Kessel scores twice, Coyotes beat Sharks for series split

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Phil Kessel scored two goals, Antti Raanta stopped 31 shots and the Arizona Coyotes bounced back from an opening loss to beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 on Saturday.

Arizona got off to a slow start before coming to life late in a shootout loss to San Jose on Thursday night. The Coyotes pressured the Sharks from the start Saturday, scoring four goals in the opening two periods.

Kessel, who struggled with injuries in his first season in the desert, scored the tying goal in the closing seconds of the opener and had goals in each of the first two periods Saturday.

Clayton Keller scored for the second straight game, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson had three assists for Arizona. Jakob Chychrun and Barrett Hayton also scored.

Timo Meier had a goal and an assist, and Martin Jones allowed five goals on 24 shots for the Sharks. Ryan Donato and Tomas Hertl also scored.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Egor Sharangovich scored his first NHL goal in the final seconds of overtime to lift New Jersey past Boston for coach Lindy Ruff’s first victory with the Devils.

Damon Severson made a backhand pass at the edge of the offensive zone to set up the 22-year-old Sharangovich with 1.7 seconds remaining in overtime.

Miles Wood scored for the second consecutive game, and MacKenzie Blackwood made 27 saves for his first victory of the season.

Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston, and Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves.


NEW YORK (AP) — Pavel Buchnevich and Artemi Panarin each scored twice and Alexandar Georgiev stopped 23 shots for his fifth career shutout, leading the New York Rangers past the Islanders.

Kaapo Kakko also scored as the Rangers bounced back for their first victory two nights after being blanked 4-0 by the Islanders in the opener.

Rookie Ilya Sorokin had 27 saves in his NHL debut for the Islanders, getting the start after Semyon Varlamov was hit near the throat by a shot from Cal Clutterbuck in warmups.


OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Joe Thornton scored his first goal for Toronto, linemates Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner also connected for the first time this season, and the Maple Leafs beat Ottawa.

Marner had two assists, Thornton and Matthews each had one and Jack Campbell made 17 saves to help the Maple Leafs rebound from a 5-3 loss to the Senators on Friday night at Canadian Tire Centre.

The 41-year-old Thornton signed a one-year deal with the Maple Leafs in the offseason.

Tim Stutzle scored his first NHL goal and Nick Paul also scored for Ottawa. The 19-year-old Stutzle, from Germany, was the third overall pick in last year.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marcus Johansson scored with 11 seconds left in overtime and Minnesota beat Los Angeles for the second straight game after trailing by two goals after two periods.

Johansson’s wrist shot went was near the top of the net and beat Jonathan Quick on his stick side. Ryan Suter sent it to overtime with 2 seconds remaining with a snap shot near the blue line that Quick was unable to get his glove on.

Matt Roy could have put the Kings up by two goals with 36 seconds remaining, but his shot hit the right post on an empty-net situation.

Matt Dumba and Joel Eriksson Ek also scored for Minnesota, and Cam Talbot made 30 saves.

Gabriel Vilardi, Blake Lizotte and Alex Athanasiou scored for Los Angeles


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Max Pacioretty scored 7 seconds into overtime to lift Vegas past Anaheim.

Vegas rallied for the win after William Karlsson tied it with 1:22 left in regulation.

Pacioretty’s goal was the fastest to start a period in franchise history.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who came into the game 15-4-0 with a .927 save percentage and 1.95 goals-against average against the Ducks, stopped 21 shots.

Max Comtois scored for Anaheim and John Gibson had 31 saves to fall to 2-10-2 in his career against Vegas.


DETROIT (AP) — Robby Fabbri broke a tie with 2:42 left, Dylan Larkin got his second goal into an empty net and Detroit beat Carolina.

Fabbri fluttered the puck past Petr Mrazek from the front of the crease off a pass from Filip Zadina behind the net. Zadina also set up Bobby Ryan to score in his Red Wings debut, breaking a scoreless tie early in the second period, after the veteran forward missed the opener with an injury.

Detroit’s Jonathan Bernier finished with 29 saves in his season debut.

Vincent Trocheck and Andrei Svechnikov scored for Carolina.


CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Sean Monahan, Dillon Dube and Matthew Tkachuk scored power-play goals to help Calgary beat Vancouver.

Jacob Markstrom made 32 saves and shut out his former team to win Calgary’s home opener. It was the first NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome since March 8, 2020, a span of 10 months and eight days.

Braden Holtby stopped 32 shots for Vancouver.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Brad Richardson scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and Nashville beat Columbus to sweep the season-opening series.

Colton Sissons, Luke Kunin and Filip Forsberg also scored in the third period, and Rocco Grimaldi also had a goal for Nashville. Juuse Saros made 42 saves.

Nick Foligno and Alexandre Texier scored for Columbus.

Nashville won the opener 3-1 on Thursday night.


EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jeff Petry and Tomas Tatar each scored twice, Carey Price made 34 saves and Montreal beat Edmonton in the first of a two-game set.

Jake Evans also scored, and Phillip Danault and Brendan Gallagher each had two assists to help Montreal rebound from an opening overtime loss in Toronto.

Slater Koekkoek scored for Edmonton, spoiling Price’s shutout bid with 7:01 left. Mikko Koskinen stopped 30 shots for the Oilers.

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