Matthews’s ninth goal in five games ties record
MAPLE LEAFS 5, RED WINGS 3
Auston Matthews scored twice for a league-leading nine goals — tying an NHL record after five games — and helped the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings, 5-3, on Thursday night.
Matthews joined Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Marleau, Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy as the players in league history to score nine times in their teams’ first five games. He is the third player in Maple Leafs history to score in their first five games.
Morgan Rielly had a goal and an assist, giving him 11 points to equal Bobby Orr’s strong start during the 1973-74 season. Rielly and Orr trail only defenseman Harry Cameron, who had 15 points in the Toronto Arenas’ first five games of the 1917-18 season.
Detroit has lost its first four games for the first time since 1980.
PENGUINS 4, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2: Phil Kessel had a natural hat trick for host Pittsburgh. It was Kessel’s sixth career hat trick and first in four seasons with the Penguins.
Casey DeSmith stopped 35 shots in his first regular season start for Pittsburgh.
RANGERS 3, SHARKS 2 (OT): Brady Skjei buried a wrist shot 37 seconds into overtime in New York to give Coach David Quinn his first career victory.
The Rangers’ Brendan Smith tied it at 2 with 2:39 remaining in the third period with a one-timer from the slot.
BLUE JACKETS 5, PANTHERS 4: Cam Atkinson scored with 2:46 left to lift Columbus in Sunrise, Fla.
With traffic in front of the net, Atkinson swept the puck past goalie James Reimer, who was flat on his back during the play. Florida challenged for goalie interference, but the score stood.
BRUINS 4, OILERS 1: Brad Marchand and Joakim Nordstrom scored in a 36-second span in the first period and Jaroslav Halak stopped 25 shots to lift host Boston.
Edmonton’s Connor McDavid scored his first goal of the season.
AVALANCHE 6, SABRES 1: Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon scored twice in Buffalo to extend his season-opening goal streak to four games.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots for the Avalanche to improve to 3-0. He has allowed just four goals this season.
WILD 4, BLACKHAWKS 3 (OT): Minnesota’s Ryan Suter tied it with 23 seconds left in the third period, and Jason Zucker scored in overtime in St. Paul, Minn.
BLUES 5, FLAMES 3: David Perron recorded his fourth career hat trick and Alexander Steen had a goal and an assist as host St. Louis won for the first time this season.
PREDATORS 3, JETS 0: Pekka Rinne made 29 saves for his 52nd career shutout, and Ryan Hartman had a goal and an assist for host Nashville.
KINGS 3, CANADIENS 0: Jack Campbell made 40 saves for his first career shutout, and Los Angeles spoiled Montreal’s home opener.
CANUCKS 4, LIGHTNING 1: Elias Petterson and Brock Boeser scored 1:10 apart in the third period as Vancouver won in Tampa. It was Petterson’s fourth goal in four games in his rookie season.
Abuse suspension reduced
Predators forward Austin Watson’s suspension for domestic abuse was reduced from 27 to 18 games by an arbitrator.
The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association announced arbitrator Shyam Das’s decision.
Commissioner Gary Bettman handed down the suspension last month. Watson pleaded no contest in July to a charge of domestic assault stemming from an incident in June, and the NHL found Watson engaged in unacceptable off-ice conduct.