Bruins 6, Canucks 3
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Patrice Bergeron made his season debut for Boston and showed no lingering effects from offseason surgery, finishing with a goal and three assists in the Bruins' victory over Vancouver on Thursday night.
"I was ready to go," said Bergeron, who missed the first five games of the season while still recovering from surgery on a sports hernia. "You don't know what to expect obviously. You're trying to hope for the best, but, you know, I don't want to say I was surprised because you want to be at your best every time you step on the ice."
Anders Bjork scored twice, Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists, and David Krejci and David Pastrnak each had a goal and an assist.
After starting the season 2-3, the Bruins were ready to welcome back their top-line center.
"It's incredible, the way he came back and dominated the game after being out for that long," said Marchand, who helped set up Bergeron's goal at 11:53 in the third. "He's able to calm things down in the room, on the bench, and he leads by example. You know, he just does everything that a top guy does."
The Bruins scored five straight goals after falling behind 1-0 early in the first period, three of them on a five-minute major and finished 4-for-8 on the power play.
Anton Khudobin made 26 saves for Boston while starting in place of Tuukka Rask, who is out indefinitely with a concussion he suffered in practice Wednesday.
Derek Dorsett, Bo Horvat and Thomas Vanek scored for the Canucks, and Michael Del Zotto had two assists. After falling behind 5-1, Vancouver had cut the deficit to 5-3 by the end of the second period before Bergeron scored on a one-timer off a feed from Pastrnak for a power-play goal at 11:53 in the third.
"Our penalty kill wasn't great tonight," Vancouver coach Travis Green said. "Any time you give up four goals on the power play on the road you're not going to win too many hockey games."
The Bruins scored three power-play goals in the first after Erik Gudbranson was called for a boarding major for a hit from behind on Frank Vatrano 6:13 into the game. Gudbranson also received a game misconduct and a fighting major when Tim Schaller stepped in for his fallen teammate.
"Schallsy did an awesome job stepping up there," Marchand said. "The power play did a great job of kind of taking over that game and giving us a big enough cushion that was tough for them to come back from."
Boston capitalized on the major penalty with three goals. Pastrnak gave Boston its first lead when he took the puck end-to-end and split a pair of Vancouver defenders in front of the net and beat Jacob Markstrom 9:03 into the first. Just after the faceoff, Boston was right back in the Canucks zone and Bjork scored his second of the game on a snap shot from the circle at 9:26 of the first off a setup from Krejci.
Still on the major power play, the Bruins scored again 1:24 later when a long rebound off a shot by Bergeron bounced right to Krejci at the left circle and he knocked in the puck for his first goal of the season.
"It was good that we were able to kind of find our groove again. You know, we were really good last year and we've struggled a bit early on here," Marchand said.
Bergeron got his second assist of the night on Krejci's goal and added a third at 10:05 of the second period when Marchand's wrist shot from the right circle beat Anders Nilsson, who replaced Markstrom after the first.
Bergeron also assisted on Bjork's first goal, which tied it at 1-all 3:29 into the game, and added his first goal of the season with a one-timer from in front at 11:53 of the third to put Boston up 6-3. Pastrnak and Marchand assisted on the goal, which moved Bergeron past Ken Hodge to No. 7 on the Bruins' scoring list with 675 points.
Nilsson finished with 16 saves on 18 shots. Markstrom was pulled after allowing four goals on 17 shots in the first.
Islanders 4, Rangers 3 (SO)
John Tavares came through in the shootout and helped the New York Islanders keep up their recent domination of their struggling crosstown rivals.
Tavares got the deciding goal in the shootout to lift the Islanders to a win, beating the Rangers for the eighth time in the last nine games. Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal scored in regulation, and Jaroslav Halak stopped 38 shots as the Islanders recovered after blowing a two-goal lead in the third to finish 2-2-0 on a four-game trip.
"They found some momentum and some energy and brought a lot (in the third period), but we did a good job for the most part to get it to overtime, get a point and find a way in the shootout," Tavares said.
David Desharnais, Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes scored, and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 35 saves for the Rangers, who earned a point for the second straight game but lost their fifth straight (0-3-2) to fall to 1-5-2. It's their fewest points after eight games since they were 1-6-1 to start the 1959-60 season. Back then, teams got a point for a tie, and there was no overtime or shootouts.
Jordan Eberle scored for the Islanders and Zuccarello got one for the Rangers in the first round of the shootout. Halak then stopped Mika Zibanejad and, after Tavares scored, Halak denied Desharnais to secure the win.
