Kessel’s natural trick leads Pens
PITTSBURGH Phil Kessel scored a natural hat trick and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 on Thursday night.
Vegas scored the first goal, and Kessel had the next three — with the final two coming on second-period breakaways. It was Kessel’s sixth career hat trick and first in four seasons with Pittsburgh. His last hat trick came Feb. 1, 2014, with Toronto.
BLUES 5, FLAMES 3
ST. LOUIS — David Perron scored his fourth career hat trick, Alexander Steen had a goal and an assist, and St. Louis beat Calgary for its first victory of the season.
Joel Edmundson also scored, Brayden Schenn had three assists, and Jake Allen made 31 saves.
BLUE JACKETS 5, PANTHERS 4
SUNRISE, Fla. — Cam Atkinson scored with 2:46 left to lift Columbus past Florida.
With traffic in front of the net, Atkinson swept the puck past goalie James Reimer, who was flat on his back during the play. The Panthers challenged for goalie interference, but the goal stood.
0 DEVILS 6, CAPITALS
NEWARK, N.J. — Kyle Palmieri scored twice, Keith Kinkaid made 21 saves and New Jersey celebrated its home opener with the blowout victory over Stanley Cup champion Washington.
CANUCKS 4, LIGHTNING 1
TAMPA, Fla. — Elias Petterson and Brock Boeser scored 1:10 apart in the third period and Jake Virtanen and Markus Granlund added empty-net goals in Vancouver’s victory over Tampa Bay.
MAPLE LEAFS 5, RED WINGS 3
DETROIT — Auston Matthews scored twice for an NHL-leading nine goals — tying a league record after five games — and Toronto beat Detroit for its third straight victory.
AVALANCHE 6, SABRES 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Nathan MacKinnon scored twice to extend his season-opening goals streak to four games, and Colorado beat Buffalo.
RANGERS 3, SHARKS 2, OT
NEW YORK — Brady Skjei buried a wrist shot 37 seconds into overtime to lift New York past San Jose for coach David Quinn’s first career victory.
KINGS 3, CANADIENS 0
MONTREAL — Jack Campbell made 40 saves for his first career shutout and Los Angeles spoiled Montreal’s home opener.
BRUINS 3, OILERS 1
BOSTON — Brad Marchand and Joakim Nordstrom scored in a 36-second span in the first period and Jaroslav Halak stopped 25 shots to help Boston beat Edmonton.
Pittsburgh Penguins' Phil Kessel, left, snaps a shot as Vegas Golden Knights' Colin Miller (6) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday in Pittsburgh.