Montreal im­proves to 6-0-0 for first time in team his­tory

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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.

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