TORONTO (AP) Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his 40th career shutout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 Saturday night in Phil Kessel’s return to the Air Canada Centre.
Pittsburgh earned its fourth consecutive win and improved to 7-1-0 since losing its first three games of the season. Toronto kept Kessel, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin off the scoresheet, but the Penguins stars had plenty of help in adding to the Leafs’ early misery this season.
Chris Kunitz, Eric Fehr, Matt Cullen and Patric Hornqvist scored before a Halloween crowd of 19,197 that included Super Mario and Superman. Many left before the final whistle.
Kessel had 395 points in 446 games for the Leafs. But he was dealt to Pittsburgh in July after president Brendan Shanahan said fans couldn’t understand ”people that go out and give half-efforts and that don’t appear to enjoy playing here.”
Kessel was booed whenever he touched the puck, with the volume increasing the longer he had it.
BRUINS 3, LIGHTNING 1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Jonas Gustavsson stopped 21 shots and Brett Connolly’s power-play goal snapped a third-period tie, helping Boston Bruins remain unbeaten on the road.
Connolly scored during a 13-second 5-on-3 opportunity with just over 14 minutes remaining, and the Bruins extended their point streak to seven games (6-0-1) after opening the season with three consecutive losses. They also improved to 5-0-0 on the road in the club’s longest such streak since winning a franchise-best nine straight in March 2014.
Tampa Bay continued to sputter offensively, losing its fourth straight game. The defending Eastern Conference champions led the NHL in scoring a year ago, but have been limited to two goals during its longest skid in two seasons.
BLUES 3, WILD 2, OT
ST. LOUIS (AP) – David Backes scored at 4:26 of overtime for his second goal of the game, sending St. Louis to the victory.
Backes had time to load up on a shot from the high slot, and he drove it past Devan Dubnyk off a setup from Ty Rattie. Backes had no goals and two assists this season coming into the night.
The Blues surrendered a 2-0 lead in the first period but won their third in a row and improved to 8-2-1 while playing without several top players. Forward Vladimir Tarasenko (lower body) joined Paul Stastny, Jaden Schwartz and Kevin Shattenkirk on the injury list.
Alexander Steen also scored and Jake Allen had 29 saves for St. Louis, which allowed just one shot during Minnesota’s two-man advantage of 62 seconds in the second period.
Jason Zucker and Erik Haula scored for Minnesota.
STARS 5, SHARKS 3
DALLAS (AP) – Antoine Roussel broke a third-period tie for the second time in three games, and Dallas went on to the win.
The game-winners are the only goals this season for Roussel, who also had two assists against San Jose.
John Klingberg’s shot from the right point hit Sharks goalie Alex Stalock’s pads and Roussel’s skate, and the puck trickled across the goal line with 6:27 to play. Tyler Seguin added a power-play goal into an empty net.
Dallas has won eight of the last nine games. San Jose has lost five of six.
For San Jose, Joe Pavelski and Joel Ward scored on the power play, and Matt Nieto had a short-handed goal.
KINGS 4, PREDATORS 3, OT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jeff Carter scored at 4:42 of overtime, Tyler Toffoli continued his strong start with two more goals, and Los Angeles extended its winning streak to seven games.
Rookie Andy Andreoff also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 31 saves for the Kings, whose streak began after an 0-3 start.
Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis scored the tying goal with 6:04 left in the third period, and Pekka Rinne stopped 25 shots for the Predators, who had won the previous five meetings – all by one-goal margins.
James Neal and Shea Weber scored power-play goals less than 3 1/2 minutes apart in the second period for Nashville, and Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi each had two assists.
RED WINGS 5, SENATORS 3
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist and Danny DeKeyser each had a goal and an assist, lifting Detroit to the road win.
Jonathan Ericsson and Dylan Larkin also scored as the Red Wings rebounded from a 3-1 home loss to the Senators on Friday night. Petr Mrazek made 33 saves.
Detroit star Henrik Zetterberg collected his 500th career assist in the first period and his 800th point in the second period with his second assist of the game.
The Senators, who had won two in a row, got goals from Kyle Turris, Mark Stone and Bobby Ryan, along with 23 saves from Craig Anderson.
DEVILS 3, ISLANDERS 2, SO
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Mike Cammalleri and Jacob Josefson scored in the shootout, and the Devils won for the sixth time in seven games.
John Moore and Bobby Farnham each scored their first goal of the season, and Cory Schneider made 24 saves for New Jersey, which lost all four games to the Islanders last season.
Anders Lee and Frans Nielsen scored for New York, which played without captain John Tavares. He was scratched because he wasn’t feeling well.
Nielsen scored for New York’s first attempt in the shootout. Schneider stopped Kyle Okposo and Kyle Clutterbuck, and Josh Bailey hit the post.
CAPITALS 2, PANTHERS 1, OT
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for Washington in overtime, and Alex Ovechkin had two assists.
Kuznetsov faked a pass to Ovechkin and then charged the net from the left side. He went untouched to below the left circle and beat Al Montoya stick side.
The Capitals have seven of their past eight.
Jussi Jokinen opened the scoring for Florida early in the second. Washington’s Jay Beagle tied it 2:23 into the third period.
Washington goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 26 saves. Montoya had 25 for Florida.
FLAMES 5, OILERS 4
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Michael Frolik scored his third goal of the game with 8.7 seconds left, and the Flames snapped a four-game losing streak.
Calgary negated an icing call in the final seconds and Frolik put a seemingly harmless shot on net from behind the goal line that squeezed in between Cam Talbot and the post for his first career hat trick.
Brandon Bollig and TJ Brodie also scored for the Flames, who were playing their third game in four nights.
Taylor Hall, Brandon Davidson, Teddy Purcell and Leon Draisaitl scored for Edmonton, which has dropped four of five.
JETS 3, BLUE JACKETS 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist, leading Winnipeg to the victory.
Rookie Andrew Copp scored his first career goal and Ondrej Pavelec had 19 saves as the Jets improved to 4-1-0 on the road.
The Blue Jackets dropped to 0-5-0 at home. They were coming off a 2-1 loss at Washington on Friday night.
Brandon Saad and Scott Hartnell scored for Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped eight of 11 shots in the first period, and Curtis McElhinney had 16 saves in the final two periods.