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NHL Capsules: Crosby, Kunitz lead Penguins to first home victory of the season

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each had a goal and two assists, and the Pittsburgh Penguins picked up their first home victory of the season, beating the New Jersey Devils 5-1 Saturday.

Penguins defenceman Robert Bortuzzo scored his first NHL goal, Brandon Sutter got his first with Pittsburgh and Kris Letang also found the back of the net for the Penguins, who handed the Devils their first loss in regulation this season.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 15 shots for the win, while Evgeni Malkin and Pascal Dupuis had two assists apiece.

Andy Greene scored a short-handed goal for the Devils. Martin Brodeur was sharp through two periods, stopping 17 of 19 shots, but allowed three goals in the third as the Penguins turned a one-goal game into a rout.


MONTREAL (AP)—Rene Bourque and David Desharnais each scored twice to lead Montreal to a win over Buffalo.

Carey Price made 30 saves for the Canadiens for his fifth win of the season. Lars Eller added a goal and two assists, while rookie Brendan Gallagher also scored.

Ryan Miller stopped 17 shots over two periods for Buffalo before being replaced in the third by backup Jhonas Enroth.

Thomas Vanek broke Price's shutout bid with a short-handed goal at 3:01 of the third period.


DENVER (AP)—P.A. Parenteau and Jamie McGinn scored goals 3 minutes, 29 seconds apart in the second period to help Colorado rally past Edmonton.

Paul Stastny also scored and Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves for Colorado, which remained unbeaten in three home games. Matt Duchene and McGinn added assists.

Devan Dubnyk stopped 37 shots and Nail Yakupov scored for the Oilers.

The injury-riddled Avalanche suffered another loss when defenceman Ryan Wilson left the game in the second period with a leg injury. He did not return.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—Rick Nash scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period, and the New York Rangers beat Tampa Bay.

The Rangers took a 2-1 lead on Nash's second goal of the season, coming at 3:04 of the third period. Carl Hagelin made it 3-1 with 5:13 to play with his first goal in 20 games. Derek Stepan also scored for New York.

Steven Stamkos scored both goals for the Lightning, who went 4-1 on a five-game homestand. The centre, who cut the deficit to 3-2 with 21 seconds remaining, has seven goals and 16 points during a season-opening, eight-game point streak.

Rangers goalie Martin Biron made 30 saves in his first start of the season. Mathieu Garon started for the second time and had 27 saves for Tampa Bay.


TORONTO (AP)—Chris Bourque scored his first goal with the Bruins and Boston held on to edge Toronto.

The Bruins threatened throughout the tightly played game, but James Reimer stopped 33 shots from all angles as Boston came at him in waves.

The Bruins (6-1-1) limited the Leafs to 21 shots and killed off two penalties in the last nine minutes to hang on to beat Toronto (4-4).

This was the first meeting between the teams this season. Boston won all six matchups last season, outscoring the Maple Leafs 36-10.

Boston is 24-5-5 in its last 34 games against Toronto and 13-2-3 in its past 18 visits to Toronto.

Tuukka Rask, acquired from Toronto for Andrew Raycroft in 2006, earned the win.


PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Claude Giroux and Danny Briere each had a goal and an assist to help Philadelphia beat Carolina.

Kurtis Foster, Brayden Coburn and Mike Knuble also scored for the Flyers, who won for just the third time in nine games.

Joni Pitkanen, Eric Staal and Patrick Dwyer had Carolina's goals.

Ilya Bryzgalov made several tough saves among his 39 stops, and the Flyers improved to 23-4-4 against Carolina since Nov. 28, 2003.

Philadelphia scored three power-play goals on its first three chances. The Flyers came in 5 for 40 on the power play.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Artem Anisimov scored twice in the second period, and Steve Mason stopped 32 shots to lead Columbus past Detroit.

Mark Letestu added a short-handed goal, and James Wisniewski also scored for the Blue Jackets before leaving with an injury after he struck the end boards with his back early in the second period. Fedor Tyutin had two assists.

Mason, who earned his first win of the season, overcame an early goal by Johan Franzen. Damien Brunner added his fourth goal in the final seconds.

Anisimov, acquired in the blockbuster deal that sent captain Rick Nash to the New York Rangers, leads the offence-starved Blue Jackets with four goals.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Mike Smith stopped 17 shots, and Phoenix was at its tight-checking best in a win over Dallas.

Nick Johnson scored his third goal of the season, and Mikkel Boedker netted his second for the Coyotes, who have points in four straight games.

The Coyotes have gotten back to their stay-at-home style that helped them reach the Western Conference finals last season.

Smith was there to turn away anything that reached the net for his 20th career shutout, first this season.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Nick Bonino scored his third goal on a power play with 11:21 to play, and surging Anaheim beat Los Angeles in the first Freeway Faceoff of the season.

Bonino scored two goals in the first six minutes to chase Jonathan Quick before completing his first career hat trick against Jonathan Bernier.

Kyle Palmieri scored the tiebreaking power-play goal, and Teemu Selanne put his 666th career goal into an empty net for the Ducks, who have won five of seven to start the season.

Captain Dustin Brown scored two power-play goals for the Kings. Jarret Stoll and Justin Williams also scored, for the Kings (2-3-2).

Quick yielded Bonino's two goals on the Ducks' first three shots before he was pulled 5:49 in for Bernier, who stopped 17 shots in his season debut. Bonino earned an assist on Selanne's goal for his first four-point game.

Emerson Etem, Bobby Ryan and Luca Sbisa each had two assists for Anaheim, and captain Ryan Getzlaf and Sheldon Souray also scored. Jonas Hiller stopped 30 shots.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Craig Smith scored the lone goal in the shootout and Pekka Rinne stopped all three San Jose attempts to help Nashville hand the Sharks their first loss of the season.

Sergei Kostitsyn scored his first goal of the season to break a scoreless tie in the opening minute of the third period. Rinne made 26 saves through overtime and led the Predators to their second straight shootout win after they lost their first three this season.

Marty Havlat made up for a premature celebration that cost San Jose a goal by scoring the equalizer on the power play with 6:21 remaining in regulation.

But the Sharks were unable to get the next goal and missed a chance at their eighth straight victory to tie for the third longest season-opening winning streak in NHL history.


CALGARY, Alberta (AP)—Marian Hossa scored the tying goal with 2.3 seconds left in the third period, and Patrick Kane added a goal and then had the shootout winner in Chicago's victory over Calgary.

Ray Emery had 45 saves for the Blackhawks (7-0-2).

The game was scoreless through two periods, and Calgary outshot Chicago 24-6 in the third. The Flames appeared set to hand the Blackhawks their first regulation loss when Jay Bouwmeester scored with 35 seconds remaining to put the Flames ahead 2-1.

Dennis Wideman also scored for the Flames (1-3-2).

The Blackhawks have gone to a shootout in each of their first three games of a season-high, six-game road trip, but this was the first one they won.


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