Penguins begin Stanley Cup defence with win

The Pittsburgh Penguins began their defence of the Stanley Cup with a 3-2 shootout triumph over the Washington Capitals on Thursday.

Last year’s champions were level at 2-2 after three periods and the extra five minutes, meaning that the game needed to be decided by a shootout – with Phil Kessel coming up with the winning strike.

Elsewhere, the New York Rangers grabbed some early-season bragging rights against city rivals the Islanders as they came away with a 5-3 win, while the Brad Marchand scored twice and claimed three assists in the Boston Bruins’ 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-4, the Winnpeg Jets downed the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 and the the Montreal Canadiens won 4-1 against the Buffalo Sabres.

The Florida Panthers grabbed a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils, the St Louis Blues saw off the Minnesota Wild 3-2 while the Dallas Stars beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-2.