrew Cogliano's second goal for Anaheim had tied the season opener early in the third period, and Dallas went on to a 4-2 victory over the Ducks on Thursday night.
"Rous made a good yell, I knew he was backdoor, and I just whacked it over there, and he's a guy that's going to work hard for that puck," Cracknell said. "And he puts it in ... and we get that lead right back."
Cracknell later scored a goal that included a secondary assist from Roussel on the Stars' third line.
"If you look at the scoresheet tonight, it was some of their foot soldiers," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said.
Lauri Korpikoski, another newcomer, and Stephen Johns also scored for the Stars, and Antti Niemen stopped 33 shots - 16 in a strange first period.
"Antti was excellent," coach Lindy Ruff said. "That first period, we had some bad decisions, gave up some odd-numbered rushes, made some uncommon bad decisions, gave up three 2-on-1s where he made real good saves."
Anaheim finished the first period with a 17-1 shots on goal advantage, and spent 8 minutes on the power play. But the game was tied 1-1 with Johns scoring on Dallas' only shot before Cogliano had a short-handed goal.
"They came out flying. I think we were just a little too wound up, all pretty juiced up and excited," Johns said. "In the second and third, we settled down and played our system and got back to the way we know how to play."
Cogliano had a breakaway after an open-ice turnover by Jason Spezza, and scored on the rebound after his initial shot ricocheted off Niemi.
"I got lucky. ... I kind of knew he wanted to go across the ice, I got a stick on it and made a shot and was able to pick up the rebound," Cogliano said.
Ducks goalie John Gibson had 16 saves in the opener matching the Western Conference's two defending division champions.
The Stars had a conference-high 109 points while winning the Central Division before losing in the second round of the playoffs to the St. Louis Blues. Anaheim was the Pacific Division champs, but went back to a familiar coach after being ousted in the first round by Nashville.
Carlyle, who led the Ducks to their only Stanley Cup title in 2007, replaced Bruce Boudreau nearly five years after being fired.
"They scored three goals right from in tight. So we were lax on that coverage. And we were 0 for 5 on our power play," Carlyle said after his first game back. "These are the frustrating ones, when you work hard and you do the things that can give yourself a chance, and then you're lax in the area where you can't be lax."
NOTES: The Stars are sticking with their two-goalie system. Niemi got the starting nod in the opener over Kari Lehtonen. Before the Stars lost in the second round of the playoffs to the St. Louis Blues, both won 25 games last regular season. ... On the helmets of Stars players were decals representing the badges of five officers slain in downtown Dallas this summer. Family members of two of the officers participated in the pregame ceremonial puck drop. The arena is only a few blocks from where the officers were shot by a lone gunman on July 7. ... Korpikoski just joined the Stars on Monday, when the eight-year NHL veteran signed a $1 million, one-year contract after being released from his professional tryout with the Calgary Flames. ... The Stars started the season with forwards Ales Hemsky (groin), Cody Eakin (knee) and Mattias Janmark (knee) on injured reserve.
UP NEXT
Ducks: Continue their season-opening five-game road trip at Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Stars: Play at Colorado on Saturday night.

