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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Danny Briere pounced on a loose puck and knocked in the rebound at 3:52 of overtime to keep the Philadelphia Flyers perfect and lift them to a 6-5 win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.

Mike Richards bested Alex Ovechkin with his second career hat trick to help the Flyers improve to 3-0 for the first time since the 1998-99 season. Ovechkin scored twice and has five goals already on the season.

Ovechkin and Richards scored all their goals in a can-you-top-this second period. The teams scored seven times in the second, and Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov was yanked for Jose Theodore.

Alexander Semin scored twice for the Capitals. Matt Carle had four assists for the Flyers.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Tuomo Ruutu scored the final goal for the Hurricanes in a shootout, giving them a victory over the Lightning.

Sergei Samsonov began the shootout by beating Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith, wrapping the puck around him left to right, before Cam Ward stopped the Lightning's Martin St. Louis. Smith then stopped Jussi Jokinen, and after Vincent Lecavalier hit the right post the left-shooting Ruutu beat Smith stick side.

Jokinen got the regulation goal for Carolina while Ryan Malone scored for Tampa Bay, both on the power play.

TORONTO (AP) - Daniel Alfredsson's second-period goal on a penalty shot gave the Senators a victory over the Maple Leafs.

The Senators captain used a nifty backhand deke move against Swedish countryman Jonas Gustavsson to help lift his team to its first victory of the young season. Shean Donovan had the other goal for Ottawa.

Matt Stajan scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs.

After two losses with No. 1 goalie Vesa Toskala in net, Toronto gave Gustavsson his first career NHL start. The 24-year-old was steady in his debut but didn't get much help from the offense.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Andrew Brunette's power-play goal in overtime lifted the Wild to a win over the Ducks in Minnesota's home opener.

Trailing 3-0 with less than 14 minutes to play in the third, the Wild got goals from Mikko Koivu, Petr Sykora and Eric Belanger to send the game to overtime.

The Ducks got second period goals from Joffrey Lupul, Evgeny Artyukhin and Saku Koivu but were held to just two shots in the final 20 minutes of regulation as Minnesota rallied.

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Staffan Kronwall's first NHL goal lifted the perfect Flames to a victory over the Canadiens.

Kronwall's deciding goal was scored 2:16 into the third period when he fired a slap shot through a crowd and past goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Eric Nystrom, who scored twice for the Flames, thought he had his first career hat trick after being credited with Kronwall's goal. The sold-out crowd sent hats sailing onto the ice after Nystrom was announced as the goal scorer.

Montreal carried the play most of the third period, threatening several times to tie the game, but Miikka Kiprusoff stopped all 15 shots he faced in that final 20 minutes.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin picked up his 300th career victory and the Oilers won their first game of the season with a shootout win over the Stars.

Ales Hemsky scored the shootout winner. Mike Comrie, Sam Gagner, Dustin Penner and Denis Grebeshkov scored in regulation for the Oilers.

Brenden Morrow responded with a pair of goals while James Neal and Stephane Robidas also scored for Dallas.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Teddy Purcell scored the tiebreaking goal from behind San Jose's goal line with 5:10 to play, and the Kings blew a four-goal lead before holding off the Sharks.

Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists, and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves for Los Angeles in a wild meeting between the Pacific Division rivals.

After the Kings chased Evgeni Nabokov while taking their huge early lead, Devin Setoguchi scored two of San Jose's four power-play goals in less than 20 minutes.

Dany Heatley capped a three-point night with San Jose's tying goal just 26 seconds before Purcell ricocheted in an improbable shot from the corner off backup goalie Thomas Greiss' back skate.

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