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SUDDEN STARTER WINS

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BOSTON - Jonas Gustavsson didn't have a lot of time to plan for his first action of the season.

Gustavsson didn't find out until nearly game time that Detroit's No. 1 goaltender Jimmy Howard would be out with a catching hand injury. Then the backup stopped 28 shots Monday afternoon and led the Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Bruins.

"Maybe 15, 20 minutes before the game started," Gustavsson said. "It felt good. I was excited to play. It's always fun to go out and have your first game, especially when we have a chance to win."

Milan Lucic's 100th career goal sliced it to 3-2 with 1:20 to play. With Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask pulled for an extra skater, Boston had the puck in Detroit's zone for nearly all of the final 80 seconds.

Game highlights: Jason Pominville scored the winner in his return to Buffalo as the Wild beat Sabres 2-1. Buffalo is 0-6-1, tying the franchise record for longest winless streak to start a season. ... Joel Ward, Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer scored in a span of 3:55 of the second as the host Capitals snapped a three-game skid, beating the Oilers 4-2.

Biron waived: The Rangers waived goalie Martin Biron, who had been Henrik Lundqvist's backup since the 2010-11 season.

Red Wings 1 2 0 3 at Bruins 1 0 1 2

First-1, Detroit, Zetterberg 5 (Datsyuk), 11:33. 2, Boston, Eriksson 2 (Boychuk, R.Smith), 14:12. Penalties-Kindl, Det (interference), 15:54.

Second-3, Detroit, Weiss 2 (Franzen, Lashoff), 8:21. 4, Detroit, Cleary 1 (Alfredsson, Andersson), 10:41. Penalties-Lashoff, Det (cross-checking), 11:30; DeKeyser, Det (roughing), 19:29; Krejci, Bos (roughing), 19:29.

Third-5, Boston, Lucic 3 (Seidenberg, Krejci), 18:40. Penalties-Kronwall, Det (hooking), 4:49; Cleary, Det (tripping), 4:56; Alfredsson, Det (boarding), 14:02. Shots-Detroit 9-10-8-27. Boston 9-11-10-30. Power plays-Detroit 0 of 0; Boston 0 of 5. Goalies-Detroit, Gustavsson 1-0-0 (30 shots-28 saves). Boston, Rask 3-2-0 (27-24). A-17,565 (17,565). T-2:23.

at Capitals 1 3 0 4 Oilers 1 0 1 2

First-1, Edmonton, Gordon 4 (J.Schultz), 9:48. 2, Washington, Laich 1 (Oleksy), 13:41. Penalties-Chimera, Was (boarding), 19:19.

Second-3, Washington, Ward 1 (Backstrom, Ovechkin), 10:06 (pp). 4, Washington, Ovechkin 6 (Johansson, Backstrom), 13:18. 5, Washington, Brouwer 1 (Grabovski, Backstrom), 14:01 (pp). Penalties-Perron, Edm (roughing), 8:05; Brouwer, Was (roughing), 8:05; Smid, Edm (tripping), 9:47; Arcobello, Edm (high-sticking), 13:47; Urbom, Was (holding), 16:54.

Third-6, Edmonton, Acton 1 (Petry, Perron), 18:18. Penalties-Petry, Edm (hooking), 1:38; Brown, Edm (roughing), 12:19; Gazdic, Edm (roughing), 12:19; Ovechkin, Was (interference), 12:19; Green, Was (roughing), 12:19; Alzner, Was (roughing), 12:19. Shots-Edmonton 10-9-11-30. Washington 3-8-9-20. Power plays-Edmonton 0 of 3; Washington 2 of 3. Goalies-Edmonton, LaBarbera 1-1-0 (20 shots-16 saves). Washington, Holtby 1-3-0 (30-28). A-18,506 (18,506). T-2:27.

Wild 1 1 0 2 at Sabres 0 1 0 1

First-1, Minnesota, Brodziak 1 (Cooke, Brodin), 5:23. Penalties-Dumba, Min (interference), 5:40; Stoner, Min, major (fighting), 11:27; McCormick, Buf, major (fighting), 11:27; Heatley, Min (tripping), 12:13.

Second-2, Buffalo, Flynn 1 (Girgensons), 15:04. 3, Minnesota, Pominville 2 (Koivu, Spurgeon), 19:50 (pp). Penalties-Parise, Min (holding stick), 11:31; Stafford, Buf (hooking), 17:51.

Third-None. Penalties-Stoner, Min (roughing), 6:10; Tallinder, Buf (high-sticking), 9:58; Buffalo bench, served by Vanek (too many men), 12:56. Shots-Minnesota 6-8-6-20. Buffalo 5-12-6-23. Power plays-Minnesota 1 of 3; Buffalo 0 of 4. Goalies-Minnesota, Harding 3-1-0 (23 shots-22 saves). Buffalo, Enroth 0-2-1 (20-18). A-18,111 (19,070). T-2:34.

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