Casey DeSmith felt the puck at his feet, looked down to confirm it was indeed the case then exhaled as his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates poured over the bench in the middle of an empty arena to congratulate their backup goaltender, the one hardly playing like a backup. Starting in place of a shaky Tristan Jarry, DeSmith turned aside 20 shots he faced in regulation and overtime then stuffed Washington's T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin in the shootout as the Penguins picked up their first win of the season with a 4-3 victory on Sunday.
Sean Monahan, Dillon Dube and Matthew Tkachuk scored power-play goals and Jacob Markstrom' made 32 saves and shut out his former team as the Calgary Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 Saturday night. Calgary's home-opener was the first NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome since March 8, 2020, a span of 10 months and eight days. ''It's a great team win,'' Markstrom said.
Jake Guentzel scored in the shootout to help the Pittsburgh Penguins get their first win of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Washington Capitals.