Meanwhile in Pittsburgh, two of the top teams from each conference went head-to-head in the Penguins and Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim is expected to lead the way in their division, but does have a question mark in young goal John Gibson. Gibson intensified that question mark, despite the 33 saves, by allowing 6 pucks past him in the 6-4 loss. This would spoil the opening night hat trick of Corey Perry, who found the net twice in the 2nd, and once in the 3rd. Ryan Kesler was the only other goal scorer in his Duck debut, notching his first of the year in the 1st.
The Penguins are once again expected to sit atop the East, lead by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Crosby scored twice on the night and added an assist to help overcome the struggles of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury had 4 pucks get past him, but luckily had the support of his teammates on this night. Pascal Dupuis, Brandon Sutter, Blake Comeau, and Patric Hornqvist found the back of the net Thursday night. It was a very entertaining game for hockey fans to watch, but a game that showed the netminding flaws of two Stanley Cup favorite teams.