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Joe Pavelski is on his way to becoming the most hated man in Denver.

The San Jose Sharks center, who scored 5 goals in six games against the Avalanche in the first round of the playoffs last spring, scored a pair of second-period power-play goals Thursday as the Sharks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory against Colorado Avalanche.

The win was the Sharks' first since their season-opener in Stockholm.

"I don't know what it is," Pavelski said of his success against Colorado. "I just have to keep playing here, I guess. It's just one of those things. It must be the lighting. Who knows, but the team played good tonight. We knew there were going to be a few mistakes, but we worked hard and kept it simple."

Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau set up both of Pavelski's goals, and Scott Nichol and Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks. Antero Niittymaki stopped 29 of 31 shots in goal.

Kyle Cumiskey and Milan Hejduk scored for the Avs, and Chris Stewart had a pair of assists.

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Bruins 4, Capitals 1

The Boston Bruins looked every bit as good in person as they had on TV -- especially goaltender Tim Thomas.

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Ducks 3, Flyers 2

All it took was a gritty goal and several timely saves for the Anaheim Ducks to finally claim their first road win of the season on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center.

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Penguins 4, Predators 3 (OT)

The Pittsburgh Penguins are the latest team to give the Nashville Predators one point but go home with two.

Kris Letang's goal with 1:11 left in overtime gave the Penguins a 4-3 victory at Nashville on Thursday night -- the third game in a row that the Predators have lost in OT. Letang took a pass from Sidney Crosby, stepped into a slap shot in the left circle and blew it past Pekka Rinne for the game-winner.

"It felt more like April or May," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "Nashville had the lead three times in the first, second and third. Our guys kept responding.

"The determination we played with in the third to tie the game and then in the overtime was great. It was a pretty impressive hockey game in a lot of different areas. It was an outstanding hockey game on both ends. It was a pretty big game for October."

The Predators have yet to lose in regulation, but they've dropped three in a row in OT, all at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville led three times, the third after Patric Hornqvist scored 5:08 into the third period, but Crosby got his second of the night with 7:04 left in regulation to force overtime.

"It was great to get the result we got," he said. "It was an intense game for two teams that don't see each other very much. When you talk about Nashville and Pittsburgh there isn't much of a rivalry. It was high-tempo game. Both teams were skating well."

Nashville coach Barry Trotz said his team was lucky to get to overtime after a third period in which Pittsburgh outshot the Preds 17-5.

"They got us on our heels and kept us on our heels," he said. "They probably deserved to win the game, based on the third period."

Trotz also said the Predators have to get better defensively. Two of the three OT losses -- to Washington and Pittsburgh -- saw the Predators unable to hold onto a third-period lead.

"We've got points in every game this year, but we're not playing all that well," he said. "We have to tighten up."

Devils 3, Canadiens 0 |

The Bell Centre continues to be Martin Brodeur's home away from home. He stopped 29 shots for his second shutout of the season as the Devils snapped a slump by winning in Montreal.

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Red Wings 4, Flames 2HIGHLIGHTS

Detroit overcame a slow start and got the tie-breaking goal by Johan Franzen 7:55 into the third period to beat the visiting Flames.

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Rangers 2, Maple Leafs 1

Marty Biron made 24 saves in his first start of the season and his teammates blocked 30 shots as the Rangers handed the Leafs their first regulation loss of the season.

Ruslan Fedotenko and Artem Anisimov scored 61 seconds apart late in the first period, and Biron -- with plenty of help from his friends -- made the lead stand up. Colby Armstrong whacked in a rebound midway through the third period for Toronto's only goal.

"We skated as hard as we've skated all season," Biron said after the Rangers' first win since opening night in Buffalo.

With his team minus three of its top forwards -- Marian Gaborik, Vaclav Prospal and Chris Drury -- due to injury, the Rangers won't win unless they outwork their opponents. Coach John Tortorella said his team played both hard and smart.

"It wasn't just our (defensemen), our forwards did a good job as far as pressuring their D inside their blue line and kept re-attacking," Tortorella said. "We jammed that neutral zone, and the neutral zone is a huge part of the game, especially against that offense. I thought we did a really good job with that."

The Leafs, who won their first four, have dropped back-to-back 2-1 games at home, losing to the Islanders in OT on Monday before Thursday's loss to the Rangers.

"They managed to get two (early) and then muddied up the game," coach Ron Wilson said. "We didn't want to get our nose dirty by going into the hard areas, coming across to support the puck. We got what we deserved."

Islanders 3, Lightning 2 (OT)

The Islanders had to wait about 10 extra minutes for their win. Not until after a lengthy video review was Matt Moulson's shot at 1:56 of overtime confirmed as a goal, giving the Islanders their third consecutive victory and second in a row in OT.

Moulson's whack rolled over Dan Ellis' arm, and the on-ice ruling was that the goaltender had swept the puck away before it crossed the goal line. Play continued for another 92 seconds before a whistle and the lengthy video review that showed the puck had barely crossed the line.

"Our video coordinator saw it while they were reviewing it and told us on the bench that he thought 100 percent it was in," Islanders coach Scott Gordon said after his team improved to 4-1-2.

Rick DiPietro made 28 saves for the Isles, including a save on former teammate Sean Bergenheim's second-period breakaway with the score tied 2-2. Bergenheim had scored on a first-period breakaway.

Michael Grabner gave the Isles an early lead before goals by Bergenheim and Martin St. Louis put the Lightning ahead. PA Parenteau's 5-on-3 goal at the 10-minute mark of the second period got the Isles even.

Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher wasn't upset about the call on the winning goal. His team's performance early in the game was another matter.

"I didn't care about the review," Boucher said. "We didn't come out in the first period. We didn't skate. We didn't battle. Half our bench wasn't there. Unacceptable."

Stars 4, Panthers 1 |

Jamie Benn set up three goals in his return from concussion-like symptoms as the Stars beat the Panthers to split their two-game swing through Florida.

Coach Marc Crawford put Benn with Tom Wandell and Steve Ott, and the combination clicked better than he could have imagined. Wandell scored twice and Ott once as the Stars improved to 5-1-0.

"That was a tremendous performance from the line of Wandell, Ott and Jamie Benn coming back into the lineup," Crawford said. "That takes pressure off the (other) lines."

James Neal had the other Dallas goal and Kari Lehtonen improved to 13-5-4 lifetime against Florida by making 28 saves. He lost his shutout bid when Steven Weiss scored with 3:06 left.

"Our goalie is playing so well," Crawford said. "He's just building such confidence from our group."

The Panthers looked nothing like the team that destroyed Tampa Bay 6-0 in Saturday night's home opener.

"That's not an excuse, time off," coach Pete DeBoer said. "It's disappointing. Our effort, our preparation, our attention to detail, we got beat at all the things that we're supposed to be taking pride in, outworking teams and attention to detail.

"I think one through 20, we weren't good. I don't think there's a guy in (the locker room) I could point to and say, hey, he was good."

Wild 4, Oilers 2 | HIGHLIGHTS

Former Oiler Kyle Brodziak scored twice against his old team as the Wild won in Edmonton.

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