PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal in nearly seven months and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 shots for his 39th career shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 2-0 on Thursday night.
Rookie Daniel Sprong picked up the first goal of his career for Pittsburgh, which won for the first time this season.
Craig Anderson made 34 saves for Ottawa but the Senators failed to muster significant momentum a night after dropping seven goals on Columbus. Ottawa went 0 for 3 on the power play and rarely tested Fleury over the final two periods as the Senators lost on the road for the first time in four tries.
ISLANDERS 4, PREDATORS 3
NEW YORK (AP) ? John Tavares and Nikolay Kulemin scored in the third period and New York handed Nashville its first loss of the season.
Anders Lee and Kyle Okposo scored in the second period to tie the score for the Islanders after they fell behind by two, and Thomas Greiss finished with 44 saves. Tavares and Lee also had an assist and Mikhail Grabovski added two as New York won its second straight and improved to 2-0-1 in its new Brooklyn home.
Austin Watson, Filip Forsberg and James Neal scored for the Predators, who had opened the season 3-0-0. Pekka Rinne had 24 saves.
Tavares' goal with 8:11 left in the third period gave the Islanders a 4-2 lead. Neal pulled the Predators within one less than three minutes later, but they couldn't get the tying goal past Greiss.
CAPITALS 4, BLACKHAWKS 1
WASHINGTON (AP) ??? Braden Holtby stopped 26 shots, Alex Ovechkin scored a goal in his return to the Washington lineup and the Capitals beat punchless Chicago.
John Carlson, T.J. Oshie and Matt Niskanen also scored for the Capitals, who welcomed back Ovechkin following a one-game disciplinary absence.
Coming off a 3-0 loss to Philadelphia one night earlier, the Blackhawks trailed by three goals in this one before Viktor Svedberg got his first goal of the season at 3:13 of the third period. That ended a scoreless drought of 107 minutes, 46 seconds for the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Ovechkin sealed the victory at 14:18, scoring from the left side of the net after a back-and-forth with teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov.
STARS 5, LIGHTNING 3
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) ??? Jason Spezza scored a momentum-shifting goal in the third period and had an assist to lead Dallas.
Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Cody Eakin and Jason Demers also scored for the Stars.
Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist, and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for the Lightning.
Namestnikov and Stamkos scored 1:38 apart in the third to get the Lightning within 4-3.
Spezza, coming off a three-goal game in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Edmonton, responded and gave Dallas a 5-3 lead at 10:29.
PANTHERS 3, SABRES 2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) ??? Jaromir Jagr scored twice in the first period and added an assist to lead Florida.
The 43-year-old Jagr stayed hot with his third and fourth goals of the season and continues to climb the all-time leader board in scoring. Linemate Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist.
Rookie defenceman Jake McCabe scored for Buffalo on assists by Marcus Foligno and Nicolas Deslauriers. Tyler Ennis scored on assists from Ryan O'Reilly and Rasmus Ristolainen.
Florida goalie Roberto Luongo made 24 saves for his 403rd career victory, tying him with Grant Fuhr for ninth in all-time wins.
CANADIENS 3, RANGERS 0
MONTREAL (AP) ????????? Carey Price made 25 saves and Montreal Canadiens made franchise history by starting a season with a fifth straight win.
Tomas Fleischmann, Dale Weise and Tomas Plekanec, with an empty-net effort, scored for as the Canadiens handed the Rangers (3-2-0) their second straight defeat.
Despite powerhouse Canadiens teams that won a record 24 Stanley Cups, the previous club record for wins to start a season was four, last accomplished in 1977-78.
There was playoff-like speed and intensity in the meeting of last season's two top regular season clubs, marked by a thrilling duel between perhaps the world's two best goalies ????????? Price and New York's Henrik Lundqvist.
BLUES 4, OILERS 2
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) ????????? Paul Stastny and Alexander Steen scored in the third period to help St. Louis spoil winless Edmonton's home opener.
Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for the Blues, who beat Edmonton for the eighth straight time. Stastny, Steen and Lehtera also each had an assist, and Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots.
Lauri Korpikoski and Taylor Hall scored for the Oilers, fell to 0-4-0. No. 1 draft pick Connor McDavid was held without a point in his first regular season game in Edmonton. Cam Talbot had 25 saves.
Steen sent a shot in front that deflected off Stastny and in for a power-play goal at 4:20 of the third to extend the Blues' lead to 3-1.
Hall pulled Edmonton back within one a little more than two minutes later, but Steen sealed it with a one-time with 2:09 left.