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CROSBY LEADS PENS OVER DUCKS IN OPENER

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PITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby scored twice and added an assist as the Penguins beat the Ducks 6-4 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.

Pascal Dupuis had a goal and three assists in his first game since tearing a knee ligament in December and the Penguins rolled to victory in coach Mike Johnston's debut.

"We have a lot of new faces," Crosby said. "You're always excited to play the first one, but especially with so many new faces, I think we used that energy to our advantage."

Corey Perry had a hat trick for the Ducks, who collapsed after erasing an early three-goal deficit to tie the score at 3. Goalie John Gibson struggled while making his first start in his hometown, stopping 33 of 39 shots.

"That was terrible," Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. "We didn't have an answer for them. They just completely outplayed us."

Around the league: Michael Cammalleri had two goals and goalie Cory Schneider won his first game since taking over full time for Martin Brodeur, leading the Devils to a season-opening 6-4 win over the host Flyers. Jaromir Jagr had two assists, giving him 1,757 for his career and moving him past Lightning GM Steve Yzerman for sole possession of sixth all time. Vinny Lecavalier scored for the Flyers, who start 0-2-0. ... Rangers and former Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle broke a hand in a 3-2 season-opening win over the host Blues and will miss four to six weeks. Rick Nash had two goals and an assist for New York.

Record viewership reported: Wednesday's Flyers-Bruins season opener on NBC Sports Network drew 956,000 viewers, making it the most-watched opening-night game on cable on record (data available since 1993) and the highest-rated regular-season game on the network, it said.

Flames: Center Sam Bennett, this year's fourth overall draft pick, needs shoulder surgery and will be out four to six months.

No outdoor game for Florida? Commissioner Gary Bettman said "there are probably still a couple places" where the league wouldn't try to hold an outdoor game. "I'm not sure South Florida ever gets cool enough with great predictability to ever do it," he said at a news conference before the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings opened their season against the Sharks on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He didn't specify whether the Tampa Bay area was in his definition of South Florida, but he followed that comment with a qualifier on game sites in general: "We've now figured out that we can push the limits a little bit."

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