Devils extend unbeaten start to season
Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha netted twice, Brian Gibbons scored while killing off a two-man disadvantage, and the New Jersey Devils defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 in a battle of previously unbeaten teams.
Goaltender Cory Schneider made 47 saves for the Devils, who improved to 3-0.Blake Coleman added a goal for the Devils, and Will Butcher and Adam Henrique had two assists apiece. James van Riemsdyk, Dominic Moore and Auston Matthews scored for Toronto, and Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen stopped 25 shots.
Meanwhile, Patric Hornqvist notched a goal and an assist in his first game of the season, Matt Murray stopped 20 shots, and Pittsburgh defeated Washington 3-2. Kris Letang and Conor Sheary also scored for the Penguins, who converted 3-of-6 power-play chances. Hornqvist returned after missing the first three games of the season following a procedure on his right hand in the offseason.
The Capitals’ Christian Djoos, making his NHL debut, had a goal and assisted on Alex Ovechkin’s eighth goal of the season. Braden Holtby made 33 saves for Washington. Colorado improved to 3-1 with 6-3 victory over Bruins. Sven Andrighetto had two goals, Matt Duchene and Nail Yakupov had a goal and an assist each, and the Avalanche held off Boston’s third-period rally.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 20 shots, Tyson Jost and Alexander Kerfoot also scored, and Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog had two assists apiece for Colorado. The Avalanche swept the home-and-home series with the Bruins. Brad Marchand, Tim Schaller and Torey Krug scored for Boston. Tuukka Rask, who was pulled after the second period, stopped 22-of-26 shots. Backup Anton Khudobin was a per-fect 9-for-9 in the third period.