Matthews ties NHL record in leading Toronto to victory
DETROIT (AP) — Auston Matthews scored twice for an NHL-leading nine goals — tying a league record after five games — and Toronto beat Detroit, 5-3, for its third straight victory.
Matthews joined Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Marleau, Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy as the players in league history to score nine times in the first five games.
AVALANCHE 6, SABRES 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon scored twice to extend his season-opening goals streak to four games, and Colorado beat Buffalo.
Mackinnon matched the Colorado franchise record for a goals streak to open a season, set by John Mitchell three years ago.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots to improve to 3-0. Tyson Jost, Colin Wilson, Carl Soderberg and Alexander Kerfoot also scored, helping Colorado improve to 3-1 for the third straight season. Mikko Rantanen set up three goals and has six assists for the season.
RANGERS 3, SHARKS 2, OT
NEW YORK (AP) — Brady Skjei buried a wrist shot 37 seconds into overtime to lift New York past San Jose for coach David Quinn’s first career victory.
Quinn was hired away from Boston University in May. New York had dropped his first three games in his first season as an NHL head coach.
KINGS 3, CANADIENS 0
MONTREAL (AP) — Jack Campbell made 40 saves for his first career shutout and Los Angeles spoiled Montreal’s home opener.
BRUINS 3, OILERS 1
BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand and Joakim Nordstrom scored in a 36-second span in the first period and Jaroslav Halak stopped 25 shots to help Boston beat Edmonton.
PREDATORS 3, JETS 0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne made 29 saves for his 52nd career shutout, leading Nashville past Winnipeg.
WILD 4, BLACKHAWKS 3, OT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Suter tied it with 23 seconds left in the third period and Jason Zucker scored in overtime, rallying Minnesota past Chicago.
BLUES 5, FLAMES 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Perron scored his fourth career hat trick, Alexander Steen had a goal and an assist, and St. Louis beat Calgary for its first victory of the season.
Joel Edmundson also scored, Brayden Schenn had three assists, and Jake Allen made 31 saves.
DEVILS 6, CAPITALS 0
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Kyle Palmieri scored twice, Keith Kinkaid made 21 saves and New Jersey celebrated its home opener with the blowout victory over Stanley Cup champs.
CANUCKS 4, LIGHTNING 1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Elias Petterson and Brock Boeser scored 1:10 apart in the third period and Jake Virtanen and Markus Granlund added empty-net goals for Vancouver.
in Vancouver’s victory over Tampa Bay.