Montreal improves to 6-0-0 for first time in team history
Jeff Petry scored the go-ahead goal 6 minutes 32 seconds into the third period, and the Montreal Canadiens moved to 6-0-0 for the first time in franchise history with a 4-1 victory over the visiting Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
Brendan Gallagher scored in the second, Tomas Plekanec made it 3-1 and then Brian Flynn scored an empty-netter for Montreal, which last went unbeaten in its first six games in 1977-78 (5-0-1).
Rookie Dylan Larkin scored for Detroit (3-2-0), which lost its second game in a row.
The Canadiens entered the game only 2 for 21 on the power play but scored twice with the man advantage.
They had a 41-22 edge in shots on Detroit, but Petr Mrazek was sharp in goal.
Larkin, who extended his career-opening points streak to five games, opened the scoring 4:47 into the second frame when he flipped a backhander toward the net and saw it sneak past Carey Price’s pad on the near side.
PENGUINS 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1: Evgeni Malkin and Olli Maatta scored first-period goals, and Pittsburgh held on for a victory over visiting Toronto.
Malkin scored his second goal in as many games, and Maatta collected his first of the season for the Penguins.
Forward Phil Kessel faced Toronto for the first time since the Leafs shipped the three-time allstar to Pittsburgh in a blockbuster July trade.
Marc-Andre Fleury, playing in his 600th career game, made 26 saves as Pittsburgh won its sixth straight against Toronto.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby hasn’t scored in the team’s first five games, a career-worst stretch to start the season.
Jake Gardiner scored his second goal in as many nights for Toronto, which has lost four of five to begin the season. Goaltender Jonathan Bernier, making his first start, stopped 31 shots.
Kessel said he enjoyed his six sometimes turbulent seasons in Toronto, where he helped the Maple Leafs make the playoffs just once despite scoring 181 goals, the fifth most in the league during that span.
Pittsburgh added Kessel to help bolster an already dynamic offense, centered on Crosby and Malkin. But he has scored just one goal and added an assist through the Penguins’ first five games as he tries to adjust to playing with Crosby.
Before Saturday, Kessel hadn’t faced Toronto in almost seven years.
LIGHTNING 2, SABRES 1: Ben Bishop set a team record for career wins, Alex Killorn scored a go-ahead goal late in the third period and Tampa Bay beat Buffalo in Tampa.
The Lightning also received a goal from Vladislav Namestnikov.
Sam Reinhart scored his first NHL goal for the Sabres, who have scored once in three of their five games this season.
Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman, hurt when he was checked into the boards by Dallas’s Jamie Benn in Thursday’s 5-3 loss to the Stars, didn’t play. The team said Hedman, who underwent concussion protocols, is day-to-day with an unspecified injury.
Bishop won his 84th game with the Lightning, breaking a tie with Nikolai Khabibulin after making 31 saves. Chad Johnson made 20 saves for Buffalo.
Killorn made it 2-1 from the low-right circle during a power play with 3:57 to play.
STARS 4, PANTHERS 2: Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn scored two goals each to rally Dallas to a victory over Florida in Sunrise, Fla.
Benn tied the score at 2 with a power-play goal 50 seconds into the third period. Seguin gave the Stars their first lead with 3:02 remaining, backhanding a rebound of a pass from John Klingberg.
Benn then capped the scoring with an empty-netter with 19 seconds to go, completing Dallas’s comeback from 2-0 just more than two minutes in the second period.
Patrick Sharp had two assists and Jari Lehtonen stopped 22 shots to improve to 3-0-0.
Aleksander Barkov and Brandon Pirri scored for the Panthers, and Roberto Luongo finished with 33 saves on 36 shots.