Rivers leads Chargers to 21-13 victory against Broncos

Music blared louder than normal in the San Diego Chargers' locker room, and there was a sense of relief Thursday night after a victory over the Denver Broncos.
The Chargers had actually finished.
Philip Rivers threw for 178 yards and one touchdown, passing Hall of Famer Dan Fouts to become San Diego's career passing leader, and the Chargers held off the Broncos 21-13.
The victory may have saved embattled coach Mike McCoy's job .
The Chargers (2-4) were coming off a mistake-filled loss at Oakland, and earlier in the season lost three games in which they led at the 2-minute warning. There has been increasing fan discontent with the conservative McCoy, and the Chargers are trying to convince voters to approve a $1.1 billion public handout for a new downtown stadium in the form of an increase in the hotel occupancy tax.
"There is nothing like winning," a misty-eyed McCoy said. "Especially beating a good football team in front of are home fans. It was great."
The victory "meant a ton for Mike," Rivers said. "It wasn't talked about a lot on the team but veteran players ... I felt it. Not that I expected it if it didn't go well. I had no idea but you also you are not playing dumb. We knew we had to get this thing going in a hurry."
The Broncos had the ball in the final seconds, but the Chargers - who had two turnovers on special teams -held.
"You can't take winning for granted in this league," defensive end Corey Liuget said. "When I saw it said 0:00 and that guy didn't catch that ball, I was happy as hell. I got on my damn knee and said, `Thank you Lord. It's over now.'"
What changed from those brutal losses, when the Chargers blew late leads?
"It was a mindset for us to go out there and finish, and everyone knew we were going to finish this game," Li
The defending Super Bowl champion Broncos were coached by special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis after Gary Kubiak was ordered by doctors to sit this one out because of a migraine condition that mimics strokes.
"You have to give them credit," DeCamillis said. "We know it would be a tough game because they have played a lot of close games and not won."
The five-time defending AFC West champion Broncos (4-2) were mostly sluggish behind Trevor Siemian, who was back at quarterback after rookie Paxton Lynch struggled in a loss to Atlanta. They lost their second straight game and had their NFL-record 15 straight divisional road victories snapped.
The Chargers snapped their streak of 10 straight divisional losses dating to 2014.
Rivers, in his 13th season with the Chargers and 11th as starter, has 43,094 career yards passing. Fouts threw for 43,040 yards in 15 seasons with the Bolts.
Rivers threw a 5-yard scoring pass to rookie tight end Hunter Henry to cap the game's first possession. Rivers finished 18 of 29.
Otherwise, the Chargers had to settle for Lambo's career-high four field goals, of 37, 21, 31 and 32 yards.
LATE-FIRING BRONCOS: Denver didn't get across the 50 on its own accord until there were just 2 minutes left in the third quarter. Denver's first score came after a punt bounced off San Diego's Travis Benjamin and the Broncos recovered at the San Diego 11. The refs initially ruled that the Broncos downed the punt, but Denver challenged and got the ball. Brandon McManus kicked a 29-yard field goal.
Siemian was 30 of 50 for 230 yards, with a 5-yard scoring pass to Bennie Fowler midway through the fourth quarter.
McManus kicked a 46-yard field goal with 27 seconds left, and Denver recovered the onside kick at its 46. It got to the San Diego 45 with eight seconds to go before Siemian's desperation pass was batted down by Dexter McCoil.
DEFENSIVE STAND: The Broncos were threatening at the San Diego 20 with less than 5 minutes to go. But on consecutive plays they were whistled for holding, Siemian was sacked by rookie Jatavis Brown and San Diego's Craig Mager recovered a fumble by Demaryius Thomas.
RIVERBOAT MIKE: McCoy went for it on fourth-and-1 from the Denver 20 early in the second half, withMelvin Gordon going over the top for a 1-yard gain. Rivers misfired on two straight passes and was flushed on third down, forcing the Chargers to settle for Lambo's 37-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead. McCoy improved to 25-31 overall in four seasons.
NEW HOLDER: Veteran backup quarterback Kellen Clemens took over as holder for the Chargers after rookieDrew Kaser's misadventure at Oakland on Sunday. Kaser mishandled the snap on a potential tying field goal with 2:07 left in the 34-31 loss. Kaser, who also shanked a punt, kept his job as punter but lost his job as holder.
ANTHEM WATCH: Chargers players Joe BarksdaleD.J. FlukerChris HairstonJoshua Perry and Tyreek Burwell held up their right fists during the national anthem.
INJURIES: The Broncos said T Russell Okung was taken to a hospital with concussion-like symptoms. ... Chargers rookie DE Joey Bosa was having his right hand worked on by the trainers after Denver's first drive. He was back in for the next Broncos possession. ... Broncos WR Cody Latimer left with a concussion in the second quarter. ... Gordon limped off the field early in the fourth quarter. He had his right ankle taped and returned on San Diego's next possession.

