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, the latest setback during a forgettable early opening quarter of the season for the perennial Stanley Cup contenders.Crosby provided Pittsburgh with a needed spark. He set up Jake Guentzel for a goal less than 4 minutes into the game and provided a highlight-reel marker later in the opening period when he raced to the net and smacked in a rebound past Anton Khudobin to give Pittsburgh a three-goal lead.Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist and Tanner Pearson also scored for the Penguins. Two days after letting a 4-1 advantage disappear in a loss to Buffalo, Pittsburgh clamped down on the Stars. Casey DeSmith was rarely tested early and finished with 18 saves.Mattias Janmark spoiled DeSmith’s bid for a shutout with a third-period goal. Khudobin was pulled after Pearson beat him with a slap shot on the breakaway made it 5-0. Khudobin stopped just 11 of 16 shots. Rookie Landon Bow stopped 14 shots in his NHL debut.LIGHTNING 7, PANTHERS 3TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos had a goal and three assists and Tampa Bay beat Florida to reclaimed the top spot in the Eastern Conference.Nikita Kucherov and Ryan McDonagh each had a goal and two assists. Mathieu Joseph, Yanni Gourde, Adam Erne and Dan Giradi also scored, J.T. Miller had three assists, and Louis Domingue made 40 saves. The Lightning are 11-1-1 at home against Florida since the start of the 2013-14 season.Panthers left wing Mike Hoffman extended his points streak to 17 games (10 goals, 20 points) with a late third-period power-play goal. He is the fifth player in NHL history to have a points streak of at least 17 games in his first season with a franchise.Troy Brouwer and Aleksander Barkov also scored for the Panthers.RANGERS 5, ISLANDERS 0NEW YORK (AP) — Alexandar Georgiev stopped 29 shots for his first career shutout, Filip Chytil scored for the fifth straight game, and the Rangers beat the crosstown-rival Islanders.Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist, and Cody McLeod, Neal Pionk and Kevin Hayes also scored to help the Rangers win for the ninth time in 11 games (9-1-1). Kevin Shattenkirk and Mika Zibanejad each added two assists in the Rangers’ seventh straight win at home, now by a combined 26-10 margin.The Rangers ended an eight-game skid (0-7-1) to the Islanders, who had won 12 of the previous 13 meetings, including a 7-5 win at home last Thursday night.CAPITALS 4, BLACKHAWKS 2WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Wilson, Andre Burakovsky and Michal Kempny scored to give Washington an early lead, and the Capitals held off Chicago.Devante Smith-Pelly also scored and Braden Holtby stopped 37 shots to help Washington win its third straight. Brandon Saad, Erik Gustafsson scored for Chicago.Wilson, playing in just his fifth game after sitting out the first 16 because of a suspension, scored his second goal of the season just 54 seconds in after upending Chicago goalie Corey Crawford.SABRES 5, FLYERS 2BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Evan Rodrigues had a goal and an assist in Buffalo’s four-goal first period, and the Sabres extended their NHL-best winning streak to seven games.Buffalo has its longest run since taking 10 games in a row to open the 2006-07 season.Jeff Skinner Columbus Blue Jackets Hats Authentic
, Tage Thompson and Johan Larsson also scored in the opening period for the Sabres. Sam Reinhart added an empty-net goal in the third, and Carter Hutton made 23 saves.Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds scored for Philadelphia.DUCKS 4, CANUCKS 3ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, John Gibson made 25 saves for his 100th career victory and Anaheim snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over skidding Vancouver.Ondrej Kase, Adam Henrique and Kalle Kossila also scored for the Ducks, who had lost 12 of 15 since the last time they scored four goals in a game back on Oct. 17.Bo Horvat, Derrick Pouliot and Jake Virtanen scored in the Canucks’ seventh consecutive loss. Jacob Markstrom stopped 32 shots as Vancouver failed to rally from a late two-goal deficit and remained winless since Nov. 8.FLAMES 6, JETS 3CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Sam Bennett had the go-ahead goal and Calgary scored five times in the first period again to beat Winnipeg.Dillon Dube, Matthew Tkachuk, Mark Jankowski, Johnny Gaudreau and Derek Ryan also scored for the Flames (13-8-1), who moved back into first place in the Pacific Division.Calgary became the fourth team in NHL history and first in nearly 30 years to score five or more goals in consecutive first periods. The Flames also scored five times in the first Monday against Vegas in a 7-2 win.Making his third consecutive start with struggling Mike Smith on the bench, David Rittich finished with 37 saves to improve to 8-1-0. He’s won five straight.Patrik Laine scored two goals and Brandon Tanev had the other one for Winnipeg (12-6-2).AVALANCHE 7, KINGS 3LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon, Vladislav Kamenev and Colin Wilson scored power-play goals for Colorado. The Avalanche have scored three power-play goals in two of four games, going 8 of 11 with the man advantage in that span.Patrik Nemeth, Tyson Barrie, Nikita Zadorov and Matt Calvert scored at even strength. Alexander Kerfoot had three assists, and Mikko Rantanen remained the league’s scoring leader with two assists to increase his total to 34 points. Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves.Kyle Clifford, Matt Luff and Austin Wagner scored for Los Angeles. Cal Petersen allowed six goals on 31 shots before leaving early in the third.HURRICANES 5, MAPLE LEAFS 2RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Trevor van Riemsdyk and Justin Williams scored 22 seconds apart in the first period, sending Carolina past Toronto.Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves to help Carolina snap Toronto’s four-game winning streak. Micheal Ferland, Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov also scored.John Tavares and Kasperi Kapanen scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs are 9-2 on the road.RED WINGS 3, BRUINS 2 Custom Columbus Blue Jackets Jerseys
