October 11, 2010
After Tuukka Rask(notes) surrendered four goals in the Bruins' season opener, Thomas made a statement with a 29-save shutout over the Phoenix Coyotes, as Boston split its Prague series with a 3-0 win. The defense played well in front of Thomas, limiting the Coyotes to 16 shots through two periods, but he shut the door when necessary. Plus, he picked up a helper on Tyler Seguin's(notes) first NHL goal.
Khabibulin stymied the Florida Panthers in the first period, when they outshot host Edmonton 11-3, and backstopped the Oilers to a 3-2 victory with a 26-save performance. Edmonton managed just 13 shots in front of him, but Shawn Horcoff's(notes) controversial goal in the second period provided the margin of victory (more on that in a moment).
No. 3 Star: Curtis Glencross, Calgary Flames
With help from Brett Sutter(notes), Glencross scored a nifty shorthanded goal on a breakaway to give the Flames a lead they would never relinquish. Calgary won its home opener against the Los Angeles Kings, 3-1, as Miikka Kiprusoff(notes) made 21 saves, Craig Conroy(notes) had a goal and Brendan Morrison(notes) had two helpers.
Honorable mention: As we mentioned, Seguin
scored his first NHL goal, and Buzzing
The Net thinks it's Mario-esque. ... Nathan Horton(notes) had a goal (his third) and
an assist for the Bruins. ... Marty Reasoner(notes) had both Florida goals in his old
Edmonton stomping grounds. ... Dustin Penner(notes) scored his first for the Oil. ... Dustin
Brown(notes) had the Kings' lone goal.
Did you know? Calgary is 14-2 against the Kings in its last 16. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: Jack Johnson(notes) was a minus-2 for the Kings and coughed up the puck on Glencross's shorthanded goal. ... Shane Doan(notes), Oliver Ekman-Larsson(notes), Lauri Korpikoski(notes) and Sami Lepisto(notes) were all minus-2 for the Coyotes. ... Finally, Horcoff's eventual game-winning goal for the Oilers was ruled valid on video review, but it's as close to an intentional "kick" as they come:
Said Panthers Coach Pete DeBoer: "It looked like a kick to me. The interpetation of that rule I don't understand. I don't know if you have to take a punter's kick at it for it not to count.''