North-East trio show the way
North-East Division's Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres all made it two wins from two after the belated start to the NHL.
The Senators have hit the ice in full flow after the league's lock-out was finally ended, following up their opening 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets by beating the Florida Panthers 4-0 tonight.
Kyle Turris scored twice, giving him three for the season, Jakob Silfverberg grabbed his first NHL goal and Jim O'Brien was also on target.
The Jets were once again the fall guys as Boston sealed a shootout win, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron settling the match in their favour after a 1-1 scoreline.
Buffalo downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 as Jason Pominville scored one goal and set up the other for Cody Hodgson. Nazem Kadri's reply was the only time Sabres netminder Ryan Miller was beaten in the 35 shots he faced.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, divisional rivals of both Florida and Winnipeg in the south-east, were beaten 4-3 by the New York Islanders. The Islanders had led 4-0 before a dramatic third-period comeback which came up just short.
There were shootout wins for Central Division pair the St Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings, against the Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets respectively.
Both games finished 3-3 after overtime, with the Red Wings' win sealed by a piece of brilliance from Damien Brunner in the fourth round of the shootout.
As all others failed, the Swiss rookie produced an audacious feint to beat goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and settle the match.
In Nashville, the lead changed hands three times before Alex Pietrangelo's goal took the game to overtime and, ultimately, a shootout. TJ Oshie and Alex Steen then scored with St Louis' first two attempts while goalie Brian Elliott denied Craig Smith and Martin Erat.
The Anaheim Ducks beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 in a thrilling final game of the night.
The Ducks saw a 3-0 lead slip away as their opponents drew level, but Daniel Winnik and Ryan Getzlaf each scored their second goal of the game to seal victory.