Connor McDavid scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with 10:16 remaining, and Leon Draisaitl collected two goals and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers dominated the third period and remained unbeaten with a 4-1 victory over the host New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon.
Oct 12, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) carries the puck as New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) pursues during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
The Oilers improved to 5-0 for the first time since the 1985-86 season and became the first team in NHL history to open a season with five straight wins while overcoming a deficit in each contest.
McDavid scored his fourth goal of the season and notched his seventh point on the power play after drawing an interference penalty on Brendan Lemieux. McDavid also scored 84 seconds after Edmonton killed off his tripping penalty.
New York was denied a 3-0 start after having six days off since a 4-1 win in Ottawa last Saturday. Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist finished with 23 saves, while Mike Smith stopped 20 shots for Edmonton.
Kings 7, Predators 4
Dustin Brown had a goal and two assists as Los Angeles won its home opener against Nashville.
The Kings scored three goals in the final minute — two on an empty net — after the Predators (3-2-0) tied the game with 8:30 to play. Los Angeles (2-2-0) blew a three-goal lead in the third period after Colton Sissons, Matt Duchene and Viktor Arvidsson scored to tie the game 4-4.
Jack Campbell, who picked up the Kings’ only win entering Saturday in his lone start this season, started against Nashville and made 28 saves. Juuse Saros made 30 saves in his second start this season for Nashville.
Avalanche 3, Coyotes 2 (OT)
Andre Burakovsky scored with 1:31 left in overtime, Pavel Francouz had 34 saves in his first NHL start, and Colorado beat Arizona in Denver to improve to 4-0-0.
Nazem Kadri and Tyson Jost scored 1:49 apart midway through the third period, and Cale Makar had two assists to help Colorado sweep its four-game homestand to open the season. The Avalanche have won 10 straight regular-season home games dating back to last season.
Michael Grabner and Nick Schmaltz scored, and Antti Raanta had 29 saves for Arizona.
Canadiens 6, Blues 3
Artturi Lehkonen jammed in a rebound off his own shot to break a 3-3 tie as Montreal scored four consecutive goals to pull out the victory over visiting St. Louis.
Brendan Gallagher and Max Domi also scored third period goals for the Habs. Tomas Tatar, Jonathan Drouin and Domi each had a goal and an assist, Gallagher also had two assists for a three-point game, and Phillip Danault scored a goal for Montreal, which snapped a two-game losing streak.
Brayden Schenn had a goal and an assist, and Sammy Blais and Vince Dunn also scored goals for St. Louis, which suffered its first regulation loss of the season. The defending Stanley Cup champions had scored a point in four straight games to begin the season to match a franchise record.
Penguins 7, Wild 4
Rookie Sam Lafferty and Adam Johnson scored their first NHL goals, and goalie Matt Murray earned his 100th career win as visiting Pittsburgh downed winless Minnesota.
Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, Johnson and Patric Hornqvist each had a goal and an assist, and Joseph Blandisi and Jake Guentzel also scored for the Penguins. Murray made 29 saves to improve to 100-44-14. He also got his fourth career assist.
Jared Spurgeon had a goal and two assists, Brad Hunt a goal and an assist, and Jason Zucker and Luke Kunin scored for the Wild in their home opener. Minnesota fell to 0-4-0.
Bruins 3, Devils 0
Tuukka Rask stopped all 31 shots he faced in his first shutout of the season as Boston beat visiting New Jersey.
Brad Marchand, Joakim Nordstrom and Patrice Bergeron scored as the Bruins (4-1-0) won for the fourth time in five games to begin the new year. Rask turned away just six shots in the third period to complete the shutout.
Cory Schneider made 29 saves for the Devils (0-3-2), who have dropped five straight to begin the season. New Jersey was shutout for the second time in four nights.
Jets 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)
Mark Scheifele scored on a one-timer 47 seconds into overtime to lift Winnipeg to a come-from-behind win at Chicago.
Blake Wheeler slipped a pass to Scheifele, who blasted a shot from the top of the left circle to cap the Jets’ comeback. Winnipeg (4-2-0) trailed 2-0 in the first before scoring the final three goals to earn its third straight win.
Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped 27 of 20 shots to improve to 3-1-0 on the season. Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner turned aside 30 of 33 shots in his team debut with Chicago.
Capitals 4, Stars 1
Defenseman John Carlson and winger Tom Wilson each collected a goal and an assist as Washington cruised past host Dallas.
Evgeny Kuznetsov and captain Alex Ovechkin (an empty-netter) also tallied, and Ilya Samsonov made 24 saves for the Capitals, who snapped a three-game winless skid (0-1-2) and avenged a 4-3 overtime loss to Dallas on Tuesday.
Radek Faksa scored on a wraparound at the seven-minute mark of the third period, and Anton Khudobin turned aside 21 shots for the Stars, who sustained just their second regulation loss to Washington in their last 18 games (13-2-3). The Stars dropped to 1-4-1 on the season.
Islanders 3, Panthers 2 (SO)
Brock Nelson scored the first — and only — goal in the shootout as New York edged Florida in Uniondale, N.Y.
Anders Lee and Josh Bailey scored for the Islanders, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Semyon Varlamov made 35 saves in regulation and overtime before stopping all three shots he faced in the shootout.
Denis Malgin and Evgenii Dadonov scored for the Panthers, who lost in the shootout for the second time in as many nights and have lost three in a row overall. Goalie Sam Montembeault recorded 26 saves in his first start of the season.
Blue Jackets 3, Hurricanes 2
Pierre-Luc Dubois scored 1:15 into the third period as Columbus handed Carolina its first loss of the season in Raleigh, N.C.
It also was the first victory in regulation for the Blue Jackets, who were in their fifth game. Markus Nutivaara and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored earlier for Columbus. Ryan Murray and Alexander Wennberg both had two assists for the Blue Jackets.
Erik Haula, who scored his team-leading fifth goal, and Dougie Hamilton scored for Carolina. Hamilton, a defenseman, has a career-long four-game goal streak.
Senators 4, Lightning 2
A three-point game for Vladislav Namestnikov led Ottawa over visiting Tampa Bay for its first victory of the season.
After twice surrendering leads in the game, the Senators went ahead for good when Namestnikov scored 16:57 into the final frame. Namestnikov added an empty-net goal in the final minute, and also collected an assist on Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s goal in the second period.
The Senators acquired Namestnikov in a trade with the Rangers on Monday, and the forward has already made an immediate impact with his new team. Namestnikov also collected an assist in his first game as a Senator, a 6-4 loss to the Blues on Thursday.
Golden Knights 6, Flames 2
Mark Stone and William Carrier each had a goal and an assist, and Marc-Andre Fleury had 33 saves as Vegas snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory over visiting Calgary.
Tomas Nosek, Paul Stastny, Ryan Reaves and Cody Glass also scored goals for the Golden Knights, who improved to 5-0 all-time against the Flames at T-Mobile Arena, outscoring them 21-7 in the process. Max Pacioretty added two assists for Vegas, which scored the final five goals of the game.
Rasmus Andersson and Johnny Gaudreau scored goals, and David Rittich finished with 24 saves for Calgary.
Maple Leafs 5, Red Wings 2
Nicholas Shore and Ilya Mikheyev each had a goal and an assist as Toronto turned a one-goal deficit into a blowout in Detroit.
Alexander Kerfoot, Jake Muzzin and Trevor Moore also scored for the Leafs, while Frederik Andersen made 25 saves. Jacob de la Rose had a goal and an assist for the Wings and Darren Helm also scored. Jimmy Howard stopped 36 shots.
Detroit scored first at 3:44, but the Leafs tied it by the end of the first period, carried a 2-1 lead into the third, and put the game away with a pair of goals in the final 6 1/2 minutes.
Canucks 3, Flyers 2 (SO)
Tanner Pearson scored in regulation and also netted the shootout winner as Vancouver defeated visiting Philadelphia.
Brock Boeser also scored for the Canucks, and goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves. Markstrom stopped Kevin Hayes’ shootout attempt to clinch the victory.
Carsen Twarynski and Oskar Lindblom scored for the Flyers. Carter Hart made 22 saves but failed in his bid to become the first goalie in NHL history age 21 or younger to win his team’s first three games of a season.
—Field Level Media