NHL roundup: Leafs' Matthews scores 8th, 9th goals

NHL roundup: Leafs' Matthews scores 8th, 9th goals
By Reuters

12/10/2018 at 06:26Updated 12/10/2018 at 06:28

Auston Matthews scored two goals to increase his league-leading total to nine, and the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs topped the winless Detroit Red Wings 5-3 on Thursday.

Mitchell Marner had a goal and an assist and John Tavares supplied four
assists for Toronto. Morgan Rielly added a goal and an assist, Nazem Kadri had
two assists, Ron Hainsey chipped in an empty-net goal, and Frederik Andersen
made 26 saves.

Defenseman Nick Jensen scored two goals and Dylan Larkin had the other for the
Red Wings. Jimmy Howard turned aside 30 shots.

Blues 5, Flames 3

David Perron's hat trick powered St. Louis past visiting Calgary for the
Blues' first victory of the season.

After James Neal's first goal in a Flames uniform put Calgary ahead 7:32 into
the first period, Alexander Steen tied it for the Blues just 12 seconds later.

That was the first of five consecutive goals for the Blues, whose offensive
burst came after they allowed five goals in each of their first two games,
both losses. Joel Edmundson also scored for St. Louis, which got 31 saves from
Jake Allen.

Penguins 4, Golden Knights 2

Phil Kessel had a natural hat trick, his first three goals of the season, to
lead Pittsburgh past visiting Vegas.

Kessel scored once in the first period and twice in the second to lift
Pittsburgh from a 1-0 deficit to a 3-1 lead. It was his sixth hat trick, his
first with the Penguins and his first since Feb. 1, 2014.

Jake Guentzel also scored for Pittsburgh, and Evgeni Malkin had three assists
-- on Kessel's goals. Tomas Nosek and Reilly Smith scored and Jonathan
Marchessault added two assists for Vegas, which lost for the fourth time in
the first eight days of the season.

Devils 6, Capitals 0

Kyle Palmieri produced his second two-goal game in as many tries this season,
and Keith Kinkaid posted his fifth career shutout as New Jersey cruised past
Washington in Newark, N.J.

Marcus Johansson, Blake Coleman, Jean-Sebastien Dea and Brian Boyle also
scored for the Devils. Kinkaid's shutout was his first since he blanked the
Los Angeles Kings in a 3-0 win on March 17.

Pheonix Copley made 30 saves for the Capitals, who took their first regulation
loss of the season.

Canucks 4, Lightning 1

Brock Boeser's tiebreaking goal at 12:17 of the third period led Vancouver to
a victory at Tampa Bay.

Boeser gave the Canucks an 2-1 lead with an unassisted marker on a slap shot
off a Tampa Bay giveaway. It was the first goal of 2018-19 for Boeser, who led
the Canucks in scoring as a rookie last season but had struggled in his first
three games this season.

Rookie Elias Pettersson, with his team-leading fourth goal of the season, Jake
Virtanen and Markus Granlund also tallied for the Canucks. Brayden Point
scored for Tampa Bay.

Kings 3, Canadiens 0

Jack Campbell made 40 saves, and Adrian Kempe and Michael Amadio scored
first-period goals as Los Angeles spoiled Montreal's home opener.

Jeff Carter added a goal and two assists, putting the game away with a
third-period score as the Kings improved to 1-1-0 on their early-season,
four-game trip through Canada. It was the second consecutive season the Kings
shut out the Canadiens in Montreal.

Campbell recorded his first career shutout in his eighth career start, taking
over in net for the third consecutive game after veteran goalie Jonathan Quick
sustained a lower-body injury in practice Saturday.

Rangers 3, Sharks 2 (OT)

Brady Skjei scored 37 seconds into overtime as New York rallied late in
regulation and earned a victory over visiting San Jose.

The Rangers were 2:39 away from falling to 0-4 for the first time since
1998-99, but defenseman Brendan Smith tied the game, assuring the Rangers of
at least a point.

Skjei ensured New York would get two points when he slipped a 13-foot wrist
shot from near the left circle over Aaron Dell's shoulder, giving new coach
David Quinn his first NHL win. It was Skjei's second career game-winning goal
and first overtime goal.

Blue Jackets 5, Panthers 4

Cam Atkinson scored with 2:46 left in the third period as Columbus earned a
win in Sunrise, Fla.

Artemi Panarin scored once and provided three assists for the Blue Jackets,
who survived a coach's challenge for goalie interference on the Atkinson goal.

The Panthers, playing their home opener, got one goal and two assists from
Evgenii Dadonov plus a goal and an assist from Aleksander Barkov.

Avalanche 6, Sabres 1

Colorado scored on its first two power plays during a three-goal first period
en route to a win at Buffalo.

Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, and Tyson Jost, Colin Wilson and Carl Soderberg
had goals in a 5:35 span of the first frame to give the Avalanche their first
road win of the season. Alex Kerfoot also scored, Mikko Rantanen had three
assists, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots for Colorado.

Nathan Beaulieu scored and Carter Hutton had 24 saves for the Sabres, who
wound up with two wins on their four-game, season-opening homestand that ended
Thursday.

Bruins 4, Oilers 1

David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron scored to continue their
recent hot streaks as host Boston defeated Edmonton.

Bergeron's goal was his fifth of the season, Pastrnak's his fourth and
Marchand's his first after he compiled seven assists in the previous two
games. Bergeron also had an assist, as their line has combined to score 22
points in the past three games, all Bruins wins.

Joakim Nordstrom also scored, and Matt Grzelcyk added two assists for Boston,
which beat Edmonton for the second straight time after six consecutive losses
in the series. Connor McDavid scored for the Oilers.

Wild 4, Blackhawks 3 (OT)

Jason Zucker had two goals and an assist, including the game-winning goal with
1:35 to play in overtime, to lift Minnesota past Chicago in Saint Paul, Minn.

Ryan Suter and Eric Staal each finished with a goal and two assists for the
Wild. Minnesota evened the score at 3 on a short-handed goal with only 23
seconds left in the third period. Zach Parise's initial shot attempt was
denied, but Suter knocked in the rebound to force overtime.

Alex DeBrincat led Chicago with two goals and an assist. Dominik Kahun notched
his first career NHL goal for the Blackhawks, while Jonathan Toews had two
assists.

Predators 3, Jets 0

Ryan Johansen, Roman Josi and Ryan Hartman scored their first goals of the
season, and Pekka Rinne posted his 52nd career shutout as host Nashville beat
Winnipeg.

Hartman scored on a breakaway early in the second period, and Rinne nursed the
lead until Johansen and Josi scored about seven minutes apart in the third.

Rinne made 29 saves, four on a Winnipeg power play midway through the third
period and another on a breakaway by Blake Wheeler with three minutes
remaining to preserve the shutout.

--Field Level Media

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