Marc­hand and Nord­strom help Bru­ins get past Oil­ers

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Bru­ins 3 — Oil­ers 1 Bos­ton tan­dem scores 36 sec­onds apart

BOS­TON (AP) — Brad Marc­hand and Joakim Nord­strom scored in a 36-sec­ond span in the first pe­riod and Jaroslav Halak stopped 25 shots to help the Bos­ton Bru­ins beat the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers 4-1 on Thurs­day night.

David Pas­tr­nak had his fourth goal of the sea­son, and Patrice Berg­eron added an empty-net­ter in the fi­nal minute. Con­nor McDavid scored his first goal of the sea­son for the Oil­ers, and Cam Tal­bot had 28 saves.

The Oil­ers were play­ing only their sec­ond game of the sea­son af­ter fall­ing 5-2 to New Jer­sey on Satur­day in Swe­den.

Ed­mon­ton struck first when McDavid got in alone on Halak and beat him 3:43 into the game.

Pas­tr­nak tied it on a pow­er­play goal at 9:20, and Marc­hand gave Bos­ton its first lead at 14:37 on an­other power play off a cen­ter­ing pass from Matt Grzel­cyk. Nord­strom scored again for Bos­ton 36 sec­onds later on a give-and-go with David Kre­jci.

Ed­mon­ton just missed on two op­por­tu­ni­ties in the third. Bos­ton cap­tain Zdeno Chara poked the puck away as it slid along the goal line be­hind Halak as Ed­mon­ton’s Ty Rat­tie raised his arms, think­ing Ed­mon­ton scored. Play con­tin­ued and re­plays showed the puck didn’t cross.

The Oil­ers were short­handed a few min­utes later when To­bias Rieder got a break­away on Halak, who stretched out for a save with his left pad to pre­serve the two-goal lead.

Notes: The teams will again next Thurs­day night in Ed­mon­ton . ... Berg­eron had a goal and an as­sist, and Grzel­cyk had two as­sists . ... Halak made his first home start as a mem­ber of the Bru­ins . ... Pas­tr­nak has 98 ca­reer goals. ... The game was stopped for a few min­utes late in the sec­ond pe­riod when a hit knocked the glass loose be­hind the Ed­mon­ton net.

Pen­guins 4, Golden Knights 2

PITTS­BURGH (AP) — Ev­geni Malkin cor­ralled the puck near his own goal-line and saw Phil Kes­sel sprint­ing out of the zone. He flipped a per­fect pass to cen­ter ice, send­ing Kes­sel on a break­away that re­sulted in a goal.

Carl Hagelin re­peated a sim­i­lar se­quence with Kes­sel later in the sec­ond pe­riod that ended the same way.

The two goals com­pleted a nat­u­ral hat trick for Kes­sel as Pitts­burgh beat Ve­gas.

“There’s a fine line be­tween an­tic­i­pa­tion and cheat­ing and I think Phil has a knack for see­ing those win­dows of op­por­tu­nity,” Pen­guins coach Mike Sul­li­van said. “He has ex­plo­sive speed so he can cre­ate sep­a­ra­tion when he needs to. He has an­other gear and you could see that on those break­aways.”

Ve­gas scored the first goal of the game, and Kes­sel had the next three. It was Kes­sel’s sixth ca­reer hat trick and first in four sea­sons with Pitts­burgh. His last hat trick came Feb. 1, 2014, as a mem­ber of the Toronto Maple Leafs, in a 6-3 win against Ot­tawa.

“It’s been awhile,” said Kes­sel, who switched sticks be­fore his hat trick. “It felt good. I had some good passes and I was able to fin­ish.”

Jake Guentzel scored his third goal and Malkin had three as­sists for the Pen­guins, who al­lowed 11 goals in their first two games.

“I could see our guys mak­ing more of a con­certed ef­fort to de­fend,” Sul­li­van said. “I think our team is ca­pa­ble of get­ting to an­other level. I don’t think we had our swag­ger like we’re ca­pa­ble of, but from an ef­fort stand­point, you can see they were try­ing to do the right things.”

Casey DeSmith stopped 35 shots in his first reg­u­larsea­son start for Pitts­burgh. Starter Matt Mur­ray missed Thurs­day’s game and is dayto-day with a con­cus­sion suf­fered Mon­day dur­ing prac­tice. Mur­ray par­tic­i­pated in, and faced shots dur­ing, Thurs­day’s op­tional morn­ing skate.

Reilly Smith scored his sec­ond of the sea­son for Ve­gas and 100th ca­reer goal. To­mas Nosek also scored for Ve­gas, which lost its third straight and has opened the sea­son with four losses in five games. The de­fend­ing Western Con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons lost their fourth game on Nov. 2 last sea­son.

Mal­colm Sub­ban made 18 saves for Ve­gas. Mar­cAn­dre Fleury, who spent 13 sea­sons and won three Stan­ley Cups with Pitts­burgh, served as the backup af­ter al­low­ing four goals on 28 shots dur­ing a loss Wed­nes­day at Wash­ing­ton. Fans chanted for Fleury — se­lected in 2017 by Ve­gas in the ex­pan­sion draft — af­ter Sub­ban al­lowed three goals on seven shots in the sec­ond pe­riod.

“We just have to stay pos­i­tive,” Sub­ban said. “We’ve been gen­er­at­ing a lot of shots on net. Even­tu­ally, we’re go­ing to start get­ting some bounces.”

Nosek opened the scor­ing, tak­ing a pass from Jonathan Marches­sault along the boards and slip­ping a back­han­der be­hind DeSmith.

But Kes­sel an­swered for Pitts­burgh when he beat Sub­ban with a wrist shot fol­low­ing a Malkin face­off win.

Kes­sel’s break­away goal mid­way through the sec­ond put Pitts­burgh in front for good. Malkin hit Kes­sel at cen­ter with a stretch pass from his own goal-line and he fin­ished the break­away with a glove-side wrist shot.

To com­plete the hat trick, Hagelin hit Kes­sel with a long out­let pass and he beat Sub­ban low to the glove side.

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