Toews completes hat trick in OT, Blackhawks beat Blues 5-4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jonathan Toews scored his third goal of the game 2:20 into overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 on Saturday night.
Toews tied it at 4 at 6:59 of the third period when he corralled the rebound of Alex DeBrincat's slap shot and pushed it past goalie Jake Allen. Toews scored the winner on a breakaway to give the Blackhawks their second consecutive overtime victory.
Chris Butler put the Blues ahead 4-3 in the third just 22 seconds after Vladimir Tarasenko's second goal. The goal was Butler's first in the NHL since March 7, 2015, at Toronto.
Cam Ward stopped 26 shots to improve to 2-0. Allen made 25 saves.
Tarasenko's second goal initially was not called a goal on the ice, but off-ice officials signaled to the referees to stop play for a video review 27 seconds after the puck entered the net.
Marcus Kruger and Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago.
Colton Parayko added a goal for the Blues, and Ryan O'Reilly had three assists.
CANADIENS 5, PENGUINS 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Paul Byron had two goals and added an assist in Montreal's victory over Pittsburgh.
Byron had his first multi-goal game since scoring a hat trick last December against Detroit.
Brendan Gallagher, Joel Armia and Charles Hudon also scored to help the Canadiens snap a five-game losing streak against Pittsburgh. It was Montreal's first win against Pittsburgh since Oct. 18, 2016.
Carey Price made 21 saves for his first win against Pittsburgh since Oct. 13, 2015.
Riley Sheahan scored for Pittsburgh. Kris Letang, a Montreal native, had an assist and passed Hall of Famer Paul Coffey for most points in team history by a defenseman with 441.
LIGHTNING 2, PANTHERS 1, SO
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — J.T Miller and Nikita Kucherov scored in the shootout and Tampa Bay beat Florida in the regular-season opener for both teams.
Florida goalie Roberto Luongo departed midway through the second period with a lower-body injury after teammate Frank Vatrano landed on his extended right leg during a scramble in front of the goal. The 39-year-old Luongo stopped all 13 shots he faced in just over 32 minutes.
Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 42 saves in regulation. He made one save in the shootout and had another shot hit the post.
The Lightning got a third-period, short-handed goal from Anthony Cirelli. Jacob MacDonald scored for the Panthers.
GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2, WILD 1, SO
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Erik Haula scored in the shootout and Vegas beat Minnesota.
Max Pacioretty scored his first goal for Vegas, tying it with 1:31 left in regulation. Marc Andre-Fleury made 29 saves for the Golden Knights.
Matt Dumba scored for Minnesota, which was the only team in the Western Conference to sweep Vegas last season. Devan Dubnyk stopped 41 shots.
STARS 5, JETS 1
DALLAS (AP) — Jamie Benn had two power-play goals, Tyler Seguin scored another and had a goal at even strength in Dallas' victory over Winnipeg.
Ben Bishop made 32 saves, allowing only Kyle Connor's goal.
Dallas dominated the first period with a 16-9 advantage in shots and two goals less than three minutes apart by Alexander Radulov and Seguin, the latter on the power play. Benn scored power-play goals in the second and third periods, and Seguin scored in the third. The Stars' top line accounted for all five goals and five assists. Seguin and Radulov each had two assists.
PREDATORS 4, ISLANDERS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson scored twice and Nashville spoiled New York's home opener.
Mattias Ekholm and Craig Smith also scored for Nashville, and P.K. Subban had two assists. Juuse Saros, starting in place of reigning Vezina Trophy winner Pekka Rinne, finished with 26 saves to help the Predators win their second straight to start the season.
Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assisst, and Valtteri Filppula and Anders Lee also scored for the Islanders. They were trying to get new coach Barry Trotz a win in his home debut.
SABRES 3, RANGERS 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Conor Sheary scored two goals, Carter Hutton made 43 saves and Buffalo beat New York for its first victory of the season.
Captain Jack Eichel added an empty-net goal in the final seconds. After being booed by their home fans in a shutout loss to Boston on Thursday night in the opener, the Sabres snapped a six-game losing streak at KeyBank Center dating to last season.
Brett Howden scored for New York.
DUCKS 1, COYOTES 0
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — John Gibson stopped 41 shots, rookie Max Comtois scored for the second straight game to open his NHL career and Anaheim beat Arizona.
The Ducks and Coyotes played a tight game until Comtois scored in the closing seconds of the second period. He had a goal 49 seconds into Anaheim's season-opening win over San Jose.
Anaheim had a penalty with 2:01 left in regulation and another with a minute left. Arizona pulled goalie Antti Raanta with about 30 seconds left to create a 6-on-3, but Gibson didn't let anything through for his 17th career shutout. Arizona was shut out in consecutive games to open a season for the first time in 39 years as a franchise after opening with a 3-0 loss to Dallas.
DEVILS 5, OILERS 2
GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AP) — Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac scored two goals each to lead New Jersey pasr Edmonton in the season-opener for both teams.
Stefan Noesen also scored, Miles Wood had two assists,and Keith Kinkaid made 17 saves.
Milan Lucic and Leon Draisaitl scored for Edmonton.
SENATORS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 3
TORONTO (AP) — Thomas Chabot had two goals and an assist, and Craig Anderson made 34 saves in Ottawa's victory over Toronto.
Dylan DeMelo and Chris Tierney, who were among the players acquired from the San Jose Sharks in a trade for Erik Karlsson, also scored for Ottawa. Mark Stone added an empty-net goal.
Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly each had a goal and an assist for Toronto.
AVALANCHE 5, FLYERS 2
DENVER (AP) — Colin Wilson scored two goals, Semyon Varlamov had 35 saves and Colorado beat Philadelphia.
Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist, and Gabriel Landeskog and J.T. Compher also scored. Sean Couturier and Mikhail Vorobyov scored for the Flyers.
FLAMES 7, CANUCKS 4
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Elias Lindholm scored his first two goals with Calgary and the Flames scored four unanswered goals in the third period for the win.
The Swede, acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes in a trade at the June draft, scored a power-play goal that was the eventual game-winner at 14:28 of the third period.
Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and two assists, joining Lindholm, who added an assist, in a three-point game.
Flames captain Mark Giordano and Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary, with Austin Czarnik and Michael Frolik adding empty-net goals. Matthew Tkachuk had four assists.
Flames starter Mike Smith made 16 saves for the win, while Jakob Markstrom had 30 saves in the loss.
Elias Pettersson scored two goals and assisted on another for the Canucks.