PHILADELPHIA – Alex Ovechkin scored two goals and the Washington Capitals used a three-goal third period to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 on Thursday night.
Ovechkin, the two-time league MVP, was off to a slow start with only one goal in the first five games. He ended that slump with goals in the first and third periods to lift the Capitals to a 6-0 start for the first time in team history. Washington had never started better than 4-0.
The Capitals stormed into Philadelphia and roughed-up Ilya Bryzgalov, scoring three goals in a 2:25 span in the third. The game was billed as a matchup between Bryzgalov and Washington’s Tomas Vokoun. The duel never materialized. Vokoun was nearly flawless after allowing Claude Giroux’s early goal in the first.
Mathieu Perreault, Roman Hamrlik and Joel Ward also scored for Washington.
DENVER (AP)—Patrick Sharp broke a tie early in the third period and Chicago beat Colorado to snap the Avalanche’s winning streak at five games.
Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa also scored and Corey Crawford made 30 saves to help the Blackhawks sweep a two-game trip that started in Phoenix on Tuesday night.
Ryan O’Byrne had a goal and Semyon Varlamov stopped 28 shots for Colorado.
The Avalanche’s winning streak came on the road. They’ve lost both home games this season.
PITTSBURGH (AP)—James Neal scored his NHL-leading seventh goal of the season, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots in Pittsburgh’s victory over Montreal.
Joe Vitale and Arron Asham added their first goals of the season for Pittsburgh.
Neal, who had just one goal in 20 games for Pittsburgh last season after coming over in a trade from Dallas, moved into a tie with Toronto’s Phil Kessel for the NHL goals lead.
Price stopped 29 shots for the Canadiens, who have lost four straight.
Brian Gionta scored with less than 2 minutes to go to spoil Fleury’s bid for his 20th career shutout.
Pittsburgh improved to 5-2-2.
BOSTON (AP)—Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin had a goal and two assists each and Boston handed Toronto its their first regulation loss.
The Stanley Cup champions scored two power-play goals, matching their total in the first six games of the season, and won for the second time in five games. It was just the second time in 41 regular-season games that they scored twice with a man advantage.
David Steckel gave Toronto (4-1-1) the lead 7:29 into the game before the Bruins (3-4) scored three times in less than 8 minutes to take a 3-1 lead after the first period. Nathan Horton and Chara scored on power plays and Chris Kelly connected with 2:11 left in the period. Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and Seguin scored in the third.
Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski finished the scoring.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP)—Defenceman Ryan McDonagh scored with 2 seconds remaining in overtime to lift New York past Calgary.
With a crowd in front of goalie Henrik Karlsson, Dan Girardi shot the puck wide off the end boards and it caromed out the other side to McDonagh and he scored into the open side.
Marian Gaborik and former Flame Brandon Prust also scored for New York (2-1-2). The Rangers have won the first two games of their four-game trip through Western Canada. They play in Edmonton on Saturday night.
Henrik Lundqvist, coming off a 40-shot shutout in Vancouver in his last start, made 33 saves for New York. Jarome Iginla and Mark Giordano scored for Calgary (2-3-1).
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)—Thomas Vanek scored two goals, and Ryan Miller made 22 saves for his first shutout of the season in Buffalo’s victory over Florida.
Jason Pominville added a goal and an assist for the Sabres.
Buffalo has five wins in its first six games and is undefeated in four road games. Miller shut out Florida after making a season-high 40 saves Tuesday night in a 3-1 victory in Montreal.
After scoring seven goals at Tampa on Oct. 17, the Panthers have not scored since.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—Dany Heatley tied it with 2 seconds left in regulation and Matt Cullen scored the shootout winner in Minnesota’s comeback victory over Edmonton.
With Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom off for an extra attacker, Heatley put a shot under Nikolai Khabibulin’s arm to force overtime. Ryan Jones scored in regulation for the Oilers (2-2-2).
The Wild have a nine game-winning streak against the Oilers.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Henrik and Daniel Sedin each had a goal and assist during Vancouver’s four-goal first period that chased Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne.
Shut out by the New York Rangers despite getting 40 shots Tuesday night, the Canucks wasted little time getting on the board against the slumping Predators.
Daniel Sedin opened the scoring 2:11 in, Henrik Sedin added another less than 4 minutes later, and Dale Weise, with his first as a Canuck, and Chris Higgins scored 1:26 seconds apart as the Canucks avoided losing their first three home games for the first time since 1984. Ryan Kesler also scored on a lengthy 5-on-3 in the third period—his first goal in his second game after off-season hip surgery—and Roberto Luongo, booed by the home fans Tuesday, finished with 24 saves. Matt Halischuk scired for the Predators.
PHOENIX (AP)—Jonathan Quick made 28 saves for his second straight shutout for Los Angeles.
On Tuesday night, Quick shut out St. Louis in the Kings’ home opener. He has 16 career shutouts.
Dustin Brown and Kyle Clifford scored in the second period.
The Kings improved to 4-1-1, and Phoenix dropped to 2-3-1 in front of an announced crowd of 7,128.
OTTAWA (AP)—Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza each had a goal and an assist in the second period to give Ottawa its first lead at the end of a period this season, and the Senators went on to beat Winnipeg.
Daniel Alfredsson scored in the third, Michalek added his second goal of the game into an empty net, and Spezza also finished with three points with his second assist.
Craig Anderson made 35 saves to help Ottawa end a three-game losing streak. The Senators (2-5-0) claimed their first win in regulation in seven games.
Dustin Byfuglien scored his first goal for Winnipeg (1-4-1).
TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and an assist to help Tampa Bay stop a five-game losing streak with a victory over New York.
Ryan Malone, Steven Stamkos and Brett Clark also scored for the Lightning.
The Islanders got a goal from Michael Grabner. New York had won three in a row, all coming during a season-opening four-game homestand.