Mark Scheifele scores in OT, Jets beat Hurricanes 5-4

Patrik Laine's first NHL goal was special in many ways.
It came on the power play. His parents from Finland were in the stands. It drew a roar from Winnipeg Jets fans like none he'd heard before.
And, more importantly, it helped the Jets come back from a 4-1 third-period deficit to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 in overtime Thursday night.
Mark Scheifele scored the winner at 2:41 of overtime, taking a pass from captain Blake Wheeler. The puck went high past goalie Cam Ward.
Mathieu Perreault had tied it at 4 with 1:29 left in regulation with an extra attacker, with Laine assisted on the score.
The 18-year-old Laine said it wasn't really a relief to get his first NHL goal, which made it 4-3 at 13:33 after Wheeler had scored short-handed.
"I was happy with my game before the goal," said Laine, the No. 2 overall pick this year. "I think I played pretty well in all of the zones, but it was nice to get the goal and the assist at the end of that third period."
Many eyes were on Laine prior to the game after this first overall pick Auston Matthews scored four goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs in his debut Wednesday.
"He's playing his game and his career," Laine said. "I don't want to match my game to his. He can score 20 goals in a game, I don't care. It's good for him. I'm just going to help my team to win with my things."
Hobey Baker award finalist Kyle Connor, who was also making his regular-season debut, assisted on Laine's goal. Shawn Matthias also scored.
"A young team gets down 4-1, very, very few of them come back," Jets coach Paul Maurice said.
Jeff Skinner and Lee Stempniak each had a goal and add an assist for Carolina. Jordan Staal and Victor Raskalso scored for the Hurricanes.
Skinner wasn't happy with the run-and-gun style of play.
"For the fans it's exciting," Skinner said. "If you win that way, it's nice. But it's not fun to lose that way. When you get a 4-1 lead like that you definitely don't want to play that way. They've got some guys with some skill who can hurt you when you open it up like that."
Connor Helleybuyck made 23 saves for Winnipeg, and Ward stopped 21 shots.
NOTES: Winnipeg center Bryan Little collided with Carolina forward Bryan Bickell midway through the first period. Little hobbled off the ice favoring a leg and didn't return to the game. ... The Jets had a two-man advantage for 1:49 in the opening period, producing shots that went off the post and one off the crossbar.
UP NEXT
Hurricanes: Carolina moves on to Vancouver on Sunday night for the second game in of a season-opening, six-game trip. The Hurricanes also will visit Edmonton, Calgary, Philadelphia and Detroit.
Jets: Winnipeg will play at Minnesota on Saturday night.

Yakupov provides offensive spark as Blues beat Wild 3-2

 Nail Yakupov and Magnus Paajarvi are reunited and it feels so good.
Yakupov had a goal and an assist and Jake Allen made several big saves as the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Thursday night.
Alexander Steen and Paajarvi also scored for St. Louis.Patrik Berglund had two assists and Allen made 18 saves for the Blues, who have won four of their past five home openers.
Ryan Suter and Charlie Coyle scored for the Wild, who were 4-0-1 in their previous five season openers.
St. Louis acquired Yakupov, a former first overall draft pick by Edmonton in 2012, from the Oilers in a trade on Oct. 7. Placed on a line with Paajarvi, whom he played with in Edmonton, and Berglund, they totaled five points against the Wild.
"I was nervous a little bit, the first time to play in this building with a new team, it does add a little pressure," Yakupov said. "But I think we did pretty good as a line, had a good couple of shifts and got our legs going."
Yakupov put the Blues ahead 2-1 on his first career slap shot goal at 12:36 of the second. The shot went offDevan Dubnyk's glove and floated over his shoulder into the net.
"He's got a great wrister, but obviously the slapper was a good one today," Paajarvi said. "He's quick and his shot is quick."
Dubnyk didn't see the shot off the blade.
"It was right at my ear so I caught a pretty good piece of it and anytime you get a piece of something you would like to have a little bit more of it," Dubnyk said. "I was happy with where I was on the play and next time I'll catch it."
Yakupov found Paajarvi as the last man on a 3-on-2 rush to give the Blues a 3-1 lead early in the third.
"I had a decision where I'm going to shoot or I have to find a seam," Yakupov said. "I think I made a really good decision to pass to Maggy. Sometimes you have to take risks to make a new step."
Steen's goal came off an unintended assist by Robby Fabbri, who had lost control of the puck while making a move to the net. Steen snapped the loose puck past Dubnyk to give the Blues a 1-0 lead.
The Blues outshot the Wild 14-2 in the first period, but Allen came up big on the Wild's first shot of the game making a pad save on a short-handed partial break by Jason Zucker just over eight minutes into the game.
"Some moments where I didn't have shots for 10 minutes and then I get a break away, but that's my job to be ready when they come after me," said Allen, who was playing in his first home opener.
Suter drew the Wild even three minutes into the second period. A turnover by Kevin Shattenkirk allowed Suter to break in and after Allen made the initial save he was able to bury the rebound.
Allen kept the game even robbing Eric Staal on a breakaway seven minutes into the second period. Allen came up big five minutes later when Staal found Zach Parise alone in the slot on a 2-on-1.
Dubnyk had 28 saves.
NOTES: Blues F Jaden Schwartz (elbow) missed his second game. ... Blues associate coach Mike Yeo went 173-132-44 as the Wild's head coach from 2011 until last February. ... Blues assistant coach Rick Wilson was an assistant with Minnesota from 2010 through the end of last season. ... Wild assistant coach Scott Stevens played for the Blues in the 1990-91 season. ... The Blues are celebrating their 50th season and five members of their inaugural team - Fred Hucul, Bill McCreary, Norm Beaudin, Larry Keenan and Bob Plager - took part in the pregame ceremony.
UP NEXT:
Wild: Have their home opener against Winnipeg on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Blues: Host the New York Rangers on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Penguins begin title defense with 3-2 win over Capitals

