Blues, Penguins continue perfect starts
The St Louis Blues and reigning Stanley Cup champions the Pittsburgh Penguins preserved their perfect starts to the NHL season.
St Louis goalie Carter Hutton inspired the Blues to a third consecutive victory with a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday.
Hutton produced 33 saves to earn his first win with the Blues since arriving from the Nashville Predators.
The Penguins made it back-to-back wins to open their title defence after edging the Anaheim Ducks 3-2.
A shoot-out was needed as the Ottawa Senators overcame the Montreal Canadiens 4-3.
HUTTON CANNOT BE BEATEN!
Hutton was an immovable object in St Louis. Of his 33 saves, 15 of those came in the third and final period.
Paul Stastny and Vladimir Tarasenko each posted a goal and an assist as the Blues started the season with three successive wins for the fourth time in their history, having done so in 1969-70, 1993-94 and 2014-15.
NO CROSBY, NO WORRIES FOR PENGUINS
Penguins star Sidney Crosby was once again sidelined with concussion but the defending champions still won without him.
Phil Kessel led the way, scoring midway through the second period to put the Penguins 3-1 up.
Marc-Andre Fleury tallied 33 saves for the Penguins, while Ducks counterpart Jonathan Bernier had 42 saves on debut.
KARLSSON THE HERO
The all-Canadian affair between the Senators and Canadiens was settled by Erik Karlsson in the shoot-out.
Montreal had rallied from 2-0 down to take a 3-2 lead thanks to Jeff Petry's double and Artturi Lehkonen's first NHL goal.
But Tom Pyatt opened his account for the Senators with just over two minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime.
AGE IS JUST A NUMBER, FIRST NHL GOAL FOR MARNER
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SHARKS WIN ON THE ROAD
An empty-net, power-play goal from Patrick Marleau saw the San Jose Sharks trump the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2.
The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New Jersey Devils by the same scoreline, the Chicago Blackhawks bounced back to defeat the Nashville Predators 5-3 and the Toronto Maple Leafs won for the first time this season via a 4-1 victory against the Boston Bruins.
Daniel Winnik helped the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 win at the expense of the New York Islanders, the Florida Panthers accounted for the Detroit Red Wings 4-1, the Minnesota Wild overcame the Winnipeg Jets 4-3, the Philadelphia Flyers lost 4-3 to the Arizona Coyotes in overtime, the Vancouver Canucks prevailed 2-1 in a shoot-out against the Calgary Flames, while the Dallas Stars went down 6-5 to the Colorado Avalanche.
DUCKS AND ISLANDERS SQUARE-OFF
After respective losses, the Ducks and Islanders have the chance to bounce back on Sunday. The Carolina Hurricanes face the Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers take to the ice against the Buffalo Sabres in the only other game.