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Challenge helps Sens in victory

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Kyle Turris scored twice and the Senators won a coach's challenge to overturn a goal in the third period to hang on for a 3-1 victory over the Sabres in the teams' season opener Thursday.

The outcome was essentially decided with 9:26 remaining, when Buffalo's Evander Kane scored on a wraparound that would have tied the score at 2. Senators coach Dave Cameron challenged the goal, and a video review showed Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons was offside when Buffalo entered the zone.

Kane's disallowed goal came 83 seconds after Sabres 18-year-old rookie center Jack Eichel, the second overall pick in June's draft, scored a power-play goal in his NHL debut to get the sold-out crowd on its feet.

Sabres goalie Robin Lehner left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury after stretching to make a save. He was being evaluated, coach Dan Bylsma said.

The Lightning plays the Sabres on Saturday.

Game highlights: Chris Thorburn and Nicolas Petan scored in the third period after the host Bruins came within one goal, and the Jets opened with a 6-2 victory. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara missed the opener because he's not ready to return after an upper-body injury.

Around the league: Sharks forward Raffi Torres apologized to the Ducks' Jakob Silfverberg and the Sharks for his hit on the wing that got him suspended for 41 games. "I am disappointed I have put myself in a position to be suspended again," Torres said in a statement. His fifth career suspension is the second-longest in league history. San Jose general manager Doug Wilson said in a separate statement there is no place in the game for Torres' hit and the team supports the NHL's decision.

Senators 1 1 1 3
Sabres 0 0 1 1

First1, Ott, Turris 1 (Hoffman, Stone), :30. PenaltiesNone.

Second2, Ott, Turris 2 (Hoffman, Stone), 10:49. PenaltiesPageau, Ott (hooking), 15:46.

Third3, Buf, Eichel 1 (Foligno, Kane), 9:11 (pp). 4, Ott, Lazar 1 (Zibanejad, Ryan), 18:56 (en). PenaltiesWiercioch, Ott (hooking), 7:45; Ryan, Ott (hooking), 13:50. Shots on GoalOtt 7-11-4—22. Buf 6-7-14—27. PP opportunitiesOtt 0 of 0; Buf 1 of 3. GoaliesOtt, Anderson 1-0-0 (27 shots-26 saves). Buf, Lehner 0-1-0 (12-11), Johnson (7:30 second, 9-8).

Jets 0 3 3 6
Bruins 1 0 1 2

First1, Bos, Krejci 1, 5:36. PenaltiesLowry, Wpg (tripping), 1:54; Burmistrov, Wpg (illegal check to head minor), 19:23; Lowry, Wpg (roughing), 19:23; Bergeron, Bos (roughing), 19:23.

Second2, Wpg, Scheifele 1 (Byfuglien), 5:26. 3, Wpg, Wheeler 1 (Ladd), 9:17. 4, Wpg, Stafford 1 (Lowry, Chiarot), 17:39. PenaltiesNone.

Third5, Bos, Pastrnak 1 (Beleskey, K.Miller), 1:25. 6, Wpg, Thorburn 1 (Stafford, Burmistrov), 5:17. 7, Wpg, Petan 1 (Copp, Stuart), 9:51. 8, Wpg, Burmistrov 1, 16:22 (en). PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalWpg 6-11-15—32. Bos 14-10-7—31. PP opportunitiesWpg 0 of 0; Bos 0 of 2. GoaliesWpg, Pavelec 1-0-0 (31 shots-29 saves). Bos, Rask 0-1-0 (31-26).

Predators 2 0 0 2
Hurricanes 0 0 1 1

First1, Nash, C.Smith 1 (Ellis, Jones), 2:23 (pp). 2, Nash, Arvidsson 1 (Jarnkrok, Jones), 17:03. PenaltiesJ.Staal, Car (high-sticking), :57; Josi, Nas (cross-checking), 17:27.

SecondNone. PenaltiesSkinner, Car (holding stick), 7:52.

Third3, Car, Rask 1 (E.Staal, Faulk), 18:20. PenaltiesJosi, Nas (delay of game), 1:53; Nash, Car (face-off violation), 4:39; Arvidsson, Nas (slashing), 11:22. Shots on GoalCar 5-9-12—26. Nash 14-8-3—25. Power-play opportunitiesCar 0 of 3; Nash 1 of 3. GoaliesCar, Ward 0-1-0 (25 shots-23 saves). Nash, Rinne 1-0-0 (26-25).

Challenge helps Sens in victory 10/08/15 [Last modified: Thursday, October 8, 2015 11:15pm]
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