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Bruins 3, Devils 0

Tuukka Rask stopped 31 shots in his 46th career shutout, leading Boston to a victory over New Jersey to win its home opener on Saturday night.

Brad Marchand, Joakim Nordstrom and Patrice Bergeron all scored in the Bruins' first game on home ice since losing 4-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues in June. Boston won its first three road games this season before a 4-2 loss at Colorado on Thursday night.

Cory Schneider stopped 29 shots for the Devils, who are 0-3-2.

Boston took a 2-0 lead after one period with a pair of goals in the first 12 minutes.

Marchand put the Bruins on the scoreboard 3:33 in when he skated to the high slot and fired a wrist shot to beat a screened Schneider.

Nordstrom doubled the lead with 8:38 left in the period. Sean Kuraly corralled a rebound in the slot and backhanded the puck to Chris Wagner, whose pass in front of the crease was finished off by Nordstrom.

Bergeron made it 3-0 on a power-play goal with 46 seconds left in the second period, poking in a rebound of Marchand's shot from the right circle.

Rask turned away a handful of Devils' scoring chances during a second period mostly controlled by the visitors with a 16-9 shots advantage. He also stymied New Jersey in the third to pick up his first shutout of the season.

Oilers 4, Rangers 1

Connor McDavid scored the tiebreaking goal and Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist, all in the third period, and Edmonton beat New York for its season-opening fifth straight win.

Oscar Klefbom had a goal and an assist, McDavid also had an assist, and Mike Smith stopped 20 shots to help Edmonton complete a sweep of the New York area teams. The Oilers beat the Islanders 4-1 on Tuesday night, and then edged New Jersey 4-3 in a shootout Thursday night.

Edmonton, 5-0-0 for the first time in 34 years, became the first team in NHL history to win its first five games after trailing in each.

Rookie Kaapo Kakko had his first NHL goal for the Rangers, who had won their first two games but were playing for the first time in a week. Henrik Lundqvist finished with 23 saves.

With the score 1-1, Lundqvist made several nice saves early in the third to keep the score tied, and Edmonton's Matt Benning hit a goalpost at 5:15. New York's Artemi Panarin was stopped by Smith on a wide-open try from the left side 70 seconds later.

Edmonton then took the lead when McDavid was credited with a power-play goal at 9:44. His pass for Neal in front deflected off Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba's leg and past Lundqvist. It was McDavid's fourth of the season.

Draisaitl made it 3-1, knocking in a loose puck in front of Lundqvist with 6:42 left. Lundqvist appeared to believe he had smothered the puck, but officials didn't blow a whistle, and Draisaitl kept whacking at the puck.

The Rangers pulled Lundqvist for an extra skater, but Draisaitl got an empty-netter, his fourth goal of the season, with 15 seconds left to seal the win.

Trailing 1-0 after 20 minutes, the Oilers picked up their intensity in the second period. Draisaitl hit a goalpost 27 seconds into the period, and Edmonton had a goal waved off because Zack Kassian skated into Lundqvist in the crease.

Lundqvist made a sprawling save diving to his left to deny Alex Chiasson's tip try on a 2-on-1 about 4 1/2 minutes into the period to preserve the Rangers' lead.

However, Klefbom tied it at 6:45 as he got the puck off faceoff, skated to his right and fired a shot from the center of the blue line through traffic that beat Lundqvist for his first of the season.

Smith stopped slap shots by Panarin and Trouba about 90 seconds apart around the midpoint of the second, and one by Brady Skjei with just under 5 minutes left to keep the score tied.

Lundqvist was caught out of position up out of his crease when the puck deflected to Neal in front, but the goalie made a diving save with his glove.

The Rangers had a 5-on-3 advantage for about 40 seconds in the first period, but Smith denied Buchnevich from the middle nearly 7 minutes in. He then stopped Brendan Lemieux's tip 1:36 later, and the Rangers' Brendan Smith hit the crossbar just past the midpoint of the period.

Kakko, the second overall pick in June's NHL draft, gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead with 1:32 left in the first. On a give-and-go with Ryan Strome on an odd-man rush, Kakko got the puck back and went forehand to backhand and lifted the puck over a sprawled Smith for his first.

Late Friday

Hurricanes 5, Islanders 2

Dougie Hamilton and Andrei Svechnikov each had a goal and an assist as Carolina beat New York and improved to 5-0-0 for the first time in franchise history.

Teuvo Teravainen, Brett Pesce and Eric Haula also scored, and Nino Neiderreiter added a pair of assists for the Hurricanes, whose previous best start was 4-0-0 in 1995-96. Peter Mrazek stopped 17 of 19 shots in goal.

Brock Nelson had a goal and an assist, Johnny Boychuk scored and Jordan Eberle added two assists for the Islanders, who fell to 1-3-0 on the season.

The Islanders last faced Carolina in the second round of the playoffs in May. The Hurricanes swept New York in the series.

 

 

 

 

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