Rangers and Sharks spoil Blackhawks and Kings home openers, plus updates on Mike Richards, Jamie Benn, Mike Smith & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Note: Game recaps involving Canadian NHL teams can be found in “Canadian Corner.”

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Rookie Oscar Lindberg’s first NHL goal was also the opening tally for the New York Rangers, who spoiled the Chicago Blackhawks home opener with a 3-2 victory. Kevin Klein and Derek Stepan also scored for the Rangers, while Artemi Panarin (who also tallied his first career NHL goal) and Teuvo Teravainen responded for the Blackhawks. Patrick Kane, the subject of an ongoing sexual assault investigation, said he continues to put his focus on his game.

Milan Lucic jumps Logan Couture at the Sharks bench.

Milan Lucic jumps Logan Couture at the Sharks bench.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Joe Pavelski scored a goal and two assists and Martin Jones made 19 saves as the San Jose Sharks thumped the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 to spoil the latter’s home opener. Kings forwards Dustin Brown and Milan Lucic could face supplemental discipline for their actions during the game. Brown laid a questionable hit upon Sharks forward Logan Couture, while Lucic charged after Couture following an open-ice hit by the latter on the former.  Lucic was assessed a match penalty.

Speaking of the Sharks and Kings, Raffi Torres won’t appeal his 41-game suspension, while the Kings and center Mike Richards are working toward a settlement. The Kings terminated Richards contract in June following an incident at a Canada-US border crossing. The NHLPA filed a grievance on Richards’ behalf.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Jamie Benn has evolved into the leader of the Dallas Stars.

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith is working with a sports psychologist to improve his performance.

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Frederik Andersen has yet to fully establish himself as the Anaheim Ducks starting goaltender.

STLTODAY.COM: The Blues placed forward Patrik Berglund on injured reserve to provide the salary-cap relief necessary before the start of the regular season to sign veteran center Scott Gomez to a one-year, two-way contract worth $575K at the NHL level.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: NHL Hall of Famer Ken Dryden explains how regular-season overtime has improved the game.

PRAVDA.SK: Veteran NHL defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is still hopeful of playing in the NHL despite being released from a tryout offer with the Chicago Blackhawks. His agent is currently in contact with several clubs as Visnovsky takes a “wait and see” approach.