 Marc-Andre Fleury spent the better part of the Pittsburgh Penguins push to a fourth Stanley Cup watching from the bench while rookie Matt Murraybackstopped the franchise to a title.
Yet rather than trade the winningest goaltender in team history in the offseason, the Penguins hung onto him, confident they could find a way to make their two-goalie tandem work.
Maybe they're right.
With Murray out with a broken hand, Fleury made 39 saves in regulation and overtime then stuffed Washington star Alexander Ovechkin in the fourth round of a shootout as the Penguins edged the Capitals 3-2 in the season opener on Thursday night.
Fleury had a chance to end things after three rounds but let Nicklas Backstrom slip the puck past him and extend the game. Pittsburgh's Phil Kessel then beat Braden Holtby with a wrist shot initially ruled no goal before being overturned on replay and Fleury stuffed Ovechkin to help the Penguins improve to 5-0 all-time against Washington in openers.
"I didn't finish it out, so I was a little mad," Fleury said. "It was nice to see (Kessel) put that in and I had a chance to redeem myself and finish it out."
Patric Hornqvist and Evgeni Malkin scored as the Penguins capped a celebratory night in which they lifted their latest Stanley Cup banner to the rafters during an electric pregame ceremony by tripping up one of their biggest rivals.
"It felt like a midseason game where you're in position and you pull one of those great wins off," Hornqvist said.
Andre Burakovsky scored twice for Washington and Holtby made 28 stops but allowed three goals in the shootout.
"Obviously they have a lot of energy coming off the ceremony and we've been waiting to play some meaningful games for a while here," said Holtby, who won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender last season. "Two good teams and it always ends up in a pretty good game against them."
The Penguins began their 50th year with one final nod to their 49th, as Sidney Crosby carried the Stanley Cup onto the ice one last time and placed it on a table at center ice before joining his teammates to watch the banner slowly raised to join others the organization earned in 1991, 1992 and 2009.
No team has repeated since the Detroit Red Wings did it nearly 20 years ago, and Pittsburgh will begin its second defense of the Crosby-era without their captain, who is out indefinitely while dealing with a concussion. Considering the slog the six-month, 82-game regular season provides, there's no sense of urgency for Crosby to return. The two-time MVP and Conn Smythe winner of last year's playoffs he is skating with his teammates and described himself as "day to day."
The Capitals began the season where they ended their last following a six-game loss to Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference semifinals. It was another bitter setback that took some of the shine off winning the President's Trophy for having the best record in the league.
Washington stayed in its dressing room while Pittsburgh threw one last bash with the Cup and Burakovsky wasted little time providing a buzzkill to the yellow glow-stick waving crowd. He finished an end-to-end rush by taking a feed from Nicklas Backstrom and beating Fleury between the legs just 59 seconds into the game.
Hornqvist's power-play tip-in 8:47 into the second tied it and Malkin put the Penguins in front when a Washington giveaway and a setup pass from Conor Sheary allowed Malkin to deke his way by Holtby, the puck smacking off the post then off Holtby's left pad and into the net.
Burakovsky's second 6:13 into the third tied it and set up another taut finish, fitting considering five of their six playoff meetings were decided by a goal.
"I swear we had six chances to put the puck in the back of the net 3-on-3, so give full marks to Fleury," Washington coach Barry Trotz said.
NOTES: Pittsburgh improved to 95-49-18 in 162 regular-season games without Crosby in the lineup, including 53-19-9 at home. ... Pittsburgh went 1 for 2 on the power play. The Capitals were 0 for 3.
UP NEXT
Washington: hosts New York Islanders in home opener on Saturday.
Pittsburgh: welcomes Anaheim on Saturday night.

