Pascal Dupuis scored on a slap shot from along the edge of the left circle with 10.8 seconds left in overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins kept the Philadelphia Flyers winless, giving up a two-goal lead in less than a minute before winning 3-2 on Tuesday.
Dupuis, skating along the boards, took Brooks Orpik’s pass, hesitated for a moment as he debated whether to pass to a trailing Sidney Crosby, then let go of a hard shot that beat goalie Antero Niittymaki to the glove side.
The Flyers, despite getting goals from Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne in the final minute of the second period, are 0-3 for the first time since the labor dispute-shortened 1995 season.The Penguins didn’t get a goal from Crosby for the fourth consecutive game, yet avoided their first three-game losing streak since they dropped four in a row last November.
WILD 4, THRASHERS 2
At Atlanta, Antti Miettinen scored two third-period goals and Marian Gaborik and Andrew Brunette also scored as Minnesota downed Atlanta.
Ilya Kovalchuk, whose 255 career goals lead the NHL since his rookie season of 2001-02, scored his first goal of the season for Atlanta, which also got a goal from Bryan Little.
The Thrashers were outscored 3-1 in the third period.
FLAMES 5, AVALANCHE 4
At Calgary, Alberta, Todd Bertuzzi scored twice as Calgary hung on to beat Colorado for its first win.
Jarome Iginla scored short-handed at 7:23 of the third period gave the Flames a 4-3 lead over the winless Avalanche.
Four minutes later, Calgary went ahead by two when Iginla’s shot from the right wing was kicked out right to Bertuzzi, who slapped the rebound into the open side, but the Avalanche got within one just 18 seconds later when Ben Guite’s 60-foot (18m) one-hop wrist shot was muffed by Miikka Kiprusoff.
KINGS 6, DUCKS 3
At Los Angeles, Patrick O’Sullivan, Jarret Stoll and Tom Preissing scored on the power play and Wayne Simmonds got his first NHL goal as Los Angeles rallied from a sluggish start to down Anaheim.
The Kings are 1-2 under new coach Terry Murray, who replaced Marc Crawford after the Kings finished last season tied with Tampa Bay for the fewest points in the league.
It was their first game since second-year defenseman Jack Johnson sustained a shoulder injury that is expected to sideline him through the All-Star break at least.
Brian Sutherby and Todd Marchant scored first-period goals for the Ducks, who are off to an 0-3 start after back-to-back 100-point seasons and a Stanley Cup title last year.
Right winger Teemu Selanne also scored for the Ducks, his first of the season.
SHARKS 5, BLUE JACKETS 2
At San Jose, California, Patrick Marleau scored two goals and Evgeni Nabokov made 31 saves as San Jose beat Columbus to keep new coach Todd McLellan unbeaten through four games.
Jonathan Cheechoo had one of San Jose’s two short-handed goals, and Milan Michalek had a power-play score while the Sharks overcame two early deficits.
A three-goal flurry in the second period and two more quick scores in the third overwhelmed the Columbus defense and goalie Pascal Leclaire, who made 19 saves before getting yanked.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic also scored and Joe Thornton had two assists in San Jose’s fourth straight win over the Blue Jackets, who finished a season-opening three-game road trip with two losses.