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October 12, 2014

TORONTO (AP) — Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists, all on the power play, for his second straight three-point game and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Saturday night.

Patric Hornqvist, Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin and Brandon Sutter also scored for Pittsburgh, which got a solid showing in goal from Marc-Andre Fleury. Malkin also had a three-point night, with a pair of assists.

The line of Crosby, Hornqvist and Kunitz finished with six points and the Penguins went 3-for-5 on the power play. Crosby had two goals and an assist in the Penguins’ season-opening win over Anaheim.

Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs lost their home opener 4-3 to Montreal on a late goal Wednesday night.

Toronto’s James Van Riemsdyk and Pittsburgh’s Simon Despres had a brief fight with 33 seconds remaining.


BOSTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his first two goals of the season, Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots and Washington coach Barry Trotz got his first win with the Capitals in a 4-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

The three-time league MVP Ovechkin, who led the NHL with 51 goals last season, scored Washington’s first two goals. Defenseman Mike Green had a power-play goal and John Carlson added a late score.

Trotz, the longtime Nashville coach, was hired during the offseason after Washington missed the playoffs for the first time in seven years and fired Adam Oates. The Capitals lost Trotz’s first game, 2-1 in a shootout to Montreal at home Thursday night.


CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Dan Carcillo scored for Chicago in the third period, and the Blackhawks beat Buffalo in their home opener.

Andrew Shaw had a goal and an assist, and Duncan Keith also scored for the Blackhawks. Brandon Saad had a career-high three assists and Corey Crawford made 21 saves.

Zemgus Girgensons and Tyler Ennis scored in the first period for Buffalo.


GLENDALE, Arizona (AP) — Oliver Ekman-Larrson beat Jonathan Quick with a wrist shot into the top right corner of the net on a power play with 14 seconds left in overtime to lift Arizona past Los Angeles.

An apparent goal for the Coyotes’ Shane Doan with 2:47 left in regulation was waved off when Doan was called for interference. That gave the Kings a late power play, but they couldn’t convert.

Antoine Vermette and Mikkel Boedker also scored for Arizona.

Tanner Pearson and Jeff Carter scored for the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings, coming off a shutout loss in their season-opening game against San Jose.


DENVER (AP) — Darcy Kuemper stopped 30 shots for Minnesota for his second straight shutout of high-scoring Colorado and Jason Zucker scored his first goal since January.

Charlie Coyle also scored and Zach Parise added an empty-netter for the Wild, who spoiled the Avalanche’s home opener two days after routing Colorado 5-0 in Minnesota.

In back-to-back games against their Central Division rival, the Wild have outshot the Avs 82-46.

Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves for the Avalanche.


DETROIT (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf scored two goals, including the unassisted winner with 24 seconds left, in Anaheim’s victory over Detroit.

Matt Beleskey also scored and Frederick Andersen stopped 27 shots to help the Ducks get their first win of the season. Anaheim opened the season with a 6-4 loss at Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

Gustav Nyquist and Luke Glendening scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard had 23 saves.


UNIONDALE, New York (AP) — John Tavares and Brock Nelson each had a goal and an assist, and New York began its final home schedule at Nassau Coliseum with a victory over Carolina.

Tavares and Nelson powered the Islanders’ offense again after they filled the score sheet in a 5-3 win at Carolina on Friday night. Cory Conacher and Josh Bailey added goals for the Islanders, who will move to Brooklyn next season following 42 years on Long Island.

Chad Johnson, the backup to Jaroslav Halak, stopped 21 shots to earn his first win with the Islanders.

Carolina’s Jiri Tlusty scored two power-play goals in the first period and completed his second NHL hat trick with 5:58 left in the third.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Joakim Lindstrom and David Backes scored in the first period, Brian Elliott stopped 23 shots, and St. Louis beat Calgary.

Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for the Blues, and Paul Stastny and Kevin Shattenkirk each had three assists. St. Louis improved to 7-1-1 in its last nine games against Calgary.

Curtis Glencross ended Elliott’s shutout bid with a power-play goal with 4:13 left. Mark Giordano picked up an assist on the play for his 200th NHL point.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Cam Atkinson scored twice while Marko Dano and Nick Foligno each had a goal and an assist to lead Columbus past New York.

Artem Anisimov, like Atkinson, scored for the second game in a row for the Blue Jackets, who moved to 2-0 for the first time in five years.

Dano had his first NHL goal and points and Scott Hartnell and Ryan Johansen, who joined the Blue Jackets on Wednesday after a contract holdout, had two assists apiece.

Former Columbus captain Rick Nash picked up his third goal and Lee Stempniak also scored for the Rangers.


SUNRISE, Florida (AP) — Damon Severson scored his first NHL goal to cap New Jersey’s four-goal first period and the Devils chased Roberto Luongo early to beat Florida.

Severson also got his first assist. Ryane Clowe, Mike Cammalleri, Martin Havlat and Eric Gelinas scored goals for the Devils and Cory Schneider stopped 28 shots.

Derek MacKenzie scored for Florida. Luongo gave up five goals on 14 shots before leaving the game 2:59 into the second. Al Montoya finished with 10 saves in relief.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scored in the shootout, and Montreal rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat Philadelphia.

Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk scored in third period for the Canadiens (3-0).

Wayne Simmonds scored twice and Mark Raffl had a goal for the Flyers, winless through three games for the third straight season.


TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Mika Zibanejad scored the deciding goal in the shootout and Ottawa beat Tampa Bay.

Zibanejad’s score made it 2-1 in the third round of the shootout and Steven Stamkos was unable to beat Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner on the Lightning’s third attempt.

Erik Karlsson and Mark Stone scored in regulation for the Senators, and Lehner stopped 38 shots through overtime. Victor Hedman and Brett Connolly had Tampa Bay’s goals and Ben Bishop made 32 saves.


NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Eric Nystrom had a goal and two assists to lead Nashville past Dallas.

Shea Weber, Paul Gaustad, and Roman Josi also scored for Nashville and Pekka Rinne stopped 17 shots to help the Predators open the season with their second straight win.

Antoine Roussel scored for Dallas.


SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Tomas Hertl scored first-period goals, and Alex Stalock made 30 saves to give San Jose Sharks its second straight shutout to open the season.

Patrick Marleau added an insurance goal late in the second period in the Sharks’ home opener. San Jose began the season with a 4-0 win behind Antti Niemi against defending champion Los Angeles and followed it up with Stalock’s third career shutout.

Ondrej Pavelec made 23 saves for Winnipeg.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Chris Higgins scored the only goal in a shootout to lift Vancouver past Edmonton.

Higgins beat Viktor Fasth with a quick shot in the third round, and Ryan Miller stopped Benoit Pouliot on Edmonton’s final chance.

Henrik Sedin and Radim Vrbata each had a goal and an assist, Nick Bonino and Linden Vey picked up their first goals with the Canucks, and Daniel Sedin added three assists. Miller finished with 25 saves.

Mark Arcobello, Brad Hunt, Nail Yakupov and Jesse Joensuu scored for Edmonton.

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