Colorado’s six-game winning streak to start the National Hockey League (NHL) season ended with a 4-2 home loss against Detroit on Thursday.
Johan Franzen scored twice, including the tiebreaker with 12 minutes, 50 seconds remaining, and Jonas Gustavsson stopped 38 shots for the Red Wings.
Among other games, San Jose’s perfect start to the season also ended at the hands of Dallas, while Pittsburgh’s star players scored in a win over Philadelphia and St Louis edged Chicago in a shootout.
Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk also had two goals and Daniel Alfredsson added three assists for the Red Wings, who lost dependable defenseman Niklas Kronwall early when he was carried off the ice on a stretcher after being rammed into the boards by Cody McLeod.
Erik Johnson and Gabriel Landeskog scored for the Avalanche, who finished a win short of matching the franchise record for best start (7-0), set by the 1985-1986 Quebec Nordiques.
Dallas rookie Alex Chiasson scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Stars a 4-3 win over San Jose.
The Sharks fell one game shy of tying last season’s team-record 7-0 start.
Dallas’ tying goal came from Cody Eakin in the second period, and the hosts also got goals from Tyler Seguin and Trevor Daley.
Tyler Kennedy, Matthew Nieto and Patrick Marleau scored for San Jose.
Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, Jussi Jokinen and Chris Kunitz scored, leading the Penguins to a 4-1 win over Pennsylvania rivals Philadelphia, while Evgeni Malkin added an empty-net goal in the final seconds.
Off to their worst start after eight games, the Flyers are 1-7 and mired in last place with just two points. They are yet to score more than two goals in any game.
Crosby has a career-best, seven-game point streak to start the season.
St Louis’ T.J. Oshie scored the lone goal in the shootout and Jaroslav Halak stopped all three Chicago shooters in the tiebreaker as the Blues downed the Blackhawks 3-2.
David Backes and Alexander Steen scored in regulation in the Blues’ first road game of the season.
Marian Hossa scored on a breakaway and set up Brandon Pirri’s first NHL goal for Chicago, who have won or lost by a single goal in six of their seven games.
Boston’s Reilly Smith scored the winning goal with 59 seconds left to give the Bruins a 3-2 win over Florida.
Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar scored the only goal of the shootout, lifting the Kings to a 2-1 win over Nashville.
Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos scored a tiebreaking goal with 5:04 left to give the Lightning a 3-1 win against Minnesota.
New York’s John Tavares netted the go-ahead goal late in the second period as the Islanders overcame conceding two goals in nine seconds to beat Edmonton 3-2.
Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo made 25 saves in the Canucks’ 3-0 win over Buffalo.
Carolina’s Ron Hainsey netted the winner in the Hurricanes’ three-goal third period, which delivered a 3-2 victory over Toronto.
Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec scored with 1:07 left to break a tie and added an empty-net goal to give the Canadiens a 5-3 win against Columbus.
Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza each had a goal and two assists to lead the Senators past New Jersey 5-2.