, OTDETROIT (AP) — Andreas Athanasiou tied it midway through the third period and scored 49 seconds into overtime to lift Detroit past Boston.Jimmy Howard stopped 34 shots and Tyler Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit. The Red Wings have won nine of 11 and are over .500 (10-9-2) for the first time this season.Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Chris Wagner scored for Boston.DEVILS 5, CANADIENS 2NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Pavel Zacha scored twice, Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist, and New Jersey beat Montreal.Kyle Palmieri and Nico Hischier also scored for the Devils, and Keith Kinkaid stopped 24 shots to end the team’s two-game skid. Jonathan Drouin and Max Domi scored for Montreal. Domi has a point in 11 straight games. Carey Price made 23 saves.PREDATORS 4, BLUES 1NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne made 28 saves to set an NHL record for wins by a goalie from Finland, and Nashville spoiled Craig Berube’s first game as St. Louis’ coach.Rinne earned his 320th career victory, surpassing Miikka Kiprusoff for most by a Finnish-born goaltender. Frederick Gaudreau, Filip Forsberg, Austin Watson and Ryan Ellis scored for Nashville.Robert Thomas had the lone goal for the Blues. Berube took over as interim head coach Monday night when Mike Yeo was fired.WILD 6, SENATORS 4ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal scored his second goal of the game with 5:58 left and Minnesota overcame a sloppy third period to beat Ottawa.Matt Dumba also scored twice to help the Wild end a two-game slide and win for the 12th time in 17 games. Mikael Granlund had three assists.Chris Tierney, Thomas Chabot, Christian Jaros and Colin White scored for Ottawa.GOLDEN KNIGHTS 3, COYOTES 2, OTGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Max Pacioretty stuffed in a rebound at 3:36 of overtime to lift Vegas past Arizona.Pacioretty also scored in the second period, Tomas Nosek had a goal and Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves. Derek Stepan scored twice for Arizona, and Darcy Kuemper had 20 saves. GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Already down a goalie, the New Jersey Devils watched MacKenzie Blackwood leave in the first period with a lower-body injury.Keith Kinkaid filled in nicely for someone who hadn’t played in four games.Kinkaid stopped 21 shots and had two saves in a shootout, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night.“It was nice to see Keith come in and he was strong for us,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “He got better and better as the game went on.”Kinkaid started the season as New Jersey’s No. 1 goalie, but the Devils have been riding Blackwood’s recent success with Cory Schneider out.Blackwood, making his seventh start in nine games seemed to tweak his leg midway through the first period and was replaced by Kinkaid late. Kinkaid gave up goals to Conor Garland and Christian Fischer in regulation www.officialstarsproonline.com
, but stopped Alex Galchenyuk and Nick Cousins in the shootout.Kyle Palmeiri and Drew Stafford scored in the shootout for the Devils, who have won four of six.In regulation, New Jersey’s Nico Hischier scored his 11th goal on a shot that didn’t go into the net and Blake Coleman had his 12th of the season.“It was a good effort,” Stafford said. “It wasn’t the prettiest game, but we found a way.”Arizona’s Darcy Kuemper made a pair of spectacular saves in overtime, swiping a puck out of the crease after it trickled through on one, snatching another shot from a seated position on another. He allowed goals on the two shots he faced in the shootout and finished with 33 saves.The injury-depleted Coyotes went 0 for 5 on the power play, including a lengthy 5 on 3, and have lost 11 of 15.“Five, six regulars out, I hate to keep saying it,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. “We worked hard, but you could tell the skill level wasn’t there sometimes. We’re just grinding away.”The Devils scored a goal 1:05 into the game that never actually went into the net.New Jersey had a 2-on-1 after an Arizona neutral-zone turnover and Kyle Palmieri fed the puck to Hischier. Kuemper got a piece of Hischier’s shot and the puck shot in the air just as Arizona forward Clayton Keller crashed into the goal, dislodging it. Initially called no goal, the officials awarded it to Hischier upon review, ruling the puck would have gone in had Keller not knocked the goal off its moorings.“The puck was in the air, so I don’t think you can assume it wasn’t going to hit the top of the net,” Tocchet said. “It went to Toronto. I don’t know.”Garland tied it late in the first period, intercepting a pass by New Jersey’s Pavel Zacha in front of the crease and slipping the puck under Kinkaid’s left pad.Fischer put the Coyotes up midway through the second period, beating Kinkaid stick side with a wrister from the left circle.Coleman tied it late in the period, one-timing in a pass from Travis Zajac that hit Kuemper’s left pad and trickled through his legs.Kuemper made a spectacular save in the third period to prevent a short-handed goal, doing to splits to get a skate on Hischier’s breakaway attempt.It wasn’t enough. Arizona missed on some chances in the third period and overtime, and couldn’t get anything past Kinkaid in the shootout.“We were on the game, but I don’t think we do enough to win that game,” Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson said.NOTES: Arizona C Nick Schmaltz missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. He was placed on injured reserve on Thursday and is listed as week-to-week by the team. … Schneider missed his ninth straight game with a lower-body injury, but has been skating on his own. LW Taylor Hall missed his fifth straight with a lower-body injury.UP NEXTThe Devils: At Vegas on Sunday.The Coyotes: Host the New York Rangers on Sunday.