Blue Jackets win first game, Red Wings down Predators

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After making a losing start to the NHL season, the Columbus Blue Jackets finally opened their account at the third time of asking.

Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky starred as the Blue Jackets defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Friday.

The New York Islanders edged the Arizona Coyotes by the same scoreline.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Red Wings trumped the Nashville Predators 5-3.

 

BOBROVSKY HELPS END DROUGHT

The Blue Jackets lost their first two games of the season against the San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins.

But that all changed thanks to Bobrovsky, who made 32 saves in Columbus.

Zach Werenski, Nick Foligno and William Karlsson were all on the scoresheet for the Blue Jackets, who led 3-1 at the end of the second period.

Chicago's Richard Panik continued his solid start to the season with his fifth goal, while he also had an assist.

 

BOYCHUK SETTLES CONTEST IN NEW YORK

With the game tied at 2-2 with four minutes played in the third and final period, Johnny Boychuk scored the match-winner for the Islanders.

Boychuk's shorthanded goal four minutes, 24 seconds into the period - his first of the season - saw off the Coyotes and spared the Islanders' blushes.

The Islanders had led 2-0 midway through the opening period thanks to Dennis Seidenberg and Ryan Strome until Brad Richardson and Radim Vrbata levelled proceedings heading into the second.

 

THE PUCK STAYS OUT... SOMEHOW!

STREAKING RED WINGS WIN AGAIN

The Red Wings extended their winning streak to three games with a 5-3 victory against the Predators.

Detroit and Nashville exchanged leads in the second period before the Red Wings hit the front for good in the third.

 

CAPITALS, PENGUINS AND CANADIENS HEADLINE PLAY

The Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens are all on seven points heading into Saturday's action.

Washington face the New York Rangers, reigning champions the Penguins do battle with the Predators, while the Canadiens meet the Boston Bruins.