Sharks win 4-0 at Kings in season opener

Sharks spoil Kings' Stanley Cup banner-raising, win 4-0 in season opener

Sharks win 4-0 at Kings in season opener

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The San Jose Sharks did not respect ceremony on Wednesday as they gate-crashed the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup banner raising and beat the hosts 4-0 on the opening day of the new NHL season.

In other results to kick-start the 2014-15 season, Boston scored late to win 2-1 at home against Philadelphia, Montreal netted even later to win a 4-3 thriller at Toronto and Vancouver won 4-2 at Calgary.

The Kings raised their 2013-14 championship banner to the Staples Center rafters in a pregame ceremony commemorating. It was a cruel reminder to the Sharks of last year's first round of the playoffs when they led Los Angeles 3-0 and then lost four straight as the Kings advanced.

San Jose exacted some measure of revenge, with Tommy Wingels scoring two goals and Patrick Marleau and Matt Nieto also finding the net while goaltender Antti Niemi made 34 saves in his 28th career shutout.

It is only the third time in 23 games that the Sharks have beaten the Kings.

Boston's Chris Kelly scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:51 left in the third period to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia.

Adam McQuaid's slap shot from the blue line was saved by Steve Mason and deflected into the air. The puck came down in the crease, and Kelly swiped it in.

Tuukka Rask made 21 saves and Reilly Smith also scored for Boston, which finished with the best record in the NHL last season but couldn't get past the second round of the playoffs.

Sean Couturier scored for Philadelphia.

Montreal's Tomas Plekanec banked a shot off Toronto defenseman Stuart Percy's skate with 43 seconds left to lift the Canadiens past the Maple Leafs 4-3.

Plekanec's second goal of the game came after Morgan Rielly had tied it for Toronto with 2:19 to play.

P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty also scored for Montreal while Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak added goals for Toronto.

Vancouver's new goalie Ryan Miller made 23 saves to help the Canucks win 4-2 at Calgary in their first game under new coach Willie Desjardins.

Zack Kassian scored for Vancouver to snap a 1-1 tie early in the second period, and Radim Vrbata made it a two-goal cushion at 11:07.

Alex Burrows also scored and captain Henrik Sedin added an empty-net goal for the Canucks, who extended their winning streak against Calgary to eight games in a row.

Paul Byron and Jiri Hudler had the goals for the Flames.

Updated : 2021-01-25 07:02 GMT+08:00