Montreal opens on a roll, extends win streak to nine
CANADIENS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 3
P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty each had a goal and an assist as the Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3, on Saturday night in Montreal to extend their season-opening winning streak to nine games.
The Canadiens are a victory away from tying the NHL record set by the Maple Leaf sin 1993-94 and matched by Buffalo in 200607.
Lars Eller, David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher also scored for Montreal, which has won every game in regulation time.
Leo Komarov, James van Riemsdyk and Morgan Reilly scored for Toronto, which is win less in its past three games.
The Canadiens were outworked for most of the game by the Maple Leafs, who had a season-high 52 shots and were the first team this season to score more than two goals against Carey Price. Montreal had 27 shots on a shaky Jonathan Bernier.
FLY E RS 3, RANGERS 2( SO ): Sam Gagner and Claude Giroux scored in a shootout to lift Philadelphia past visiting New York.
Steve Mason had 37 saves for the Flyers and stoned Dominic Moore to end it.
J.T. Miller and Derick Brassard had goals for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist was sensational in regulation and overtime with 46 saves, but he gave up two goals on three shots in the shootout.
The Rangers were 16-5 against Philadelphia since March 6, 2011.
The Flyers are 4-1 after a 0-1-1 start. The Rangers are 2-0-2 after losing two in a row.
Flyers forward Michael Raffl was helped to the locker room after suffering an upper-body injury in the second period. He took an elbow to the head and went to the bench before needing assistance going down the tunnel.
WILD 3, DUCKS 0: In St. Paul, Minn., Devan Dubnyk stopped 15 shots for his first shutout this season to lead Minnesota past reeling Anaheim.
Matt Dumba, Thomas Vanek and Ryan Carter scored to send the Ducks to their sixth loss in the first seven games.
The Ducks have scored just six goals this season while getting shut out four times.
Questions are being asked about Coach Bruce Boudreau’s job security.
“None of this is on Bruce. Bruce is a motivator. He’s a guy that sticks up for his players and someone you want to play for,” defenseman Cam Fowler said of the former Washington Capitals coach. “Unfortunately, when you lose in this business, the finger seems to be pointed at the coach, but as players, the responsibility is with us.”
DEVILS 4, SABRES 3: Adam Henrique scored twice and added an assist and visiting New Jersey won its fourth straight.
Mike Cammalleri had a goal and two assists, and David Schlemko also scored for the Devils. New Jersey hasn’t lost since starting the season 0-3-1.
Tyler Ennis, Ryan O’Reilly and Jack Eichel scored for Buffalo. Rookie goaltender Linus Ullmark made his NHL debut for the Sabres (2-6-0).
Buffalo lost Evander Kane to an apparent left leg injury midway through the third period. A high-profile addition last season, Kane needed to be helped off the ice and did not return.
COYOTES 4, SENATORS 1: Mikkel Boedker scored three goals and visiting Arizona snapped a four-game losing streak. Brad Richardson also scored, and Anders Lindback made 35 saves in his first start of the season to help Arizona improve to 4-3-1.
Around the league St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz will be out at least 12 weeks because of a fractured left ankle. The team said he was taken to a hospital for surgery after slipping and crashing into one of the goals during practice.