Patrice Bergeron had a hat trick, scoring his first just 30 seconds into the game, and Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots to earn his first win of the season while leading the Boston Bruins to a victory over the Ottawa Senators.
David Pastrnak had two goals and two assists, and Chris Wagner, a native of Wellesley, Mass., scored his first goal for the Bruins. The Red Wings are winless through three games to start the season for the first time since 1991-92, although two of their losses were in extra time.
"There's a lot of the mental part of the game that you can still work on even though you're not on the ice, so I tried to work on that as much as possible", Bergeron said about his training camp.
Ryan Dzingel, who was a game-time decision after missing portions of practice because of an undisclosed injury on Sunday, had two goals for the Senators.
Troy Terry scored the lone goal in the shootout, and goalie John Gibson made 20 saves through overtime and was ideal in the shootout as Anaheim beat Detroit in its home opener.
"Yeah, it was a tough night", said Condon, who made his season debut. It was just hard tracking pucks, really couldn't find a rhythm, a lot of tips, deflections, bad breaks on the first goal. "Watch the film, flush it and move on". For good measure Bergeron finished with four shots on net, six shot attempts and won 14-of-24 face-offs while playing his typically brilliant game at both ends of the ice. "But we still battled, we outshot them, we just couldn't really buy one". So far it looks like Heinen is taking a step back and is absolutely searching for his game with no luck thus far.
Ryan Dzingel scored twice for the Senators, who picked up a five-on-three power play with about 12 minutes left but failed to score.
Bergeron scored twice in the first 20 minutes before netting his third goal on a backhander off an Ottawa defender at 4:38 of the third period for his fourth career hat trick. Against a better team that kind of goal could have been a killer, but instead the Bruins scored the first two goals of the third period and really took control of the game from that point forward. Perhaps it's circumstance or trying to live up to last season, but Heinen once again went without a shot on net vs. Ottawa and now has just one shot on net in his first three games this season.
"It's amusing, you come out of this game, which, if you know, you watched last game, you watched this game, you know we were better this game than we were last game, and we won last game and we lost this one". He's not out there just cherry-picking and finding the easy ones.
Dzingel got the Senators on the board at 2:21 in the second period, putting in a rebound off a scramble in front of the net to make it 2-1.
Bergeron had two hat tricks, including a four-goal game, last January, giving him three hat tricks in the past 10 months.
BY THE NUMBERS: 3 - the number of assists for Charlie McAvoy in the opening night win, which marks a career-high in assists and points in a game for the second year D-man.