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Devils 6, Maple Leafs 3

Brian Gib­bons had a rare 3-on-5 goal, Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha each scored twice and un­beaten New Jer­sey beat Toronto on Wed­nes­day night to end the Maple Leafs' per­fect start. Blake Cole­man also scored, and Cory Sch­nei­der made 47 saves to help New Jer­sey open 3-0-0 for the first time since 2014-15. Tied 2-2 after 20 min­utes, New Jer­sey (3-0-0) scored twice in the sec­ond pe­riod de­spite be­ing out­shot 17-12. A key mo­ment came late in the pe­riod with the Devils tak­ing two mi­nors on one play. Rather than Toronto tak­ing ad­van­tage, New Jer­sey killed off the penal­ties and scored short-handed to make it 4-2. Jake Gar­diner was un­able to keep the puck in at the New Jer­sey blue line and two Devils broke in. Wil­liam Ny­lan­der's backcheck swept the puck off Adam Hen­rique's stick, and the puck went off goalie Fred­erik An­der­sen to Gib­bons in front. Aus­ton Matthews, with his third of the sea­son, cut it to 5-3 with 6:26 re­main­ing and the Maple Leafs on a two-man ad­van­tage. James van Riems­dyk and Do­minic Moore also scored for Toronto. Van Riems­dyk opened the scor­ing on a power play at 8:33 of the first, stuff­ing the puck past Sch­nei­der. New Jer­sey an­swered 34 sec­onds later when Wood tipped in Steven San­tini's shot from the point. Wood scored again 1:38 later, tak­ing ad­van­tage of a han­dling er­ror by Calle Rosen be­fore rip­ping a shot past An­der­sen. Moore tied it with 6:27 to go, redi­rect­ing Nikita Zait­sev's shot as New Jer­sey's Mar­cus Jo­hans­son, serv­ing Stefan Noe­sen's in­sti­gat­ing penalty, ex­ited the penalty box. New Jer­sey went ahead 3-2 at 9:58 of the sec­ond on the power play, with rookie Jes­per Bratt find­ing Zacha left alone in front of goal to com­plete a tic-tac-toe pass­ing se­quence. Van Riems­dyk was in the box for slash­ing.

Pen­guins 3, Cap­i­tals 2

Pa­tric Horn­qvist scored a power-play goal and as­sisted on an­other in his sea­son de­but to help Pitts­burgh beat Washington in their first meet­ing since the play­offs. Horn­qvist as­sisted on a goal by Kris Le­tang, the de­fense­man's first since Feb. 4 after miss­ing the end of last sea­son and play­offs be­cause of neck surgery. Horn­qvist, who scored the Stan­ley Cup-clinch­ing goal last spring de­spite a bro­ken fin­ger on his right hand, was play­ing for the first time since off­sea­son surgery to re­pair it. Conor Sheary scored the Pen­guins' third goal. Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-lead­ing eighth goal of the sea­son in the Cap­i­tals' fourth game.

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