Devils still perfect and off to best start in 23 years
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Kyle Palmieri scored his seventh goal in four games, Keith Kinkaid stopped 24 shots for his second shutout and the New Jersey Devils continued their perfect start, beating the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Late pickup Jean-Sebastien Dea tallied for the third straight game and Blake Coleman added a goal as the Devils (4-0) remained the NHL’s only unbeaten team. The 4-0 start is their best since 1995-96.
Palmieri also became the first player in NHL history to score his team’s opening goal in four consecutive games to begin a season, the league said.
Anton Khudobin made 31 saves as Dallas lost for the second time in two nights. It marked the first time the Stars were shut out.
GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4, SABRES 1
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury earned his 407th win to tie Glenn Hall for 10th place on the NHL list as Vegas beat Buffalo.
Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and Fleury made 26 saves for the defending Western Conference champions. Cody Eakin and William Karlsson also had goals for the Golden Knights, who scored more than two for the first time in seven games this season.
Vladimir Sobotka scored with 37 seconds left, spoiling Fleury’s bid for his 50th career shutout.
Sabres goalie Carter Hutton stopped 25 shots.
RANGERS 3, AVALANCHE 2, SO
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Shattenkirk scored the deciding goal in a shootout to lift the Rangers over the Avalanche.
Mats Zuccarello scored for the Rangers in the first round of the tiebreaker, and Mikko Rantanen tied it in the second. Shattenkirk then beat Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov in the third round, and Henrik Lundqvist denied Gabriel Landeskog to secure New York’s second win in six games this season (2-4-0).
Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider scored in regulation for the Rangers, and Lundqvist stopped 31 shots through overtime. Zuccarello and Shattenkirk each had two assists.
Nathan MacKinnon, who also had an assist, scored for Colorado to set the franchise record with a goal in each of the first six games to open a season. Tyson Jost also had a goal for the Avalanche. Varlamov, who came in 3-0-1 with a 1.75 goals-against average, made 41 saves.
CANUCKS 3, PENGUINS 2, OT
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brock Boeser fired a wrist shot by Casey DeSmith’s stick and into the net 34 seconds into overtime to lift the Canucks to a victory over the Penguins.
The Penguins tied it late in regulation when Carl Hagelin took a perfect pass from Phil Kessel and slipped it past Anders Nilsson with 3:14 to go.
Vancouver, however, responded in the extra period.
Boeser took the puck and drifted through center ice as the Canucks worked through a line change behind him. Rather than drop it off to a teammate, he let one go just inside the right circle for his second goal of the season.
Ben Hutton and Brandon Sutter also scored for the Canucks. Nilsson finished with 26 saves as Vancouver won its third straight. The Canucks played without 19-year-old rookie Elias Pettersson, who was diagnosed with a concussion after getting slammed to the ice in a game against Florida on Saturday.
FLYERS 6, PANTHERS 5, SO
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jordan Weal scored in the shootout to lift the Flyers over the Panthers.
Weal had a goal and an assist, and Jakub Voracek also scored in the shootout for the Flyers. Philadelphia had to rally to earn two points after leading by three goals late in the second period.
Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux each had two goals for the Flyers.
Aleksander Barkov and Frank Vatrano scored two apiece for the Panthers (0-2-2), who remained one of two winless teams in the NHL. Evgenii Dadonov also scored and Keith Yandle had two assists.
Voracek opened the scoring in the shootout by beating Michael Hutchinson with a forehand shot. Hutchinson was making his Panthers debut in place of Roberto Luongo (knee), who missed his third straight contest.
Barkov, Florida’s second shooter, shot past Calvin Pickard with a backhander to even the score. After Hutchinson denied Giroux, Weal beat the goalie through the five-hole. The Flyers secured the win when Pickard stopped Vatrano.
WILD 2, COYOTES 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal and Mikael Grandlund scored and Devan Dubnyk stopped 27 of 28 shots to lead the Wild to a win over the Coyotes.
Brendan Perlini scored and Darcy Kuemper stopped 30 shots in his season debut for Arizona. Kuemper was making his first appearance against the franchise that drafted him in 2009. He spent parts of five seasons in Minnesota before leaving as a free agent in 2017.
Staal scored the game-winner with 13:42 to play by converting after a mad scramble in front of the net. After Kuemper stopped Ryan Suter’s initial shot, Jason Zucker tapped it across the crease to Staal, who buried it for his second goal of the season.
The Coyotes entered the night having scored just two goals in four games, including three shutout losses. But they opened the scoring midway through the first period when Perlini scored his first of the season on the power play.
LIGHTNING 4, HURRICANES 2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Johnson had three goals, Yanni Gourde scored on a power play to put Tampa Bay ahead in the third period and the Lightning beat the Hurricanes.
Johnson scored in all three periods, completing the hat trick on an empty-netter with 1:56 remaining.
After Carolina defenseman Calvin de Haan fanned on a clearing attempt, Gourde made it 3-2 on a pass from Ondrej Palat at 7:02 of the third.
Lightning backup Louis Domingue stopped 38 shots in his first start of the season. He made strong saves on Sebastian Aho and Micheal Ferland soon after Gourde’s goal.
Ferland and Martin Necas had goals, and Petr Mrazek turned aside 23 shots for the Hurricanes.
Aho picked up an assist to extend his season-opening point streak to seven games (eight assists, 12 points), which is tied for third-longest in the history of the Carolina/Hartford franchise. Only Victor Rask (eight games, 2016-17) and Ron Francis (11 games, 1984-85) had longer runs.
OILERS 5, JETS 4, OT
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Connor McDavid had four points and Darnell Nurse scored his first goal of the season 1:25 into overtime as Edmonton overcame a three-goal deficit to beat Winnipeg.
McDavid scored twice and added a pair of assists for the Oilers, who were down 4-1 to start the third period.
Ty Rattie ignited the comeback when he scored 18 seconds into the third. McDavid got his second power-play goal of the game at 2:28, and Jesse Puljujarvi tied it at 13:39.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl each had two assists for Edmonton. Cam Talbot stopped 29 shots in his 200th game with the Oilers.
McDavid set an NHL record by scoring or assisting on his team’s first nine goals to start a season, breaking Adam Oates’ record of seven with Detroit in 1986-87. McDavid has four goals and five assists in four games.
Jets forward Adam Lowry had two goals during a three-minute span in the first period. Mark Scheifele and defenseman Ben Chiarot also scored. Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves.