Zibanejad has hat trick in Rangers’ 4-1 win over Senators
Zibanejad, who was drafted sixth overall by the Senators in 2011, is only the second player in Rangers history to record eight points in the first two games of the season. On Thursday night, he had a goal and three assists in New York’s 6-4 home victory over Winnipeg.
Zibanejad opened the scoring on a power-play at 6:04 of the first period, and Tkachuk tied it midway through the period.
Zibanejad broke the tie at 9:53 of the second and made it 3-1 with a short-handed goal at 12:07. Zibanejad then set up Panarin’s power-play goal early in the third.
Brendan Gallagher had a goal and two assists for Montreal, and Phillip Danault and Max Domi each had a goal and an assist each. Jeff Petry scored on a penalty shot, Jonathan Drouin also scored, and Price made 32 saves.
Matthews scored twice for Toronto — his fourth and fifth goals of the season — and Alexander Kerfoot had a goal and two assists for his first three points with Toronto. Trevor Moore added a goal and an assist, William Nylander scored, and Michael Hutchinson stopped 37 shots.
Nylander made it 4-1 at 5:16 of the third period on a power play, but Montreal scored 11 seconds later when Drouin’s pass in front went in off Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly.
Gallagher made it 4-3 at 6:29 after an icing, banging home a rebound. Kerfoot took an interference penalty with under nine minutes left in regulation that Toronto came close to killing off, but Leafs winger Kasperi Kapanen inexplicably threw his broken stick at Petry after blocking a shot when the Canadiens defenseman had the puck at the point. Petry was awarded a penalty shot as a result, and he beat Hutchinson glove-side to tie it at 13:02. Danault put Montreal ahead by banging a rebound home with 4:40 left, and Matthews tied it 1:15 to go and Hutchinson on the bench for an extra attacker.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sammy Blais had a goal and an assist in St. Louis’ victory over Dallas.
Jordan Binnington stopped 28 shots to help the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues rebound from a 2-1 overtime loss to Washington in the opener Wednesday night.
David Perron and Brayden Schenn also scored for St. Louis.
Miro Heiskanen and Mattias Janmark scored for the Stars.
McCann tied a career high with three points. Letang had a power-play goal, Teddy Blueger and Marcus Pettersson also scored, and Matt Murray made 28 saves. Gustav Nyquist and Zach Werenski scored for the Blue Jackets.
T.J. Oshie and Garnet Hathaway scored for Washington.
With Gilbert Perreault and other former stars on hand, the Sabres had a sold-out house in a full-throated roar from the pregame ceremony, through a three-goal second period and once more when Reinhart capped the rout with a breakaway goal with 3:44 remaining.
The Sabres, under new coach Ralph Krueger, built off the momentum of a 3-1 season-opening win at Pittsburgh by getting off to their first 2-0 start since the 2012-13 lockout-shortened season. Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner and Kyle Okposo also scored, and Carter Hutton stopped 18 shots. Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac scored for New Jersey.
Noel Acciari also scored goal and Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves for his first victory with the Panthers. Joel Quenneville also won for first time as coach of the Panthers. Steven Stamkos, Mathieu Joseph and Gemel Smith scored for the Lightning.
On Thursday night in Tampa in the opener, the Lightning beat the Panthers 5-2.
Adam Henrique and Michael Del Zotto also scored and John Gibson made 35 saves for the Ducks. They have won back-to-back home games over Pacific Division opponents Arizona and San Jose in an auspicious start under new coach Dallas Eakins.
Logan Couture scored for the Sharks. They have lost three straight in four days.
Viktor Arvidsson, Filip Forsberg and Mattias Ekholm scored for Nashville.
The Bruins opened defense of their Eastern Conference title with a 2-1 victory over Dallas on Thursday night behind Tuukka Rask’s 28 saves. Boston turned to Halak for Game 2 and the veteran was sharp against Arizona, turning away one quality shot after another for his 48th career shutout.
Darcy Kuemper stopped 23 shots for the Coyotes, who have not beaten the Bruins since 2010 in Prague.
DENVER (AP) — Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist to lead Colorado past Minnesota.
Rantanen, who missed training camp and the preseason before agreeing to a contract last weekend, has three goals in two games. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare got his first goal with Colorado and Gabriel Landeskog scored the go-ahead goal late in the second. Philipp Grubauer made 29 saves.
Ryan Suter and Zach Parise scored for the Wild.
OILERS 6, KINGS 5
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — James Neal scored twice, Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists and Edmonton Oilers its second in a row to start the season, beating Los Angeles in an offensive slugfest.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — David Rittich made 34 saves and Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and two assists in Calgary’s victory over Vancouver.
Elias Lindholm and Sean Monahan scored for Calgary. Jacob Markstrom stopped 27 shots for Vancouver.
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