DALLAS (AP) Jason Spezza scored three goals, including the tiebreaker late in the third period, and the Dallas Stars spoiled Connor McDavid’s first NHL goal with a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Spezza’s go-ahead goal for a 3-2 lead with 4:30 remaining came moments after Kari Lehtonen stopped Nail Yakupov on a breakaway. Lehtonen made his season debut after backing up Antti Niemi in the first two games.
The Stars had 52 shots, their most since getting 55 in a 3-3 tie with Los Angeles on Nov. 8, 1995. Spezza finished off the hat trick with an empty-net goal.
McDavid, selected No. 1 overall in the June draft, scored in the second period to pull the Oilers even at 2 after they had fallen behind 2-0.
McDavid almost scored Edmonton’s first goal when he appeared to tip a shot by defenseman Oscar Klefbom, who got credit for the goal. But McDavid didn’t have to wait much longer, redirecting a long shot by Andrej Sekera past Lehtonen less than 2 minutes later midway through the second period.
McDavid struggled in the faceoff circle again, winning just three of nine to put him at 8 of 33 for the season. He had three shots in 16 minutes.
Jamie Benn also scored for Dallas. Klefbom had a goal for the Oilers.
CANADIENS 3, PENGUINS 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Tomas Fleischmann finished an odd-man rush with his first goal of the season early in the third period and Montreal beat Pittsburgh.
Fleischmann scored off a feed from David Desharnais to help Montreal wrap up its season-opening trip at 4-0-0 and drop Pittsburgh to 0-3-0.
Max Pacioretty scored twice for the Canadiens, and Carey Price finished with 31 saves.
Beau Bennett and Kris Letang scored for Pittsburgh. Phil Kessel had up an assist in his home debut with the Penguins, who picked the All-Star forward up over the summer in a blockbuster trade with Toronto.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots for the Penguins.
SHARKS 5, CAPITALS 0
WASHINGTON (AP) – Martin Jones made 31 saves for his second straight shutout and San Jose took advantage of Alex Ovechkin’s absence from Washington’s lineup.
The Sharks improved to 3-0-0 and have outscored their opponents 12-1. Jones allowed a goal on the first shot he faced this season, but has blanked opponents for the following 178 minutes, 11 seconds.
Matt Nieto and Chris Tierney each had a goal and an assist, and Joe Thornton, Mike Brown and Tomas Hertl added goals.
Ovechkin missed the game because of personal reasons. The Capitals sent out a note on Twitter about 35 minutes before the game saying the Russian star would not play. Ovechkin had a goal and an assist Saturday night in Washington’s season-opening victory over New Jersey.
CANUCKS 3, KINGS 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Ryan Miller made 15 saves in his 36th career shutout, Adam Cracknell scored his second goal in two games, and Vancouver beat winless Los Angeles.
Alexander Edler scored and Derek Dorsett added an empty-net goal for the Canucks, who followed up a 2-1 shootout win over Anaheim on Monday night by improving to 3-0-1.
Miller is off to a strong start after matching his career high with six shutouts last season, his first with the Canucks. Jonathan Quick stopped 23 shots for struggling Los Angeles, which has been outscored 11-2 while losing three straight home games to open the season.
PREDATORS 3, DEVILS 1
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Pekka Rinne made 22 saves and Nashville ran its season-opening winning streak to three with a victory over struggling New Jersey.
Roman Josi had a power-play goal in the first period and added a short-handed empty netter in the third. Eric Nystrom also had an empty-net goal for the Predators, off to their best start since 2010-11.
Rinne has played a major role in that success, allowing only two goals so far. Playing his club-record 384th game, he lost his shutout when Kyle Palmieri scored on a power play with 1:40 left.
New Jersey has lost all three if its games, leaving the tandem of general manager Ray Shero and coach John Hynes looking for their first wins since taking over in the off season.
PANTHERS 4, HURRICANES 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Connor Brickley scored his first NHL goal, Alexsander Barkov gave Florida a two-goal lead 50 seconds later in the third period and Panthers beat Carolina.
Nick Bjugstad opened the scoring in the first period, former Hurricanes forward Jussi Jokinen added an empty-net goal with 1:47 left, and Al Montoya made 25 saves to help Florida improve to 2-1-0.
Jaromir Jagr assisted on Barkov’s goal for his 1,809th career point.
Elias Lindholm scored for Carolina in the second period, and Eddie Lack made 22 saves in his first start of the season. The Hurricanes dropped to 0-3-0.
JETS 4, RANGERS 1
NEW YORK (AP) – Brian Little scored twice, Michael Hutchinson made 40 saves and Winnipeg beat New York to finish 3-1-0 in its openging trip.
Nikolaj Ehlers and Mark Stuart also scored for the Jets.
Mats Zuccarello scored for New York, and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves. The Rangers dropped to 3-1-0.
RED WINGS 3, LIGHTNING 1
DETROIT (AP) – Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist, Jimmy Howard made 20 saves and Detroit beat Tampa Bay to improve to 3-0-0.
Gustav Nyquist and Kyle Quincey also scored for Detroit.
Ryan Callahan scored for Tampa Bay, and Ben Bishop made 21 saves. The Lightning are 3-1-0.
BLUES 4, FLAMES 3
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Colton Parayko scored his first two NHL goals to lead St. Louis past Calgary.
The 22-year-old defenseman broke a 2-2 tie on a power play at 4:47 of the second period on a 55-foot wrist shot that eluded goalie Jonas Hiller. Parakyo scored again with 32 seconds left in the second on another long shot, this one changing directions slightly on the way and slipping under Hiller’s arm.
Troy Brouwer and Scottie Upshall also scored for the Blues. Mason Raymond, Jiri Hudler and David Jones scored for Calgary.