The Kings' Jeff Carter roofs a goal past Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk during the second period Thursday night in Edmonton.
Photograph by: Jason Franson, CP photo
ISLANDERS 7 MAPLE LEAFS 4
TORONTO, Ontario — Ironman Matt Moulson went on the offensive Thursday night for the New York Islanders.
The veteran forward scored twice in his 248th straight NHL game, helping the Islanders rally from an early 3-1 deficit to capture a 7-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"I had a bunch of chances the last couple of games, but couldn’t get anything to go in," Moulson said. "I just have to keep whacking away in front of the net."
Moulson, in his fifth NHL season and fourth with the Islanders, has yet to miss a game with New York. Only Billy Harris (576 games), Bob Nystrom (301) and Denis Potvin (262) have played in more consecutive contests in club history.
But it didn’t look good early for New York (2-1), which trailed 3-1 after the first period but gained momentum by killing off a two-man advantage late in the frame. After tying it up with two goals in the second, the Islanders took control by scoring four times in the third to open a five-game, eight-day road trip on a winning note.
Toronto (2-2) fell to 0-2 on home ice this season and returned to the Air Canada Centre following a solid 5-2 road victory in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. But that didn’t impress some among the ACC gathering of 19,125 who began chanting "Let’s go Blue Jays with 2:40 remaining.
"I think we saw one team last night and a totally different team tonight," Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle said. "We were out of it, we were out of sync."
Toronto finished the contest 0-5 on the power play, including 0-2 while enjoying a two-man advantage for a combined 52 seconds that left Carlyle shaking his head.
Michael Grabner, with two, Mark Streit and Keith Aucoin had the other Islanders goals.
Carl Gunnarsson, Nazem Kadri, Mikhail Grabovski and Matt Frattin replied for Toronto.
Grabner gave New York a 4-3 lead at 3:27 of the third, firing a wicked wrist shot past Ben Scrivens for his second of the season before Aucoin scored his first just 1:08 later to put the Islanders ahead 5-3. That was it for Scrivens, who allowed five goals on 20 shots in his third start of the season.
"I was seeing the puck well and in good position," Scrivens said. "Sometimes those things happen."
Scrivens was replaced by James Reimer, who got the win in Pittsburgh. But Reimer was beaten cleanly by Moulson’s wrist shot at 11:20 for his second of the season.
OILERS 2 KINGS 1 OT
EDMONTON — Sam Gagner scored the winner 3:01 into overtime as the Edmonton Oilers staged a dramatic rally to keep the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings winless with a wild 2-1 victory on Thursday.
Gagner snuck in from the point to score on the power play after the Kings were caught with too many men on the ice.
Nail Yakupov scored for the Oilers (2-1) with 4.7 seconds left in the third period. His exuberant celebration took him to centre ice where he dropped to his knees and slid into Edmonton’s defensive zone.
Jeff Carter scored the lone goal for the Kings (0-2-1), who are off to their first winless start to the season after three games since the 1985-86 season.
There was a crazy finish to regulation time in this one.
Edmonton looked to have tied it with 1:05 left on a goal by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins but after video review the officials ruled that Gagner was in the crease and the goal was not counted. Irate fans littered the ice with debris as they felt Rob Scuderi had pushed Gagner into Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick on the play.
However, the Oilers were able to draw even with just 4.7 seconds remaining to send it to extra time as Yakupov was able to bat down a rebound at the side of the net for his second of the season with Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk on the bench for the extra attacker.
SHARKS 5 COYOTES 3
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Patrick Marleau scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:53 remaining for his third straight two-goal game, helping the San Jose Sharks rally from a two-goal deficit to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-3 in their home opener Thursday night.
Logan Couture and Marty Havlat also scored and Joe Thornton had three assists and an empty-net goal for the Sharks, who have opened the season with three straight wins for the first time since 2008-09. Antti Niemi made 32 saves.
Steve Sullivan, Antoine Vermette and Lauri Korpikoski scored for the Coyotes, who were unable to hold onto a 3-1 lead in the third period on the back end of a back-to-back.
FLYERS 2 RANGERS 1
PHILADELPHIA — Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek scored to help the Philadelphia Flyers win their first game of the season, 2-1 over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
The Flyers not only avoided their first 0-4 start in team history, they beat the Rangers for the first time in two seasons. The Rangers defeated the Flyers all six games last season.
Taylor Pyatt scored his third of the season for New York.
Both teams are last in the Atlantic Division at 1-3.
The Rangers lost one night after earning their first win of the season, a 4-3 overtime victory at home against Boston.
CANADIENS 4 CAPITALS 1
WASHINGTON — Andrei Markov’s resurgence continued with a goal and an assist, and Montreal cruised past Washington, which is 0-3 for the first time in nearly two decades.
Finally healthy after twice tearing the ACL in his right knee, Markov was part of a second-period spree in which the Canadiens scored in all sorts of ways against a Capitals team that is out of sorts.
Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges scored for the Canadiens, and Carey Price made 30 saves.
The Capitals have been outscored 14-6 through three games, with seven of the opponents’ goals coming on power plays.
Joey Crabb’s goal with 2:23 to play was the lone goal for the Capitals, and two-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin remains without a goal on the season.
HURRICANES 6 SABRES 3
RALEIGH, N.C. — Eric Staal scored three goals, Jeff Skinner added two and Carolina earned its first victory of the season by handing Buffalo its first loss.
Skinner and Staal scored 9 seconds apart during Carolina’s four-goal second period that also included a short-handed score by Justin Faulk.
Jordan Staal, Joni Pitkanen and Zac Dalpe each had two assists, and Cam Ward made 30 saves for the Hurricanes, who were one of five winless teams and had two total goals in their first two games.
Jason Pominville’s second goal made it 4-3 with 13:54 left. Eric Staal restored Carolina’s two-goal lead by firing the puck past Jhonas Enroth at 10:34.
He then polished off his 13th career hat trick with an empty-netter with 1:28 left.
Cody Hodgson also scored and Thomas Vanek had two assists for the Sabres.
SENATORS 3 PANTHERS 1
SUNRISE, Fla. — Erik Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period and Ottawa won its third straight game to start the season, beating Florida.
Chris Phillips also scored for Ottawa, and Craig Anderson made 25 saves. Jason Spezza added an empty-net goal with 1:16 remaining.
Tomas Fleischmann scored and Jose Theodore stopped 34 shots for Florida. The defending Southeast Division champions fell to 1-3.
Ottawa has won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the teams.
Theodore stopped Guillaume Latendresse on a penalty shot with 9:11 left in the third period. Brian Campbell was called for hooking Latendresse as the Senators player skated in on goal.
BLUES 3 PREDATORS 0
ST. LOUIS — Patrik Berglund scored on a penalty shot and goalie Jaroslav Halak bounced back from a poor game to lead St. Louis over Nashville.
The Blues have won three of four this season, including a 4-3 shootout win at Nashville on Monday. Halak has two shutouts this season and 24 in his NHL career.
Vladimir Tarasenko and T.J. Oshie also scored for St. Louis, which has at least one point in 11 of 13 meetings with its Central Division rival.
The Predators lost for the first time in regulation this season. They began the campaign with shootout losses to Columbus and St. Louis.
Halak, who made 13 saves, was pulled three days earlier after allowing three goals on 11 shots in Nashville.
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