Skinner’s two goals lead Hur­ri­canes over Rangers

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Jeff Skinner had two goals and an as­sist as the Carolina Hur­ri­canes beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Fri­day night. Skinner orig­i­nally had his fifth ca­reer hat trick be­fore the third goal was awarded to Bryan Bick­ell on a scor­ing change. Still, Skinner’s 16th ca­reer three-point night - in his de­but wear­ing the “A” as an al­ter­nate cap­tain - helped the Hur­ri­canes win their home opener. Vic­tor Rask had two as­sists, giv­ing him points in all seven games, and Cam Ward made 28 saves - stop­ping Mats Zuc­carello with about 5 sec­onds left - to help Carolina snap a two-game los­ing streak. Zuc­carello scored two power-play goals and Hen­rik Lundqvist stopped 18 shots for the Rangers, whose three-game win­ning streak was snapped.


Artem Anisi­mov scored on a re­bound at 1:15 of over­time as Chicago ral­lied to hand New Jersey its first home loss. Mar­ian Hossa tied the game with a power-play goal with 2:11 left in reg­u­la­tion af­ter the Black­hawks pulled goal­tender Corey Craw­ford for a sixth skater. Artemi Pa­narin, who took the shot on Anisi­mov’s game win­ner, also scored for Chicago. Craw­ford was out­stand­ing in mak­ing 30 saves. PA Par­enteau and John Moore scored for New Jersey, which was 3-0 at home. Keith Kinkaid made 26 saves in his first start of the sea­son. Chicago had all three shots in the over­time. Pa­narin took a shot from the right cir­cle. Kinkaid made the save but the puck went right to Anisi­mov for his fifth goal of the sea­son.


Con­nor McDavid scored on a break­away in the sec­ond pe­riod and Cam Tal­bot made 26 saves for his 13th ca­reer shutout to lead the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers to their fifth straight win, over the Van­cou­ver Canucks. Mi­lan Lu­cic added an empty-net­ter to help Western Con­fer­ence-lead­ing Ed­mon­ton, off to its best start since 1985, im­prove to 7-1-0. Tal­bot, who has started all eight games this sea­son, recorded his sec­ond shutout in three games. Ryan Miller had 25 saves for Van­cou­ver and fell to 12-1-1 in his ca­reer against the Oil­ers. The Canucks, 0-3-1 since start­ing the sea­son with four wins, haven’t scored since the third pe­riod against Ana­heim on Sun­day.


Sam Gag­ner and Bran­don Saad each scored twice in the first pe­riod and Sergei Bo­brovsky stopped 35 shots for his 14th ca­reer shutout as Colum­bus beat Ana­heim. Gag­ner scored mid­way through the first pe­riod, clean­ing up Scott Hart­nell’s missed shot for his first goal since sign­ing with the Blue Jack­ets as a free agent. Saad scored 21 sec­onds later as he un­leashed a wrist shot from the high slot that hit the post and ca­reened in. Saad knew it was a goal and started cel­e­brat­ing im­me­di­ately, but the of­fi­cials needed a video re­view to con­firm it. Saad then swat­ted in his own re­bound with 6:10 left for his 10th ca­reer multi-goal game and first with the Blue Jack­ets. Gag­ner added a power-play goal 20 sec­onds later. Ducks goalie John Gib­son made 28 saves be­fore be­ing re­placed by Dustin Tokarski mid­way through the third pe­riod. Tokarski stopped all five shots he faced. Min­nesota St. Louis Chicago Win­nipeg Dal­las Colorado Nashville


Shawn Matthias scored in the sec­ond pe­riod against his for­mer team and Michael Hutchin­son stopped 37 shots for his third ca­reer NHL shutout as Win­nipeg beat Colorado. The Jets were more en­er­getic de­spite play­ing their third game in four days, in­clud­ing a 4-1 win over Dal­las

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14 10 9 9 8 8 4 the night be­fore. Colorado looked a bit rusty af­ter a week off and couldn’t solve Hutchin­son. It was Hutchin­son’s first shutout since Jan. 15, 2015, against Colum­bus. The Avalanche pulled Se­myon Var­lamov with around 1:22 re­main­ing, but the Avalanche couldn’t cap­i­tal­ize. Var­lamov stopped 20 shots, his only mis­take not slid­ing over in time to stop Matthias’ wrist shot.


Dougie Hamil­ton scored his first two goals and added an as­sist to lead Calgary to its third straight win. Sam Ben­nett, Sean Mon­a­han and Michael Fro­lik also scored for Calgary, and Brian El­liott stopped 31 shots. Erik Karls­son and Kyle Tur­ris scored for Ot­tawa. Andrew Ham­mond started in goal and had three saves on four shots be­fore leav­ing with a lower-body in­jury af­ter one pe­riod. Chris Drei­dger re­placed him and gave up four goals on 15 shots. With the score tied 2-2 half­way through the sec­ond, Hamil­ton re­trieved the puck from the side­boards, spun and whipped a shot from a bad an­gle over the Drei­dger’s shoul­der. Calgary put the game away on goals by Mon­a­han and Fro­lik 2:46 apart mid­way through the third. —AP

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