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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Nikolai Zherdev scored the first of four first-period goals, and the New York Rangers remained unbeaten with a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.

Zherdev scored his second goal in two nights only 4:12 into the game, and Blair Betts, Fredrik Sjostrom and Michal Rozsival scored three more quick ones. The Rangers (4-0-0) won in Philadelphia for the eighth time in the past nine games and are off to their best start since they were 5-0 in 1983-84.

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin heard a mixture of those infamous Philly boos and some polite applause when she walked onto the ice before the game to drop the ceremonial first puck.

Scott Hartnell, Simon Gagne and Mike Richards scored goals for the Flyers, and goalie Martin Biron was booed off the ice when he was pulled late in the first period.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - David Booth scored his second goal of the game with 1:06 left in overtime to lift Florida.

Stephen Weiss also scored for the Panthers, and Richard Zednik - playing in his first regular-season game at BankAtlantic Center since his neck was slashed last February - had two assists.

Slava Kozlov and Jason Williams scored for Atlanta.

OTTAWA (AP) - Johan Franzen scored twice in the third period to rally the Detroit.

Franzen tied it at 2 with a goal off a quick transition 11:16 into the third before scoring the winner with 1:17 remaining. Valteri Filppula also scored for the Red Wings, who lost 3-2 to Toronto in their home opener Thursday.

Alexandre Picard and Nick Foligno scored for the Senators. Foligno's score with 1:59 left in the second period put Ottawa up 2-1.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Mike Comrie, Trent Hunter, Sean Bergenheim and Andy Hilbert all tallied in the first 20 minutes of the home opener, and backup goalie Joey MacDonald made the early offense stand up for the Islanders.

With No. 1 netminder Rick DiPietro watching from the bench as the backup for the second straight night as he works his way back from offseason knee surgery, MacDonald made 24 saves. Bill Guerin scored a late empty-netter for New York.

Brad Boyes and Keith Tkachuk scored for St. Louis.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alex Ovechkin scored twice, a sprawling Brooks Laich was credited with the go-ahead goal after a replay review, and Washington rallied to beat Chicago.

The Capitals raised a banner during a pregame ceremony to mark last season's Southeast Division title - and then promptly fell behind by on goals by the Blackhawks' Kris Versteeg and Jack Skille.

Matt Bradley pulled Washington within one and Ovechkin's first score - the reigning NHL MVP's first point of the season - made it 2-2 early in the second period.

After Laich put the Capitals ahead with 4:27 left, Ovechkin sealed the victory on a slap shot with 1 1/2 minutes to go.

TORONTO (AP) - Montreal newcomer Alex Tanguay had a goal and three assists to help the Canadiens rout Toronto for their first victory in their centennial season.

Sergei Kostitsyn scored twice and added an assist, and Roman Hamrlik, Alex Kovalev and Guillaume Latendresse also had goals for the Canadiens, coming off a 2-1 shootout loss at Buffalo on Friday night. Captain Saku Koivu added three assists.

Jason Blake scored for Toronto.

Montreal blew open the game early in the second period. The Canadiens scored three power-play goals - two off Kostitsyn's stick and the other from Tanguay - during a 5:28 stretch to take a 5-0 lead.

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