"He's a confident goaltender," Islanders coach Doug Weight said of Halak. "He doesn't get too rattled. It was a big win, and he was a big part of it."
The Rangers trailed 3-1 after two periods and pulled within one about 3 1/2 minutes into the third. Brandan Smith rushed up the ice and tried to send a pass across in front to Hayes. Lee got his stick on the puck to block the pass, but Zuccarello swooped in and put it past Halak.
Smith appeared to tie it with about 7:53 left when the puck went off his left skate, then his right skate and in. The goal was disallowed after a video review because officials ruled he had kicked the puck in.
Hayes tied it about two minutes later on a backhander at a sharp angle as he passed the goal line.
"We battled back again tonight," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "We buckled down, our guys worked extremely hard. Maybe our execution might not be perfect, but the work ethic in that room and the commitment to try and play the right way is there."
Barzal gave the Islanders a 3-1 lead with his first career goal early in the second. The 20-year-old skated around Rick Nash, went in on Lundqvist and chipped it over the goalie's glove at 1:15. Teammate Josh Bailey then retrieved the puck for Barzal, who was playing in his ninth NHL game.
Lee got the Islanders on the scoreboard first with their first power-play goal of the season as he put in a diving rebound of a shot by Ryan Pulock, who was making his season debut, past Lundqvist 2:40 into the game. The Islanders came in 0 for 20 with the man advantage over their first six games.
"We made a couple of adjustments, some things we wanted to emphasize," Tavares said of the Islanders' power play. "It was a good job, nice to obviously get one and get that monkey off our back. Hopefully it leads to some more good opportunities and some more results."
Desharnais tied it at 5:02 when he tipped a shot by Kevin Shattenkirk from the right point past Halak.
Nelson put the Islanders back in front just 1:04 later, shooting a wrist shot past three players into the upper left corner past a screened Lundqvist. It was Nelson's fourth of the season and the 13th first-period goal allowed by the Rangers.
"I've got to be better, as a group we got to be better," Lundqvist said. "Just really focus on the first 10 (minutes) to give ourselves a chance to feel good about ourselves. But still, being down 3-1, we stick to our system and played a really strong third."
Devils 5, Senators 4 (OT)
Nico Hischier got his first NHL goal amid a memorable rally for New Jersey.
John Moore scored 1:20 into overtime and the Devils used three straight goals to beat Ottawa.
Hischier, the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, scored twice for New Jersey. The Swiss center's opening goal was the first of his NHL career.
"It was a big goal for our team at the moment and a moment I'm sure he'll remember for a long time," Devils forward Taylor Hall said. "It's fun to be a part of those moments, especially with a guy who's going to be in the league as long as he is."
Kyle Palmieri and Marcus Johansson also scored for the Devils, who improved to 4-0-0 on the road and 6-1-0 overall. It's New Jersey's best start since going 6-1-0 in 2002-03.
"There's no quit in here and we were able to regroup and come back with a strong third and get some good bounces to lead us into OT," Moore said.
Cory Schneider allowed four goals on 24 shots before leaving with a lower-body injury. Keith Kinkaid started the third period and stopped nine shots. Hall chipped in with four assists.
Kyle Turris, Derick Brassard, Alex Burrows and Tom Pyatt scored for the Senators, and Craig Anderson made 41 saves.
"They're relentless," Boucher said of the Devils. "It's pucks on net constantly. They're really good first on puck so they're extremely hard to play against.
"It's too bad because we did a lot of good things in this game."
With Ottawa leading 4-2, the Devils made it a one-goal game early in the third when Palmieri was able to slip behind the Ottawa defense and beat Anderson high after a collision just inside the blue line.
The Devils tied it with under five minutes remaining when Ottawa's defensemen were caught behind the net, leaving Johansson all alone out front.
Trailing 2-1 to start the second, the Senators came back to lead 4-2 after 40 minutes.
Brassard, pushing hard to the net, tied it after taking a great feed from Bobby Ryan for his fourth of the season.
The Senators took the lead on Burrows' 200th career goal. Karlsson made a slick pass to Burrows out front to beat Schneider short side. It was Ottawa's second power-play goal of the game.
Ottawa made it 4-2 when Nate Thompson worked to keep puck down low before Pyatt was able to use a little spin to reach for the far side of the net.
The opening period featured three goals in the opening 4:21. Hischier scored his first two goals, while Turris replied for the Senators on the power play.
