Canucks stay per­fect, de­feat Sabres

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Jan­nik Hansen scored his 100th NHL goal as the Van­cou­ver Canucks de­feated the Buf­falo Sabres 2-1 Thurs­day to tie a fran­chise record for the best start to a sea­son. Daniel Sedin, on a power play, also scored for the Canucks, who are 4-0-0 and the NHL’s only un­beaten team. The last time Van­cou­ver started a sea­son 4-0-0 was 1992. Rookie Ni­cholas Bap­tiste scored for the Sabres. Canucks goal­tender Ja­cob Mark­strom, who was mak­ing his third con­sec­u­tive start, made 26 saves. Sabres goalie Robin Lehner stopped 18 shots.


Ryan Gar­butt’s goal 11:34 into the third pe­riod broke a tie and gave Ana­heim its first win of the sea­son. Chris Wag­nerand Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks, who got 20 saves from goal­tender John Gib­son. Wayne Sim­monds and Matt Read scored for the Fly­ers.


In a re­match of the Stan­ley Cup fi­nal, Pitts­burgh scored three times in the third pe­riod to come back and beat San Jose at PPG Paints Arena. Pa­tric Horn­qvist scored the win­ner on a power play at 14:02 of the third. Ev­geni Malkin and Scott Wil­son also scored for the Pen­guins and To­mas Hertl and Pa­trick Mar­leau scored for the Sharks.


Pa­trice Berg­eron made a tri­umphant re­turn to the Boston lineup, scor­ing with 1:15 left to give his team a come-frombe­hind vic­tory over New Jersey. Berg­eron, who missed the first three games of the sea­son with a lower body in­jury, made his 2016-17 de­but in his team’s home openerand scored the win­ner off a pass from Brad Marc­hand, who scored the other goal for the Bruins. Kyle Palmieri scored on the power play for the Devils’ goal.


Alex Ovechkin scored a tiebreak­ing goal on a de­flec­tion with 12:27 left in the third pe­riod to lead Wash­ing­ton over Florida at the BB&T Cen­ter. Mar­cus Jo­hans­son, Justin Wil­liams and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for the Cap­i­tals, while Braden Holtby earned the win with 26 saves. Jaromir Jagr, 44, recorded ca­reer goal No. 750 and rookie de­fense­man Michael Matheson scored his sec­ond for the Pan­thers. Matheson is half Jagr’s age.


Colorado re­sponded with a vic­tory against pre­vi­ously un­de­feated Tampa Bay at Amalie Arena. Matt Duch­ene scored his first two goals of the sea­son and added an as­sist while Pa­trick Wier­cioch fin­ished with a pair of as­sists. Carl Soder­berg notched his sec­ond of the sea­son, Andreas Martin­sen scored his first and Se­myon Var­lamov recorded his 21st ca­reer shutout af­ter fin­ish­ing with 27 saves. Ben Bishop took the loss for Tampa Bay, stop­ping 12 shots.


Five dif­fer­ent goal-scor­ers helped Montreal top Ari­zona at the Bell Cen­tre. Alexei Emelin, Tor­rey Mitchell, Shea We­ber, Alex Galchenyuk and Art­turi Lehko­nen each scored for the Cana­di­ens, who­has scored at least three goals in each of their first four games. Jakob Chy­chrun and Lau­rent Dauphin scored for the Coy­otes, who have al­lowed 12 goals in their last two games. Montreal’s Carey Price, mak­ing his first reg­u­lar sea­son start since Nov. 25, 2015, made 27 saves. Louis Domingue al­lowed four goals on 19 shots be­fore he was lifted for Justin Peters. Peters stopped 23 shots in re­lief.


Eric Staal scored his sec­ond goal of the game mid­way through the third pe­riod as Min­nesota stayed un­beaten at home, coming from be­hind for a win over Toronto. Goalie De­van Dub­nyk’s 31 saves, com­bined with ear­lier goals by Zac Dalpe and Staal helped im­prove the Wild to 3-10, as they swept a three-game home­s­tand. The Maple Leafs got goals from Ro­man Po­lak and rookie Aus­ton Matthews.


Martinez scored the game-win­ner 1:20 into over­time, giv­ing Los An­ge­les its first win of the sea­son, against Dal­las at Amer­i­can Air­lines Cen­ter. Jeff Carter and Tan­ner Pear­son each had a goal and an as­sist for the Kings , who also got a goal from Nic Dowd. Petr Bu­daj stopped 17 of 20 shots. Ja­son Spezza had a goal and an as­sist and Tyler Seguin two as­sists for Dal­las, which also got goals from Radek Faksa and Jamie Benn.


Ed­mon­ton cap­tain Con­nor McDavid ended a two-game scor­ing drought 36 sec­onds into the third pe­riod when he set up Milan Lu­cic to give for the go-ahead goal against St. Louis. McDavid then iced the game with an empty net­ter in the fi­nal minute. Tyler Pitlick, the Oil­ers sec­ond round choice in 2010, also scored. Nail Yakupov, the for­mer top-over­all pick by the Oil­ers who was traded to the Blues prior to the sea­son, scored for St. Louis.


Carolina goal­tender Ed­die Lack made 26 saves for his fifth win in seven ca­reer starts against Cal­gary. Teuvo Ter­a­vainen, Vic­tor Rask, Vik­tor Stal­berg and Jeff Skin­ner scored for the Hur­ri­canes, who started the sea­son with a six-game road trip. Johnny Gau­dreau, who signed a sixyear $40.5 mil­lion con­tract the day be­fore the sea­son be­gan, scored his first of the sea­son for the Flames. Troy Brouwer also scored for Cal­gary. —Reuters

VAN­COU­VER: Buf­falo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner (40) keeps his eye on a shot from Van­cou­ver Canucks cen­ter Bran­don Sut­ter (20) dur­ing sec­ond-pe­riod of NHL hockey game ac­tion in Van­cou­ver, Bri­tish Columbia, Thurs­day. — AP

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