Kes­sel’s nat­u­ral trick leads Pens

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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.

AP PHOTO/KEITH SRAKOCIC

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.

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