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Penguins beat Capitals in SO for 1st win

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Casey DeSmith felt the puck at his feet, looked down to confirm it was indeed the case then exhaled as his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates poured over the bench in the middle of an empty arena to congratulate their backup goaltender, the one hardly playing like a backup.

Starting in place of a shaky Tristan Jarry, DeSmith turned aside 20 shots he faced in regulation and overtime then stuffed Washington's T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin in the shootout as the Penguins picked up their first win of the season with a 4-3 victory on Sunday.

Given the start after Jarry allowed nine goals on 31 shots while getting swept in Philadelphia last week, DeSmith picked up his first victory since March 14, 2019, when he denied Ovechkin after Jake Guentzel put Pittsburgh up in the fourth round of the shootout.

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Yandle gets 100th goal in Panthers' win

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Keith Yandle got his 100th career goal, Chris Driedger made 23 saves and the Florida Panthers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Sunday night.

Eetu Luostarinen scored his first NHL goal, and Aaron Ekblad, Patric Hornqvist, and Jonathan Huberdeau also scored for Florida, which had three goals in the third period to pull away in its delayed opener. The Panthers were to have played Dallas last week twice, games that were called off because of a COVID-19 outbreak among the Stars.

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Flames' Markstrom shuts out former team

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Sean Monahan, Dillon Dube and Matthew Tkachuk scored power-play goals and Jacob Markstrom' made 32 saves and shut out his former team as the Calgary Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 Saturday night.

Calgary's home-opener was the first NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome since March 8, 2020, a span of 10 months and eight days.

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Thornton scores 1st for Leafs in win

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Joe Thornton scored his first goal for Toronto, linemates Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner also connected for the first time this season, and the Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday night.

"We have a lot of fun out there," Thornton said. "I think we'll continue to keep growing as a line because we are having fun and we get excited before every game. I think you can tell each game we're getting better and that's a real good sign."

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Wild rally, defeat Kings in OT again

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Minnesota Wild won only two games last season when trailing after two periods. They have already equaled that total during the first week of the season.

Marcus Johansson scored with 11 seconds remaining in overtime Saturday night as the Wild rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings for the second straight game after trailing by two goals after two periods.

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Rangers return favor, shut out Islanders

NEW YORK (AP) Pavel Buchnevich and Artemi Panarin each scored twice and Alexandar Georgiev stopped 23 shots for his fifth career shutout, leading the New York Rangers to a 5-0 win over the Islanders on Saturday night.

Kaapo Kakko also scored as the Rangers bounced back for their first victory two nights after being blanked 4-0 by the Islanders in the season opener.

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Knights score late, edge Ducks in OT

LAS VEGAS (AP) Max Pacioretty scored 7 seconds into overtime to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.

Vegas rallied for the win after William Karlsson tied it with 1:22 left in regulation.

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Petry, Tatar score 2 as Habs top Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Jeff Petry and Tomas Tatar each scored twice, Carey Price made 34 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 on Saturday night.

Jake Evans also scored, and Phillip Danault and Brendan Gallagher each had two assists to help Montreal rebound from an opening overtime loss in Toronto.

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Richardson snaps tie, Preds beat Jackets

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators are showing scoring depth, good goaltending and an ability to finish.

It's all part of why they're off to an undefeated start.

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Sharangovich's late OT goal lifts Devils

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Egor Sharangovich scored his first NHL goal in the final seconds of overtime to propel the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

MacKenzie Blackwood made 27 saves and picked up his first victory of the season. Miles Wood also scored for the second consecutive game for New Jersey.

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