The Senators defensemen struggled at times to contain the Devils speedy forwards, leaving Anderson to make a number of big stops.
Ottawa forward Zack Smith left the game early in the second period and did not return due to an upper-body injury.
Oilers 2, Blackhawks 1 (OT)
Mark Letestu scored on a power play with 15.8 seconds left in overtime to give Edmonton a victory over Chicago.
Letestu beat Anton Forsberg on the short side with a one-time shot from the left circle after taking a pass from Oscar Klefbom. Edmonton's 4-on-3 advantage was set up after Patrick Kane was called for hooking at 3:45.
Edmonton's Cam Talbot made 30 straight saves after giving up a fluke goal to Kane on Chicago's first shot. The Oilers snapped a four-game losing streak.
Anton Forsberg, Chicago's backup, stopped 40 shots in his second start this season, but the Blackhawks lost their second straight and third in four games. No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford got the night off following a 5-2 loss at St. Louis on Wednesday night.
Edmonton's Patrick Maroon scored late in the first period.
Edmonton's Connor McDavid had two assists, including setting up Maroon with sensational spinning move and pinpoint backhand pass. McDavid has five assists in his last four games, but last season's MVP and leading scorer, doesn't have a goal since netting all three in Edmonton's season-opening 3-0 victory over Calgary.
Chicago failed to convert five power plays, including a 56-second 5-on-3 advantage.
Lightning 2, Blue Jackets 0
Defenseman Mikhail Sergachev scored his first two NHL goals and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 43 saves for his fifth career shutout in Tampa Bay's victory over Columbus.
Nikita Kucherov assisted on both goals to push his NHL-leading points total to 14. His goals streak was stopped at seven games.
The Lightning took advantage of the few openings offered by Sergei Bobrovsky, who stopped 19 shots for the Blue Jackets and lost for the first time this season. Columbus had won four straight.
The Lightning, coming off an overtime loss to New Jersey on Tuesday night, improved to 6-1-1 for their best start opening 7-0-1 in their Stanley Cup-winning 2003-04 season.
Columbus dropped to 5-2-0.
Blues 4, Avalanche 3
Jaden Schwartz and Vince Dunn scored 52 seconds apart in the second period and St. Louis overcame three crazy plays down the stretch to beat Colorado.
Paul Stastny added a goal and an assist to give him 601 career points. The 600-point plateau runs in Stastny family, with father Peter recording 1,239 points and uncle Anton accumulating 636.
Schwartz followed up his hat trick in a 5-2 victory over Chicago on Wednesday night with another goal. He beat Jonathan Bernier with a shot while tumbling to the ice.
Robert Bortuzzo also scored for the Blues.
Blake Comeau scored an unusual goal with goaltender Carter Hutton on the ice after his defenseman crashed into him and Alexander Kerfoot scored twice, including one off a funny carom in the third period.
Predators 1, Flyers 0
Pekka Rinne stopped 28 shots and Colton Sissons scored in the third period to lift Nashville past Philadelphia.
Sissons got his second goal of the season early in the third, giving the Western Conference champions their fourth win in five games. Rinne had 44th career shutout and first of the season.
The Flyers had combined for 13 goals in their first two home games and scored 26 overall in their first six games.
Hurricanes 2, Flames 1
Jeff Skinner had a goal and an assist to help Carolina beat Calgary.
Skinner opened the scoring in the second and set up Justin Williams' goal 1:09 into the third.
Williams scored his first of the season on the power play when he got the puck near the faceoff dot and, as goalie Mike Smith stacked his pads, the veteran put a shot under the crossbar.
Sean Monahan scored for Calgary.
Carolina improved to 3-1-1 overall and 2-1-0 on a four-game trip.
Stars 5, Coyotes 4
Tyler Seguin scored a pair of third-period goals and Dallas held off Arizona, sending the winless Coyotes to their seventh straight defeat to begin the season.
Seguin put in the rebound of Jamie Benn's shot at 8:20 of the third, less than 90 seconds after the Coyotes had pulled even. He added his fifth of the season with 2:54 left to make it 5-3.
Clayton Keller scored his second goal of the game with 22 seconds left to trim the margin to one. Derek Stepan also scored twice for Arizona (0-6-1), the only NHL team without a victory.
Benn had a goal and two assists as Dallas beat the Coyotes for the second time in three days.
Stepan scored his first two goals for Arizona. The veteran center arrived in an offseason trade with the New York Rangers and scored in each of the first two periods.
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