NEW YORK (AP) -Thomas Vanek scored twice, once on a power play and again when Buffalo was short-handed, and the Sabres handed the New York Rangers their first loss of the season, 3-1 Wednesday night.
Vanek netted the second of Buffalo's two power-play goals in the second period - the first man-advantage tallies allowed by the Rangers in six games this season - and then put the Sabres ahead in the third. He already has five goals in the Sabres' first three games, including consecutive two-goal contests.
Ales Kotalik also scored and Ryan Miller had a quiet night in goal for Buffalo (3-0), which trailed 1-0 and recorded only 18 shots. Lindy Ruff, the longest current tenured coach in the NHL, became the 23rd to reach 400 career victories.
Scott Gomez was the only one to get a puck past Miller, who made 19 saves, and he did it by getting hit by a shot from teammate Michal Rozsival. New York was trying for its first 6-0 record in club history, but settled for tying the best start that was established in 1983.
DALLAS (AP) - Fabian Brunnstrom scored three goals in his NHL debut to match the league record, Mike Modano had two goals and Dallas won for the first time this season.
Brunnstrom broke a 4-4 tie with 3:25 left when he struck from close range off a feed from Brad Richards. The Swede became the third player in NHL history to score a hat trick in his first game, joining Alex Smart of the Montreal Canadiens (Jan. 14, 1943) and Real Cloutier of the Quebec Nordiques (Oct. 10, 1979).
Modano's empty-netter - the 530th goal of his career - sealed the win with 3.3 seconds left. Stephane Robidas added a power-play goal for Dallas (1-1-1).
Ryan Jones scored his first NHL goal, and Radek Bonk, Patric Hornqvist, Martin Erat added goals for Nashville.
MONTREAL (AP) - Alex Tanguay scored the shootout winner to lift Montreal past Boston in the Canadiens' first home game in their 100th year.
Carey Price stopped Phil Kessel, Patrice Bergeron and Michael Ryder in the shootout to help Montreal win after blowing a 3-0 lead.
Alex Kovalev, Saku Koivu and Maxim Lapierre gave Montreal a 3-0 lead, beating Tim Thomas in a 3:19 span late in the opening period.
Boston's Marc Savard scored his second third-period goal with 47.6 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 3. David Krejci also scored for Boston, which has lost 12 straight regular-season games to Montreal, including a 0-7-1 mark last season.
Scattered boos were heard from the Bell Centre's upper reaches throughout the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the game, immediately following a stirring pregame ceremony featuring 12 Hall of Famers who played for the Canadiens.
CHICAGO (AP) - Nikolai Khabibulin made 29 saves and Martin Havlat, Patrick Sharp, Brian Campbell and rookie Colin Fraser scored for Chicago in the Blackhawks' first victory of the season.
Duncan Keith and Kris Versteeg each had two assists and the Blackhawks (1-2-1) scored more than two goals in a game for the first time this season.
Fraser's goal was his first in the NHL. Campbell's was his first with the Blackhawks after signing an eight-year, $56.7 million free-agent contract.
Peter Mueller scored for Phoenix.