Boston Herald

Kotkaniemi, Hurricanes roll past winless Habs


Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored his first goal for Carolina in his return to Montreal, helping the Hurricanes beat the winless Canadiens 4-1 on Thursday night.

The 21-year-old Kotkaniemi left the Canadiens for the Hurricanes over the summer after signing a $6.1 million offer sheet. The Finn was booed every time he touched the ice, let alone the puck.

With 10:37 to go, Kotkaniemi tipped in a shot from Brady Skjei to restore Carolina’s two-goal lead.

Sebastian Aho had two goals and an assist, Andrei Svechnikov also scored and Vincent Trocheck and Teuvo Teravainen each had two assists.

Frederik Andersen made 27 saves, allowing only Tyler Toffoli’s goal.

Jake Allen made 29 saves as Montreal dropped to 0-5-0 after reaching the Stanley Cup Finals last season.

Sharks 2, Senators 1 — Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc scored in the second period and James Reimer made 30 saves in San Jose’s victory over Ottawa.

The Sharks improved to 3-0-0. They have outscored opponents 11-4.

Drake Batherson scored for the Senators. Brady Tkachuk and goaltender Matt Murray made their season debut for Ottawa. Tkachuk, who signed a new contract last week, assisted on Batherson’s goal. Murray made 22 saves after missing the first three games with the flu.

Capitals 4, Devils 1 — Daniel Sprong set up Washington’s first goal and scored on a second-period breakaway in the Capitals’ victory over New Jersey.

Anthony Mantha, Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored to help the Capitals improve to 3-0-1 and drop the Devils to 2-1-0. Alex Ovechkin had his three-game goals streak snapped but had an assist on Orlov’s goal.

Vitek Vanecek had 24 saves for Washington, losing his shutout bid on Janne Kuokkanen’s power-play goal with 6:42 to play.

Blue Jackets 3, Islanders 2 — Patrik Laine scored at 1:49 of overtime to lift Columbus past New York.

Laine’s wrist shot from the left circle sent him tumbling to the ice and beat Ilya Sorokin. Elvis Merzlikins made 28 saves as Columbus improved to 3-1.

Mathew Barzal scored early in the third period for the Islanders to tie it after the Blue Jackets tallied twice in 33 seconds to end the second. Eighteen-year-old Cole Sillinger got his first NHL goal and Boone Jenner added his third of the season for Columbus.

Scott Mayfield also scored for the Islanders. They dropped to 1-3.

Panthers 4, Avalanche 1 — Sam Bennett scored the go-ahead goal, Sergei Bobrovsky earned his 300th NHL victory and Florida beat Colorado to remained undefeat,

The 4-0-0 start is the best in Panthers history. They had seven points in the standings through the first four games on three other occasions: 1996-97, 1999-2000 and last season. Florida made the playoffs in each of those seasons.

Anton Lundell had a goal and an assist, and Carter Verhaeghe and Sam Reinhart also scored for the Panthers. Mason Marchment added two assists. Bobrovsky made 30 saves, allowing only Mikko Rantanan’s goal.

Flames 3, Red Wings 0 — Jacob Markstrom made 33 saves for his ninth career NHL shutout in Calgary’s victory over Detroit.

Elias Lindholm, Andrew Mangiapane and Matthew Tkachuk scored.

Rangers 3, Predators 1 — Alexis Lafrenière scored with 9:07 remaining in the third period to lift New York over Nashville.

Filip Chytil and Barclay Goodrow also scored and Igor Shesterkin made 28 saves for New York, winners of three straight. Shesterkin has stopped 99 of 102 shots in those three games.

Philip Tomasino had the lone goal and Juuse Saros made 27 saves for Nashville, 1-3 on the season.

Jets 5, Ducks 1 — Kyle Connor scored twice and added an assist with regular linemates Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele in COVID-19 protocol and Winnipeg beat Anaheim for its first victory of the season.

Connor Hellebuyck made 38 saves to help the Jets improve to 1-2-1.

Pierre-Luc Dubois had a goal and assist, Andrew Copp and Josh Morrissey also scored, and Nate Schmidt added two assists.

Wheeler was symptomati­c, tested positive and began the NHL’s minimum 10-day quarantine on Monday. Scheifele tested positive Tuesday, but is asymptomat­ic. He needs to stay that way and produce two straight negative tests before returning.

Connor played on a line with Dubois and Evgeny Svechnikov.

Troy Terry scored for Anaheim, and John Gibson made 22 saves. Playing the third game of a four-game trip, the Ducks fell to 2-3-0.

Elsewhere in the NHL... New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL draft, has a dislocated left shoulder and will be sidelined indefinite­ly.

The Devils placed Hughes on injured reserve Thursday. They said he won’t need surgery at this time and he has started physical therapy. He will be re-evaluated next week.

Hughes was hurt on Tuesday night in a game against Seattle. He was ridden hard into the boards by Kraken defenseman Jeremy Lauzon shortly after New Jersey’s second goal and didn’t return.

Hughes scored two goals in the Devils’ season-opening win over the Chicago Blackhawks, including the game winner in overtime with a nifty backhand move.

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