ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Thomas Vanek broke a tie in the second period and the Minnesota Wild beat Columbus 3-2 on Thursday night, pushing the Blue Jackets to 0-8-0 and spoiling John Tortorella’s debut.
Columbus’ start is the worst season-opening regulation losing streak in the NHL since the New York Rangers started 0-11-0 in 1943-44. Tortorella took over as coach Wednesday after Todd Richards was fired.
Zach Parise tied for the league lead with his sixth goal 5:04 in. After Alexander Wennberg and Brandon Dubinsky countered for Columbus, Nino Niederreiter tied it and Vanek scored the winner with 8:48 left in the second with his third goal of the season.
Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves for his fourth win in five games this season.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 20 saves for the Blue Jackets.
STARS 4, PENGUINS 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Jason Spezza scored his fifth goal of the season and Dallas beat Pittsburgh for its fifth straight victory.
Johnny Oduya and John Klinberg scored their first goals of the season and Mattias Janmark got his third, helping the Stars finish a perfect four-game trip. They are 6-1-0 overall.
Antti Niemi stopped 33 shots for his third victory of the season and fourth straight against Pittsburgh. Niemi made 37 saves in a 3-0 win over the Penguins two weeks ago in Dallas.
Nick Bonino scored for Pittsburgh. The Penguins (3-4-0) had won three straight.
Evgeni Malkin’s four-game points streak ended, as did his stretch of three straight games with a goal. The Penguins have scored 11 goals in their first seven games. They ended a five-game homestand, their longest this season, and will play six of their next seven on the road.
BLACKHAWKS 3, PANTHERS 2
CHICAGO (AP) – Patrick Kane and Brent Seabrook each had a goal and two assists and Chicago beat Florida in its first game since top defenseman Duncan Keith had surgery in his right knee.
Artem Anisimov also scored for the Stanley Cup champions, and Corey Crawford made 16 saves to improve to 5-1 in seven career starts against Florida. Keith had a meniscal tear repaired Tuesday, sidelining the two-time Norris Trophy winner for four to six weeks.
Jaromir Jagr and Vincent Trocheck scored for Florida. The Panthers have dropped three in a row.
CAPITALS 3, CANUCKS 2
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Alex Ovechkin broke a tie with 4:55 left and Washington Capitals beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Thursday night for their fourth straight victory.
Jay Beagle pulled Washington even at 5:42 of the third, and Ovechkin won it with his fifth goal of the season. Jason Chimera scored in the first for the Capitals, but Radim Vrbata and Henrik Sedin each had a goal and an assist in the second for Vancouver.
Washington’s Braden Holtby made 23 saves. He stopped Daniel Sedin on a 2-on-1 midway through the third, and made a save against Bo Horvat with less than 7 minutes left.
Washington is 5-1-0 and has beaten Chicago, Carolina and Calgary on its streak.
RANGERS 4, COYOTES 1
NEW YORK (AP) – Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves and Kevin Hayes broke a tie early in the third period in New York’s victory over Arizona.
Chris Kreider, former Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle and Rick Nash also scored for New York. Nash’s goal was his 700th career point. Mats Zuccarello added two assists.
Klas Dahlbeck scored for Arizona. The Coyotes have lost four in a row after opening the season 3-0.
Hayes broke a 1-1 tie at 2:35 of the third period. Goalie Mike Smith turned the puck over to J.T. Miller trying to play the puck behind the goal line. Miller found Hayes along the goal line, and the center lifted a backhander into the net.
KINGS 4, SHARKS 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Jeff Carter scored twice, Jhonas Enroth made 39 saves and Los Angeles beat San Jose for its third straight victory.
Tyler Toffoli and Milan Lucic also scored. The Kings have rebounded for a 3-3-0 start to the season.
Joel Ward had a goal for the Sharks in their third straight loss. They’ve been outscored 13-4 over their past three games and have one power-play goal in their last 16 chances.
Lucic scored the Kings’ second power-play goal of the season. Los Angeles entered the game 1 for 21, but scored on its first opportunity to take a 2-0 lead. Carter added another in the third period.
DEVILS 5, SENATORS 4, SO
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Lee Stempniak tied it with 32 seconds left in regulation and added the shootout winner in New Jersey’s victory over Ottawa.
Adam Henrique pulled New Jersey within a goal with 5:50 to go. Travis Zajac and Jordin Tootoo also scored, and Cory Schneider made 35 saves to help the Devils improve to 3-3-1.
Chris Neil and Mike Hoffman, Zack Smith and Mika Zibanejad scored for Ottawa. Andrew Hammond made 28 saves in his season debut. The Senators are 3-2-2.
PREDATORS 5, DUCKS 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis each had a goal and two assists and Pekka Rinne made 27 saves to lift Nashville past Anaheim.
Mattias Ekholm and Mike Ribeiro each had a goal and an assist, Eric Nystrom also scored to help the Predators improve to 6-1-0.
Jiri Sekac scored for Anaheim. The Ducks have lost five of six this season.