Having last scored in November after missing majority of last season due to a torn ACL, Jones put home his first two goals of the 2010-11 campaign and added an assist as Colorado edged Detroit 5-4. Brandon Yip(notes) would notch the winner in the sixth round of the shootout. Jones' first of the night came later in the first to tie the game at one. His second came with less than nine minutes to go in the third and not too long after Patrick Eaves'(notes) shorthanded tally gave Detroit a 4-3 lead.
No. 2 Star: Ryan Smyth, Los Angeles Kings
Down 1-0 as the third period began in their home opener, the Kings scored three unanswered goals in 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers. Smyth, who was moved off of the Kings' first line after two games, tallied Los Angeles' first goal off a rebound in front, assisted on Jarret Stoll's(notes) game-winning deflected shot three minutes later and then insured the two points with an empty netter.
No. 3 Star: Johan Franzen, Detroit Red Wings
"The Mule" was kicking early for the Red Wings as his two goals helped give the Red Wings a 3-1 lead in the second period over Colorado. Franzen and his linemates, Todd Bertuzzi(notes) and Valtteri Filppula(notes), combined for five points.
Honorable mention: After 16-years in the NHL, Kirk Maltby(notes) announced his retirement at a pre-game press conference ... Nicklas Lidstrom(notes) assisted on both of Detroit's special team goals ... Pavel Datsyuk(notes) second goal of the season was also the 200th of his career ... Adam Foote(notes) recorded an assist giving him 253 points in his Avalanche career, tying him with Sandis Ozolinsh(notes) for the all-time lead among Colorado defensemen ... Jonathan Quick(notes) made 31 stops to improve to 2-0-0 on the season ... Willie Mitchell(notes) logged 24:47 of ice time and has seen his minutes played increase in each of Los Angeles' three games.
Did you know? Former Guns 'N Roses guitarist Slash performed the U.S. national anthem before Atlanta-Los Angeles tonight at Staples Center.
Dishonorable mention: Jiri Hudler, Mike Modano(notes) and Dan Cleary all finished minus-3 for the Red Wings, while Anthony Stewart(notes) did the same for Atlanta ... Los Angeles has yet to score in the first or second period this season.