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MONTREAL GAZETTE/TRIBLIVE.COM: Max Pacioretty scored twice and Carey Price made 31 saves as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2. It was the Canadiens fourth straight win and the Penguins third straight loss, with captain Sidney Crosby still seeking his first point of the season. Winger Beau Bennett was among the few bright spots for the Penguins, scoring one of their two goals.
WINNIPEG SUN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Nikolaj Ehlers tallied his first career NHL goal, Bryan Little scored twice and Michael Hutchinson made 40 saves to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers. The Blueshirts’ special teams struggled in this one, failing to score with the man advantage and giving up a shorthanded goal.
THE PROVINCE/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Alexander Edler netted a goal and set up another as the Vancouver Canucks blanked the struggling Los Angeles Kings 3-0, handing the latter their third straight defeat. The Canucks dedication to defense has been evident early in the season, while the Kings have seemed listless in the opening week of play.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS/EDMONTON JOURNAL: The good news for the Edmonton Oilers is rookie Connor McDavid scored his first NHL goal while backup goalie Anders Nilsson made 48 saves. The bad news is they were among the few bright spots in their 4-2 defeat by the Dallas Stars. The Oilers rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game, but Jason Spezza finished them off with two of his three goals in this game coming in the third period.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers have received solid goaltending so far this season. Their defense, however, remains porous while their offense is anemic.
STLTODAY.COM/CALGARY SUN: Rookie defenseman Colton Parayko scored twice as the St. Louis Blues held on for a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames, who lost forward Lance Bouma to a possible left-leg injury. It was a costly win for the Blues, as top defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk suffered a lower-body injury. His status will be updated today.
Latest on the Senators and Maple Leafs
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Goaltender Andrew Hammond has returned from a groin injury.
TORONTO STAR: With Phil Kessel’s departure, winger James van Riemsdyk is now the Maple Leafs most-talented player.