Tomas Hertl scored four goals, while Matthew Nieto had his first NHL goal and added two assists, as the San Jose Sharks beat the New York Rangers 9-2 on Tuesday night.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Dan Boyle, Logan Couture and Justin Braun also scored for the Sharks, who won their third straight of the young season. They have outscored their opponents 17-4.
Jason Demers and Joe Pavelski each had three assists.
Brad Richards and Derek Dorsett scored for the Rangers, who were coming off a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.
San Jose goalkeeper Antti Niemi needed to stop 18 shots for the win, while Rangers goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 of 26 shots during his nearly 30 minutes on the ice. Martn Biron took over in the net after the Sharks built a 4-1 advantage and saved 16 of 21.
The nine goals were one off the franchise record.
PENGUINS 5, HURRICANES 2
In Pittsburgh, Jussi Jokinen scored his first hat trick in nearly six years to help Pittsburgh pull away from Carolina for the victory.
Jokinen helped the Penguins improve to 3-0, opening the scoring in the first period and adding two goals in the third after Carolina drew even at 2-2.
Paul Martin and Tanner Glass also scored for Pittsburgh, while Sidney Crosby picked up his first two assists of the season. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 shots for the Penguins, who have not trailed through three games. Pittsburgh has outscored opponents 12-3 while getting off to the franchise’s best start since 1994-1995.
Eric Staal and Nathan Gerbe scored for the Hurricanes and Cam Ward made 32 saves.
CANUCKS 3, DEVILS 2, OT
In Vancouver, Jason Garrison scored at 2 minutes, 18 seconds of overtime as Vancouver defeated New Jersey.
Garrison’s shot from the point through traffic beat Cory Schneider in the goaltender’s first game against his former team.
Daniel Sedin, with a goal and an assist, and Alexander Edler scored for Vancouver (3-1-0), who got 21 saves from Roberto Luongo.
Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias each had a goal and an assist for New Jersey (0-1-3), who were playing their second game in as many nights.
PREDATORS 3, WILD 2
In Nashville, Tennessee, Filip Forsberg and Colin Wilson scored power-play goals 39 seconds apart in the first period to lead Nashville to victory over Minnesota in their home opener.
Eric Nystrom added his first career penalty shot goal all in the first period for Nashville, matching the goals the Predators had totaled in losing their first two games. Pekka Rinne made 32 saves.
Zach Parise scored a power-play goal, and Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Wild.
Minnesota lost goalie Niklas Backstrom to a lower body injury in the first, when Nystrom crashed into him after being tripped on a breakaway. The Wild said Backstrom would be evaluated yesterday.
Josh Harding replaced Backstrom and gave up the goal to Nystrom.
AVALANCHE 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1
In Toronto, P.A. Parenteau scored early in the third period to help Colorado edge Toronto.
Tied 1-1 going into the third, Colorado went ahead at 2:30 on a two-on-one with Jamie McGinn setting up Parenteau.
The goal stood up to video review.
“According to Rule 78.4, ‘if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed.’ Good goal Colorado,” the NHL said in explaining the call.
Avs rookie Nathan MacKinnon, the 18-year-old first overall pick in the draft, got an assist — his fourth — on Parenteau’s third goal of the season. Cory Sarich also scored for Colorado, who got another terrific start from Semyon Varlamov in net.