J.T. Brown’s protest, Alex Ovechkin’s zillion goals, an Aussie debut highlight first weekend

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Canucks winger Derek Dorsett expects his former teammate to receive a warm welcome on Tuesday.

“He was a heart-and-soul guy, and I didn’t think playing against him for so many years that we would be good buddies,” Dorsett said Monday. “You look at his story. The amount of games he played in the NHL but also professionally in the AHL and ECHL.

“I’m sure it will show here Tuesday with a (video) tribute and I’m sure there will be a lot of Burrows jerseys in the stands.”

Shaka Toney had two sacks, and the balanced Nittany Lions (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) came away with an easy victory. For all the attention their offense got coming off a Big Ten championship, the defense and special teams continue to do their part, too.

“We still have a lot of work to do,” coach James Franklin said. “I think our team is playing with a lot of confidence right now, especially in our secondary and on the defensive side of the ball. We have some things that we’ve got to get better at and we’ve got to improve. But I think we’re in an ideal situation.”

The Predators went with Juuse Saros instead of Pekka Rinne, the franchise’s winningest goaltender. Saros, who earned his first NHL win last October against Pittsburgh, stopped 30 shots. Rinne was 0-3 on the road during the Stanley Cup and is 0-6-0 with an .822 save US Cheap Jerseys Club percentage Wholesale Cheap Jerseys lifetime in Pittsburgh.

“You have to find ways to win,” forward Ryan Johansen said of the Predators’ 0-2 start. “It’s only two games, but we’re behind the eight ball.”

The excitement New Jersey’s rookies have brought to the ice is infectious, coach John Hynes said.

“To get good in the league, you have to draft well and develop well,” Hynes said. “The fact we have some younger guys coming into our lineup that can play the way that we want to play and having major impacts on the game, I think brings energy to everyone.”

Evander Kane scored twice for the winless Sabres, who were booed off the ice after all three periods. Chad Johnson stopped 16 of 22 shots before being replaced by Robin Lehner (nine saves) in the third period.

“Obviously, not the way we wanted to start the season,” Kane said. “We have to have a harder mentality in terms of how we want to play, our compete level needs to be harder. The fortunate thing is, we’re only three games into the season.”

Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 shots, Nail Yakupov scored two goals and the Colorado Avalanche continued their recent success in Boston with a 4-0 win over the Bruins on Monday.

Sven Andrighetto and J.T. Compher scored first-period goals for the Avalanche, who improved to 11-0-0-1 in their past 12 games in Boston since the most recent loss on March 30, 1998.

Colorado completed its season-opening three-game Wholesale Cheap Jerseys The Best Cheap Jerseys road trip at 2-1. Boston split its first two games — both at home.

“I think we’re fortunate to be 2-1,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar Wholesale Jerseys Usa said. “Our best game of the road trip was certainly our third. To be 2-1 in a tough building here in Boston, against a good team to get a good solid win, this is a little bit of a sign of maturity.”