The Great One and The First One shared the spotlight in the NHL.
Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's greatest offensive player, enjoyed his initial game as an owner as his newly acquired Phoenix Coyotes earned a 2-0 road victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
"I got to meet The Great One myself, which I had never done, so that was exciting for me," goalie Robert Esche said after he stopped 33 shots -- 13 in the third period -- for his second career shutout.
A continent away, 19-year-old Rick DiPietro, the first goalie ever drafted No. 1, earned his first NHL victory as the New York Islanders snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-2 win against the Oilers at Edmonton.
DiPietro, the first pick in last year's draft, made several spectacular saves for his first win in six starts.
In other NHL games, it was Detroit 4, Columbus 2; Florida 2, Boston 1; Pittsburgh 4, New Jersey 4; Chicago 6, St. Louis 2; Los Angeles 4, Minnesota 0; San Jose 2, Nashville 0; and Dallas 3, Anaheim 2 in overtime.
Many of the Coyotes felt like first-timers playing for Gretzky, who closed the much-delayed sale Thursday.
"The guys were so pumped to see him," said captain Keith Tkachuk, who gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead in the second period. "I don't think it has really sunk in yet."
The Islanders were protecting a 3-2 lead late in the third period as DiPietro anxiously waited for time to run out on his first victory. It wasn't sealed until Claude Lapointe scored into an empty net with 9 seconds left.
"Those were some really long minutes," said DiPietro, who won for the first time in his seventh game. "I was just praying the clock would go down faster. It was nerve wracking.
"I'm more relieved than anything. It's a great feeling to get those first two points under your belt."
Phoenix's slim lead was also tenuous, but Mike Sullivan scored a short-handed goal into an empty net with 34 seconds left to give Gretzky -- a four-time Stanley Cup champion -- his first win as an owner.
"He's undefeated. We're undefeated under this new group," Phoenix coach Bob Francis said of Gretzky and his partner Steve Ellman. The Coyotes went 10 games over .500 for the third time this season.
Tkachuk's 25th goal this season was all Phoenix needed.
"He was almost on his toes and I didn't think he was going to get a good shot away, and he roofed it," Carolina backup goalie Tyler Moss said. "That's probably why he's a 50-goal scorer."
Daniel Cleary and Ryan Smyth were the only players to beat DiPietro for the Oilers, who had a five-game home unbeaten streak (3-0-2) snapped.
"We didn't put in the effort that was necessary to win the hockey game," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "It looked like we saw a soft spot in the schedule and didn't want to put the work in."
Devils 4, Penguins 4
Petr Sykora scored twice and set up Jason Arnott's game-tying goal with 4:01 to play to give New Jersey a tie with Pittsburgh.
Martin Brodeur stopped a breakaway by Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux's rebound attempt in the opening minute of overtime.
Lemieux scored his 20th goal in 21 games, and Jeff Norton, Darius Kasparaitis and Billy Tibbetts also tallied for the Penguins. Pittsburgh is 13-6-1-1 since Lemieux ended his 3 1/2-year retirement in December.
Sergei Brylin had the other goal for the host Devils.
Red Wings 4, Blue Jackets 2
Vyacheslav Kozlov scored twice as Detroit beat Columbus, extending the Red Wings' home winning streak to six games and their home unbeaten streak to 10.
Kozlov had not scored since Dec. 10, a stretch of 23 games.
Brendan Shanahan, playing his 1,000th career game, gave the Red Wings a 2-0 lead.
Sharks 2, Predators 0
Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist as San Jose beat Nashville, extending its NHL-best road unbeaten streak to 10.
Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and fifth of his career. San Jose has shutouts in three of its last four games.
The Sharks are a league-leading 17-5-6 away from home. The Predators dropped their third straight following a four-game winning streak.
Panthers 2, Bruins 1
Pavel Bure scored his eighth goal in three games and added an assist as Florida earned its first three-game winning streak this season.
Bure has eight goals and two assists in the last three games and 14 goals and seven assists in the past nine.
Roberto Luongo made 25 saves to improve to 5-2 career against Boston.
Boston's Bill Guerin tied a career high with his 30th goal. The visiting Bruins have lost seven of eight to the Panthers, including three of four this season.
Stars 3, Mighty Ducks 2, OT
Derian Hatcher's goal with 3:25 left in overtime lifted Dallas over Anaheim.
Pascal Trepanier scored with 9:37 remaining in regulation to pull the Mighty Ducks even at 2.
Mike Modano, who had a goal and two assists, has six of each in his last seven games.
The visiting Mighty Ducks are 1-9-2 in 12 games. Dallas is 5-1-1 in its last seven.
Blackhawks 6, Blues 2
Steve Sullivan scored a goal and added two assists as Chicago earned its first home victory in nearly a month.
The victory, the Blackhawks' first at the United Center since Jan. 19, ended Chicago's three-game losing streak and was St. Louis' first loss in February.
Scott Young scored twice for the Blues.
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