MONTREAL (AP) – Mathieu Perreault had a hat trick and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 on Saturday night to end their losing streak at the start of the season at five.
Perreault, Christian Dvorak and Mike Hoffman scored their first goals in the Canadiens uniform. Defender Sami Niku also got his first points on his first start, finishing with two assists.
Jake Allen made 26 saves for Montreal.
Detroit goalie Thomas Greiss was retired in the second period after conceding five goals on 17 shots. Alex Nedeljkovic stopped all six shots in relief.
Montreal gave up a power play early in the first period and it wasn’t long before the Red Wings found the opening goal, with Dylan Larkin beating Allen in the upper right corner.
Ben Chiarot responded for the Canadiens with 5:50 left in the first period. The defender managed a cross pass from Jonathan Drouin.
FLAMES 4, CAPITALS 3, OT
WASHINGTON (AP) – Elias Lindholm completed his second career hat trick with a 2:46 overtime clock, and Calgary beat Washington.
Lindholm’s fourth, fifth and sixth goals of the season helped the Flames to a second straight victory, this coming after taking a 3-0 lead. Washington had won two in a row.
Andrew Mangiapane scored his third goal of the season for the Flames.
Dan Vladar of Calgary made 22 saves and Johnny Gaudreau collected two assists, the last of which was to Lindholm for an effort that grabbed goaltender Ilya Samsonov’s body before crossing the line.
Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Martin Fehervary scored for the Capitals. Ovechkin rose to 735 career goals, putting him six behind Brett Hull for fourth on the NHL roster.
RANGERS 3, SENATORS 2
OTTAWA, Ont. (AP) – Chris Kreider, Ryan Lindgren and Barclay Goodrow scored in the final six minutes, rallying New York for their fourth straight win, all on the road.
Alexandar Georgiev made 26 saves for the Rangers.
Ottawa led 2-0 after Josh Norris’ goal early in the third period, but the Senators collapsed late. Kreider scored a power-play goal, beating Matt Murray up close with 5:23 left.
Murray, who stopped 22 shots, left the game after the goal, leaving Anton Forsberg to shut things up. Forsberg ceded a goal to Lindgren on the first shot he faced with 4:08 left.
Goodrow scored the game-winning goal with 2:03 to go as he deflected a long shot from Sammy Blais past Forsberg.
Nick Paul also scored for Ottawa.
WILD 4, DUCKS 3, OT
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) – Ryan Hartman scored with 12.1 seconds left in overtime and Minnesota extended their season opener streak to four games by beating Anaheim.
Brandon Duhaime, Jared Spurgeon and Jon Merrill scored for Minnesota, which won its first four games for the first time since 2008-09. The top-ranked franchise for season opener is six in 2006-07. Cam Talbot made 21 saves for Minnesota.
Rickard Rakell scored two goals and Troy Terry also scored for Anaheim. John Gibson made 32 saves for the Ducks.
HURRICANE 5, BLUE JACKETS 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Vincent Trocheck scored two goals and an assist to lead Carolina to their fourth straight win to open the season.
Jordan Staal and Sebastian Aho added power play goals, and Jesper Fast also scored for Carolina. Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots in his fourth straight win.
Columbus captain Boone Jenner scored and Joonas Korpisalo finished with 28 saves. Korpisalo lost their second straight game and the Blue Jackets suffered their first home loss in four games this season.
PANTHERS 4, FLYERS 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, and added an assist to lead Florida over Philadelphia.
Owen Tippett also scored and Sam Reinhart had an empty net for Florida which brought their best club start to 5-0.
Claude Giroux and Cam Atkinson scored for Philadelphia.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for the Panthers. Bobrovsky earned his 300th victory in Florida’s final game, a 4-1 win over Colorado on Thursday night.
DEVILS 2, SABER 1, OT
NEWARK, NJ (AP) – Pavel Zacha scored 3:09 into overtime to give New Jersey a win over Buffalo.
Nico Daws blocked 24 shots to win in his NHL debut, and Nico Hischier netted a power play goal for New Jersey.
Dylan Cozens scored a power play goal for Buffalo and Dustin Tokarski made 37 saves.
AVALANCHE 4, LIGHTNING 3, OT
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Cale Makar scored in the sixth round of the shootout to give Colorado the win over Tampa Bay.
Makar beat Andrei Vasilevskiy with a wrist shot after Darcy Kuemper denied Anthony Cirelli a start in round six as the Avalanche ended a three-game losing streak.
Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point tied 3-3 with 2:35 left in the third period.
Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen scored, and Kuemper made 29 saves for Colorado, who had lost three in a row.
Brayden Point, Mathieu Joseph and Steven Stamkos scored for the Lightning. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 24 saves.
PENGUINS 7, MAPLE LEAVES 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Drew O’Connor scored twice and Pittsburgh routed Toronto.
O’Connor scored his second and third goals of the season. Marcus Pettersson also scored and added two assists for a career-high three points. The Penguins, who were without five of their best players including Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang, broke the tie with a total of four goals in the second period.
Evan Rodrigues scored his third goal, while Jason Zucker and Brian Boyle both scored their second of the season. Mike Matheson also scored his first for Pittsburgh. Tristan Jarry made 28 saves for the Penguins.
Jason Spezza marked his third for Toronto, which lost its third straight game. Jack Campbell allowed five goals on 21 shots in two periods. Michael Hutchinson stopped 10 shots in the third.
JETS 6, PREDATORS 4
WINNIPEG, Man. (AP) – Paul Stastny scored twice and shorthanded Winnipeg held off against Nashville.
Rookie forward Kristian Vesalainen scored his first NHL goal for Winnipeg. Kyle Connor, Pierre Luc-Dubois and Adam Lowry also scored for the Jets, who played without No.1 center Mark Scheifele and captain Blake Wheeler for a second straight game. Both are in the COVID-19 protocol.
Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves in the win.
Colton Sissons, Nick Cousins, Philip Tomasino and defenseman Roman Josi scored for Nashville. Juuse Saros stopped 23 shots.
BLUE 7, KINGS 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) – David Perron had three goals and one assist, Jake Neighbors scored his first NHL goal and St. Louis beat Los Angeles.
Ivan Barbashev, Ryan O’Reilly and James Neal also scored for the Blues. Jordan Binnington made 32 saves as St. Louis won their fourth straight game to open a season for the third time in franchise history.
Perron’s sixth career hat trick has earned him five goals in his last two games.
Alex Iafallo, Justin Brown and Carl Grundstrom scored for the Kings, who lost their fourth in a row. Calvin Petersen made 33 saves.
ISLANDS 3, COYOTES 0
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Brock Nelson scored a goal and an assist, Ilya Sorokin stopped 26 shots and New York kept Arizona winless.
New York got off to a slow start in the first two periods, but Sorokin made some tough saves for his fourth career shutout. Cal Clutterbuck and Anthony Beauvillier also scored for the Islanders, who have five points in three games after two opening losses.
The Coyotes limited shots and controlled the puck for long stretches of the first two periods, but trailed 2-0 before the third. Karel Vejmelka has made 21 saves for Arizona, which has one point (0-4-1) in five games this season.
The Islanders have arrived in the wilderness for Game 5 of their 13-game debut road trip as construction on their new arena is underway.
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