Daniel Briere scored the only goal in a shootout and Ryan Miller stopped Carolina cold to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 victory over the Stanley Cup-champion Hurricanes on Wednesday in a season-opening rematch of last year's Eastern Conference finals.
Jason Pominville and Chris Drury each had goals during regulation for the Sabres, who claimed they were motivated all offseason by their Game 7 loss to Carolina.
Miller made 32 saves in regulation and overtime and then came up big in the shootout. Carolina's Ray Whitney missed the net on the first attempt, before Miller stopped Eric Staal with his stick on the second. He then blocked Erik Cole's weak attempt on the third.
Cam Ward stopped 30 shots, and Staal and Cole had goals for the Hurricanes, who held one final pregame party with the Stanley Cup before they began defending their title.
Senators 4, Maple Leafs 1
At Toronto, Martin Gerber made 33 saves, and Ottawa beat Toronto in the season opener.
Patrick Eaves, Chris Neil, Cristoph Schubert and Daniel Alfredsson scored for the Senators. Ottawa has outscored Toronto 44-20 in winning eight of nine from the Leafs.
Mats Sundin scored on a breakaway for the Leafs, who are entering their 40th season since they last won the Stanley Cup.
The provincial rivals will meet again in Ottawa on Thursday night.
Before the game, the Maple Leafs honored former greats Borje Salming, Red Kelly and Hap Day by raising their numbers to the rafters.
Stars 3, Avalanche 2, OT
At Denver, Darryl Sydor came out of the penalty box to take a pass from goaltender Marty Turco and score the winning goal at 2:07 of overtime as Dallas beat Colorado to extend its season-opening unbeaten streak to 10 years.
The Stars' 7-0-3 mark since 1995 is the fourth-longest unbeaten opening-night streak in NHL history. Colorado still owns the NHL's best opening-night record at 15-6-6.
The Stars tied it 2-2 in the third on goals 28 seconds apart by Mike Modano and Loui Eriksson.
Colorado's Joe Sakic scored on a 5-on-3 power play at 11:54 of the first period. Forty-six seconds later, Wojtek Wolski scored for a 2-0 lead.