Barkov wins it in OT, Florida tops New Jersey 2-1 in opener

The Florida Panthers all took the ice for warmups wearing No. 16 jerseys with "Fernandez" on the back, a tribute to late Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.
How fitting, then, that the Panthers' real No. 16 got the game-winner in overtime.
Aleksander Barkov scored 2:48 into the extra session, and the Panthers topped the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
"You can tell that something's been going on," Panthers defenseman Michael Matheson said, "especially now that No. 16 gets the overtime winner."
Matheson set up the winner, knocking New Jersey's Damon Severson off the puck behind the net, then spinning and finding Barkov alone in the right circle. Barkov one-timed the puck past Cory Schneider, and the Panthers spilled onto the ice in celebration.
"He was my favorite baseball player," Barkov said of Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident last month. "I don't really watch baseball, but I knew him, I knew he was playing in Miami and it was a big loss for all of South Florida and for all of America."
Roberto Luongo stopped 23 shots for Florida, the last two of those coming in the final 2 minutes of regulation. Schneider stopped 32 shots for the Devils, including all 16 he faced in the third period.
"They came at us pretty hard in the third but we got a point," Schneider said. "A couple breakdowns in the overtime and they put it in."
P.A. Parenteau, claimed off waivers from the New York Islanders earlier this week, scored for the Devils.Jonathan Marchessault got the scoring for the night started for Florida.
And without Luongo's heroics late, Panthers fans wouldn't have gone home happy.
He stopped Taylor Hall's one-timer from the low slot as a mass of bodies swarmed his crease, then got his glove out just far enough to grab Andy Greene's slap shot from the left point with 29.9 seconds remaining.
Florida controlled play in the OT, and got its first home overtime win since March 30, 2013 - also against New Jersey.
"That's my fault there," Severson said of the final play against Matheson. "I got the puck in the corner, won the battle, and I tried to go behind the net. I heard reverse. I knew we had tired guys out there and I didn't want to just throw it away. I ended up tripping up on the skate and there was a back-door play there. Tough play to end the game."
The Devils went to the Stanley Cup final in 2012 and haven't seen the postseason since, in a rebuilding place where Florida seemed to be perpetually stuck until the last couple seasons. The Panthers won the Atlantic Division last season and - even without injured forwards Nick Bjugstad and Jonathan Huberdeau to start the season - think they have enough to contend for a title.
"We start a new era of the Florida Panthers this year," Panthers owner Vincent Viola said before the game. "You'll see new uniforms on the team, you're going to see a whole bunch of new faces on the ice ... and there's only one purpose and one mission - to win the Stanley Cup."
The first two goals of the night bounced off Devils skaters.
Florida opened the scoring midway through the first when Marchessault's shot was saved by Schneider, who actually knocked the puck into defenseman Ben Lovejoy and watched it ricochet into the net. New Jersey tied it in the final minute of the period, when Yohann Auvitu's shot from the right point was deflected by a leaping Parenteau.
That was it, until Barkov's dramatic winner.
"Unbelievable," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said.
NOTES: The Panthers presented a $35,000 check to Fernandez's foundation in a pregame ceremony. ... It was Jaromir Jagr's 23rd NHL opening night. His teams are now 16-5-2 in those, with 11 wins in the last 12. ... Devils center Travis Zajac played in his 700th regular-season game. ... The Panthers' Atlantic title banner from last season hangs from the rafters on the same end of the rink as their bench.
UP NEXT
Devils: Visit Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Panthers: Host Detroit on Saturday.