Oilers 5, Islanders 2
After a rough season in Calgary, James Neal has rediscovered his scoring touch with Edmonton.
Neal had his first career four-goal game and the Oilers beat the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
Neal has six goals this season, all in the last two games, after totaling seven in 63 games with the Flames a year ago.
"I've scored (goals) my whole career," said Neal, a perennial 20-goal scorer who joined the Oilers in an offseason trade that sent Milan Lucic to Calgary. "Last year was a tough year and I wanted a chance to prove myself. ... I came here and had people that believed in me and believed that I could bounce back."
Neal scored twice in the Oilers' 6-5 over Los Angeles on Saturday night, and doubled that output against the Islanders.
"It's definitely pretty cool to have six goals in three games," he said. "It's a nice feeling."
Zack Kassian also scored as Edmonton won its first road game of the season and improved to 3-0 for the first time in 11 years. Connor McDavid had three assists, Leon Draisatl added two and Mikko Koskinen stopped 25 shots.
Anthony Beauvillier and Matt Martin scored for the Islanders. Semyon Varlamov started and was pulled in the second period after giving up four goals on 19 shots. Thomas Greiss came on and stopped seven of the eight shots he faced.
"I think we were looking for an easy game, and I'm disappointed with that that because we knew it wasn't going to be," Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. "Too many turnovers, too soft on the battle and (we) took too many penalties."
Beauvillier got the Islanders on the scoreboard first with a short-handed goal late in the opening period. Edmonton scored twice in the final 2:07 of the first to take the lead, and then padded it with two more in the second.
"It's the best game we've played so far," Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. "More towards the team game we're looking for. We worked hard, managed the puck pretty well most of the time. Discipline was pretty good, power play was pretty good."
With the Islanders trailing 2-1 after 20 minutes, Beauvillier nearly tied it three minutes into the middle period, but his shot was stopped by Koskinen.
Beauvillier was sent to the penalty box for cross-checking Darnell Nurse after Nurse had a hard hit on Leo Komarov, and the Oilers took advantage with their second power-play goal of the night. Neal completed his seventh career hat trick as he tipped in a pass from Draisaitl from the left side for his fifth of the season at 6:31 for a two-goal lead.
Edmonton pushed the lead to 4-1 just 2:15 later as Kassian tipped a pass by Draisaitl past Varlamov for his third of the season, ending Varlamov's night.
New York stepped up the pressure with some of its best chances of the game, but Koskinen stopped a slap shot by Ryan Pulock with 7:17 left in the period. A minute later, he turned away attempts by Adam Pelech, Pulock and Jordan Eberle 17 seconds apart.
Neal finished off his big night at 6:51 of the third for his sixth of the season to make it 5-1.
"You know he's capable of scoring, but I don't think anybody envisioned getting off to a start like this," Tippett said. "He put the work in. It's good to see he's getting rewarded."
Martin scored with 6:28 left, tipping a pass from rookie defenseman Noah Dobson in his NHL debut.
The Islanders got the first four shots on goal of the game before the Oilers got their first, 7½ minutes in. Edmonton held New York to just two more shots the rest of the period and finished the first with a 13-6 edge.
Beauvillier gave the Islanders the lead with 5:46 to go in the opening period, and Neal tied it with 2:07 left as he beat Varlamov from the right point.
Neal then put Edmonton ahead with a power-play goal after the Islanders' Brock Nelson was whistled for a double-minor for high-sticking. Neal, standing to the right side of the net in front of the goal line, got a pass from McDavid and quickly put it past Varlamov with 30.3 seconds to go in the first.
Hurricanes 6, Panthers 3
Ryan Dzingel scored two goals and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Florida Panthers 6-3 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory to begin the season, equaling the best start in franchise history.
Teuvo Teravainen and Jordan Staal each had a goal and an assist for Carolina, which scored four times in the first period and opened a 5-0 lead after 21½ minutes. Dougie Hamilton also scored, and Sebastian Aho added an empty-net goal. James Reimer stopped 47 shots against the team that traded him last summer.
Andrei Svechnikov and Haydn Fleury each had two assists as the Hurricanes matched the 4-0-0 start by the Hartford Whalers in 1995-96, before the club moved to Carolina.
Evgenii Dadonov, Keith Yandle and MacKenzie Weegar scored for the Panthers. Aleksander Barkov had two assists.
Stars 4, Capitals 3 (OT)
Tyler Seguin scored in overtime to give Dallas its first win of the season.
Seguin ended the Stars' season-opening, three-game losing streak 43 seconds into overtime off a pass from linemate Alexander Radulov. Dallas avoided a four-game skid to open a season that would've matched a franchise worst.
Radulov scored in the third period and Nick Caamano had the first of his NHL career. The Stars bounced back from Nicklas Backstrom's tying goal for Washington with 30 seconds left in regulation.
Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced, and Roope Hintz scored his fourth goal in as many games.
Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov scored less than five minutes into his season debut after being suspended the first three games for inappropriate conduct. Defenseman John Carlson also scored for Washington, which has lost back-to-back games in overtime.
Jets 4, Penguins 1
Ville Heinola scored his first NHL goal to lead Winnipeg past Pittsburgh.
The Jets got their first win in Pittsburgh since returning to the NHL as an expansion team in 2011.
Tucker Poolman scored his second NHL goal and Neal Pionk his second of the season as three defensemen scored for an inexperienced Jets blue line, which combined for 350 career NHL games.
Nikolaj Ehlers scored his first of the season, while Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele both had three assists for the Jets, who closed a season-opening, four-game road trip. Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves in his second start of the season.
Sidney Crosby scored his first of the season for Pittsburgh.
Predators 5, Sharks 2
Roman Josi scored two goals to lead Nashville past San Jose.
Kyle Turris, Filip Forsberg and Dante Fabbro also scored for the Predators, who have won two of three to start the season.
Brent Burns had a goal and an assist and Evander Kane also scored for the struggling Sharks, now 0-4.
Josi scored the game's first two goals, opening the scoring early in the opening period.
Ducks 3, Red Wings 1
Nick Ritchie scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, and Anaheim beat Detroit.
The Ducks improved to 3-0, matching the best start in franchise history. Anaheim also won its first three in 2006-07 and last season.
Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist and Rickard Rakell also scored for the Ducks. John Gibson made 31 saves.
Filip Hronek scored for Detroit, which lost for the first time this season. Jimmy Howard stopped 26 shots.
Kings 4, Flames 3 (OT)
Drew Doughty scored a power-play goal 50 seconds into overtime to give Los Angeles the victory over Calgary.
The Kings picked up their first win after falling 6-5 in their season opener to the host Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist, with Sean Walker and Ilya Kovalchuk also scoring for Los Angeles. Jack Campbell made 26 saves.
Matthew Tkachuk countered with two goals and an assist, and Noah Hanifin also scored for Calgary. David Rittich turned away 36 shots.
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