PITTSBURGH (AP) — Phil Kessel found a way to upstage Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid.
The Pittsburgh forward raced down the slot and beat goalie Cam Talbot 42 seconds into overtime to give the Penguins a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Ian Cole scored his first goal of the season for the Penguins, and Matt Murray stopped 29 shots. Crosby was held without a point in his showdown with McDavid, but the Penguins rode their depth to keep the struggling Oilers in check.
McDavid forced the extra period with his first goal in seven games, a wrist shot with 2:53 left in regulation that tied it. Talbot played brilliantly at times while making 42 saves but couldn’t get a handle on Kessel’s winner.
The central figures in the biannual meeting between the best players of their respective generations tried to downplay the hype. Probably a good idea. For all the star wattage Crosby and McDavid bring, their respective teams have spent the opening weeks of the season trying to figure things out.
LIGHTNING 5, HURRICANES 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Tyler Johnson had a power-play goal and an assist, and the Lightning pulled away to beat the Hurricanes.
Steven Stamkos had two assists, giving him league leads with 17 assists and 20 points, and Nikita Kucherov scored his 11th goal with 4 seconds left. Both players have 10-game points streaks — one shy of Martin St. Louis’ 8-year-old club record to begin a season.
Rookie Mikhail Sergachev also scored, and Vladislav Manestnikov and Ryan Callahan added empty-netters to help the Lightning pad their league leads with eight victories and 17 points. They earned a point in their eighth straight game, improving to 7-0-1 in that stretch.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 shots for Tampa Bay.
DUCKS 6, FLYERS 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ondrej Kase had two goals, Anaheim scored three times in the second period and the Flyers lost No. 2 overall draft pick Nolan Patrick to an undisclosed injury in a Ducks’ win.
Patrick, the talented center who had three points this season, was checked head-first into the glass by Anaheim forward Chris Wagner, dropped to his knees and needed help leaving the ice. He went straight to the locker room in the second period and did not return.
The 19-year-old Patrick was the second pick of the 2017 draft and keyed an influx of youth that helped the Flyers get off to a solid start. The Flyers did not have an immediate update on Patrick’s condition.
ISLANDERS 5, COYOTES 3
NEW YORK (AP) — John Tavares completed his hat trick with a tiebreaking goal in the third period, lifting the Islanders over the winless Coyotes.
The Islanders won their third straight and improved to 5-3-1. Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves for New York.
Adam Pelech had three assists for the Islanders, and fellow defenseman Scott Mayfield cemented the win with his first goal of the season at 17:03.
The Coyotes — starting a five-game road trip — fell to 0-8-1 under new coach Rick Tocchet.
CANADIENS 5, PANTHERS 1
MONTREAL (AP) — Shea Weber scored twice, helping the Canadiens end their seven-game skid with a win over the Panthers.
Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty also scored for the Canadiens, who had not won since their season opener. Carey Price made 26 saves and Jonathan Drouin had two assists.
Keith Yandle scored the only goal for the Panthers, while James Reimer stopped 32 of 37 shots. Reimer got the start with Roberto Luongo still injured (right hand).
Montreal scored five goals for the first time this season. Their previous high was three. The team had scored a combined five goals on its winless California road trip (0-3-0) coming into Tuesday.
SABRES 1, RED WINGS 0
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Benoit Pouliot scored for the second straight game and Robin Lehner made 32 saves in a shutout as the Sabres beat the struggling Red Wings.
Victor Antipin and Taylor Fedun each had an assist for Buffalo, which handed the Red Wings their fifth defeat in a row.
The win was the first at home for rookie coach Phil Housley and ended the Sabres’ three-game home losing streak. Buffalo won consecutive games for the first time this season and improved to 3-5-2.
KINGS 3, SENATORS 2, SO
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Adrian Kempe scored the shootout winner to help the Kings beat the Senators.
Alec Martinez and Kempe scored for the Kings (7-1-1) in regulation and Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 shots.
Dion Phaneuf and Nate Thompson supplied the offense for the Senators (4-1-4). Mike Condon made 41 saves.
Condon nearly coughed up the winner with less than a minute remaining in overtime as he went to play Anze Kopitar, but Erik Karlsson was able to make a goal line save.
CANUCKS 1, WILD 0
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jake Virtanen broke a scoreless tie midway through the third period, Anders Nilsson made 29 saves for his fourth career shutout and the Canucks beat the Wild.
Virtanen scored his second goal of the season and the second in as many games. Nilsson tallied his second shutout in three games this season for Vancouver.
Devan Dubnyk made 24 saves in goal for Minnesota, but suffered his third losses in five starts this season.
FLAMES 3, PREDATORS 2, SO
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk scored in the shootout to give the Flames a win over the Predators.
Tkachuk and Micheal Ferland scored third-period goals for the Flames, who ended a two-game losing streak.
Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi scored power-play goals in the first period for the Predators, losers of two straight.
Mike Smith had 28 saves in regulation and overtime for Calgary. With 33 seconds left in overtime, Smith denied Colton Sissons from the low slot to send the game to the shootout, where he stopped two of Nashville’s three shooters.
AVALANCHE 5, STARS 3
DENVER (AP) — Matt Nieto capped off his first career hat trick on an empty-netter in the closing seconds, Semyon Varlamov stopped 34 shots and the injury-riddled Avalanche ended a three-game skid with a victory over the Stars.
Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and an assist, and Mark Barberio contributed another tally in his 200th career NHL game.
Jamie Benn added two goals and Brett Ritchie scored another for the Stars, whose four-game winning streak was halted. Starting goaltender Ben Bishop was replaced by Kari Lehtonen early in the second period after giving up three goals on 17 shots.
GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4, BLACKHAWKS 2
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Oscar Dansk stopped 29 shots for his second career win in two appearances, and the Golden Knights beat the Blackhawks for their fourth straight victory.
Dansk made his first NHL start after replacing injured Malcolm Subban during a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. The 23-year-old gave up goals to John Hayden and Patrick Kane, but was otherwise stellar for the Golden Knights.
Vegas is the 10th expansion team to put together a four-game winning streak. The Golden Knights are 7-1-0 in their inaugural season.