Matthews’s ninth goal in five games ties record



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.

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