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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Andrei Markov had a goal and four assists and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Buffalo Sabres 7-2 on Friday night to run their season-opening winning streak to eight games.

The Canadiens are two victories away from matching the NHL record set by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1993-94 and matched by the Sabres in 2006-07.

Brendan Gallagher and Dale Weise each scored twice, and Max Pacioretty and Torrey Mitchell also scored. Mike Condon made 34 saves, and P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec each had three assists.

Matt Moulson and Ryan O’Reilly scored for Buffalo, and Cody Franson had two assists. Chad Johnson allowed all seven goals.


EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Evgeny Kuznetsov had three goals and two assists to help Washington beat Edmonton for its fifth straight victory.

Kuznetsov opened the scoring on a backhander at 3:05 of the first period, gave Washington a 4-3 lead with another backhander at 6:17 of the second, and completed his first career hat trick with a snap shot on a power play with 3:01 left in the third period.

Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson, Andre Burakovsky and Justin Williams also scored for Washington, and Philipp Grubauer made 19 saves in his first start of the season. Playing for the third time in four nights, the Capitals improved to 6-1-0.

Rookie star Connor McDavid scored his fifth goal of the season for Edmonton. Benoit Pouliot, Rob Klinkhammer and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored.


CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Mark Giordano scored his second goal of the game in overtime and Calgary rallied to beat Detroit to snap a four-game losing streak.

Joe Colborne tied it for the Flames with 1:12 left in the third period. Giordano scored 3:12 into overtime to give Calgary its first win in five home games this season.

Jonas Hiller made 27 saves for the Flames.

Gustav Nyquist and Brendan Smith scored first-period power-play goals for Detroit. The Red Wings have lost four straight to fall to 3-3-1.


NEW YORK (AP) – David Pastrnak broke a tie late in the second period and Boston beat New York.

Brett Connolly, Joonas Kemppainen and Ryan Spooner also scored for Boston. The Bruins improved to 3-0 on the road this season to go along with an 0-3-1 mark at home. Jonas Gustavsson, starting in place of the struggling Tuukka Rask, finished with 23 saves to improve to 2-0.

David Krejci had an empty-netter with 2:25 remaining for his league-leading 12th point (five goals, seven assists), giving him a point in seven straight games.

Josh Bailey, Casey Cizikas and Thomas Hickey scored for the Islanders.


WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – Ondrej Palat scored 36 seconds into overtime to lift Tampa Bay past Winnipeg.

Palat scored off a 3-on-1 rush, converting a tap in after a tic-tac-toe play with Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman. Braydon Coburn, Cedric Paquette and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored, and Ben Bishop made 33 saves to help the Lightning improve to 5-2-1.

Nikolaj Ehlers, Drew Stafford and Blake Wheeler scored for Winnipeg.


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jonathan Quick made 40 saves in his 38th career shutout and Tyler Toffoli scored twice in Los Angeles’ fourth consecutive victory.

Anze Kopitar also scored and Milan Lucic had two assists. The Kings have followed an ugly 0-3-0 start by allowing just three goals during four gritty victories.

Toffoli scored a goal in his career-best fourth consecutive game, getting a power-play score in the first period and a clincher on a pretty 2-on-1 rush with Lucic in the final minutes. He has six goals this season, while the rest of the Kings have seven combined.

Cam Ward stopped 25 shots in a duel between Stanley Cup champion goalies and Conn Smythe Trophy winners.