AROUND THE NHL | Thursday’s games

Penguins 4, Golden Knights 2


Phil Kessel scored a natural hat trick and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Vegas Golden Knights. Vegas scored the first goal of the game, and Kessel had the next three — with the final two coming on second-period breakaways. It was Kessel’s sixth career hat trick and first in four seasons with Pittsburgh. Jake Guentzel scored his third goal and Evgeni Malkin had three assists for the Penguins, who allowed 11 goals in their first two games. Casey DeSmith stopped 35 shots in his first regular-season start for Pittsburgh.

Blue Jackets 5, Panthers 4


Cam Atkinson scored with 2:46 left to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets to a victory over the Florida Panthers. With traffic in front of the net, Atkinson swept the puck past goalie James Reimer, who was flat on his back during the play. The Panthers challenged for goalie interference, but the goal stood. Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists for Columbus. Boone Jenner, Anthony Duclair and Zach Werenski also scored, and Joonas Korpisalo stopped 37 shots.

Predators 3, Jets 0


Pekka Rinne made 29 saves to lead the Nashville Predators to a victory over the Winnipeg Jets. The shutout was the 52nd of Rinne’s career. Ryan Hartman had a goal and an assist and Roman Josi and Ryan Johansen also scored for Nashville, which improved its record on the young season to 3-1-0. Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves for the Jets, now 2-2-0.

Kings 3, Canadiens 0


Jack Campbell made 40 saves for his first career shutout and the Los Angeles Kings beat Montreal to spoil the Canadiens’ home opener. Jeff Carter had a goal and assist, and Adrian Kempe and Michael Armadio also scored. Campbell made his eighth career NHL start, getting into action with starter Jonathan Quick day-to-day after sustaining a lower-body injury in practice Sunday.

Maple Leafs 5, Red Wings 3


Auston Matthews scored twice for a league-leading nine goals — tying an NHL record after five games — and helped the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings. Matthews joined Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Marleau, Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy as the players in league history to score nine times in their teams’ first five games. He is the third player in franchise history to score in its first five games of a season. Morgan Rielly had a goal and an assist, giving him 11 points to equal Bobby Orr’s strong start during the 1973-74 season.

Devils 6, Capitals 0


Kyle Palmieri scored twice and Keith Kinkaid made 21 saves as the New Jersey Devils celebrated their home opener with a victory over the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. Marcus Johansson, Blake Coleman, Jean-Sebastien Dea and Brian Boyle also scored for the Devils who are off to a 2-0-0 start. It was a rare victory for New Jersey in the series. Washington was 14-1-2 in the previous 17 meetings.

Canucks 4, Lightning 1


Elias Petterson and Brock Boeser scored 1:10 apart in the third period and Jake Virtanen and Markus Granlund added empty-net goals in the Vancouver Canucks’ victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Petterson scored his fourth goal in four games in his rookie season. Anders Nilsson made 33 saves in his season debut. Brayden Point scored his first goal of the season for the Lightning, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 24 saves.

Rangers 3, Sharks 2, OT


Brady Skjei buried a wrist shot 37 seconds into overtime and the New York Rangers beat the San Jose Sharks for coach David Quinn’s first career victory. New York’s Brendan Smith tied it at 2 with 2:39 remaining in the third with a one-timer from the slot. Pavel Buchnevich set it up with a backhand pass from behind the net. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 41 shots and Brett Howden also scored for the Rangers. Aaron Dell made 24 saves and Brent Burns had two assists for the Sharks. Marcus Sorensen and Joonas Donskoi scored in San Jose’s third stop of a four-game trip.

Avalanche 6, Sabres 1


Nathan MacKinnon scored twice to extend his season-opening goal streak to four games and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Buffalo Sabres. Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots to improve to 3-0. He’s allowed just four goals this season. Tyson Jost, Colin Wilson, Carl Soderberg and Alexander Kerfoot also scored, helping Colorado improve to 3-1 for the third straight year. Mikko Rantanen set up three goals and has six assists for the season.

Bruins 3, Oilers 1


Brad Marchand and Joakim Nordstrom scored in a 36-second span in the second period and Jaroslav Halak stopped 25 shots to help the Boston Bruins beat the Edmonton Oilers. David Pastrnak had his fourth goal of the season, and Patrice Bergeron added an empty-netter in the final minute. Connor McDavid scored his first goal of the season for the Oilers, and Cam Talbot had 28 saves.

Blues 5, Flames 3


David Perron scored his fourth career hat trick, Alexander Steen had a goal and an assist, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Calgary Flames. Joel Edmundson also scored and Brayden Schenn had three assists as the Blues won for the first time this season. Jake Allen made 31 saves. James Neal, Derek Ryan and Mikael Backlund scored for the Flames. Mike Smith was pulled following the second period after allowing five goals on 24 shots.

Wild 4, Blackhawks 3, OT


Ryan Suter tied it with 23 seconds left in the third period and Jason Zucker scored in overtime, rallying the Minnesota Wild past the Chicago Blackhawks. Zucker had two goals and an assist, including a breakaway backhander 3:25 into overtime. Zach Parise sent a long pass across the red line to a streaking Zucker, whose shot went between Cam Ward’s pads to give the Wild (1-1-1) their first win of the season.

Associated Press

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