Posted October 07, 2011 on AP on Fox
The Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres feel like they did enough in the offseason to make themselves Stanley Cup contenders. At the very least, their offseason moves made them winners in their first games. These teams look to build on encouraging openers Saturday when they meet in Berlin in the NHL's first regular-season game played in Germany. After finishing last season tied for the ninth-fewest goals with 219 and being eliminated from the playoffs in the first round, Los Angeles acquired Mike Richards and signed Simon Gagne in hopes of bolstering its offense. Richards made an immediate impact with his new club in Friday's 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Stockholm, scoring the tying goal with 4:59 remaining in regulation and setting up Jack Johnson's winner 4:08 into overtime. Anze Kopitar also assisted on the winner and opened the scoring 10:51 into the first period. "Mike Richards' line - I thought they played well," coach Terry Murray said...
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