BUFFALO, N.Y. – Marcus Johansson scored 1:30 into overtime, leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.
Jack Eichel scored twice and added two assists, and the Sabres improved to 3-0-1, the team’s best start since opening the 2009-10 season 4-0-1. Rookie Victor Olofsson matched an NHL record in becoming the fourth NHL player to score first six career goals on the power play in a game Buffalo converted two of five opportunities.
Jeff Skinner also scored and defenceman Rasmus Dahlin had two assists, while Carter Hutton stopped 23 shots and improved to 3-0.
Joel Armia scored twice and added an assist in a game the Canadiens rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit. Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Ben Chiarot, with the tying goal with 7:06 remaining, also scored for the Canadiens (1-0-2)
Keith Kincaid stopped 34 shots.
The game was decided just as Montreal’s Paul Byron exited the penalty box while serving a slashing penalty.
FLYERS 4, DEVILS 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carter Hart stopped 25 shots for his first career shutout to lift Philadelphia past New Jersey.
Ivan Provorov scored for the Flyers, and so did Kevin Hayes, Sean Couturier and Travis Konency as part of a three-goal third period in their home opener.
Hart shined in the Philly debut of new coach Alain Vigneault, securing the shutout in his 33rd NHL game.
Hart became the youngest goaltender in Flyers’ history to record a shutout, at the age of 21 years, 57 days. He topped Dominic Roussel, who shut out Calgary on February 27, 1992, at the age of 22 years, five days.
CANUCKS 8, KINGS 2
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — J.T. Miller had a goal and three assists to lead Vancouver past Los Angeles.
Miller finished Vancouver’s home opener with a career-high four points, while Brandon Sutter had two goals and an assist and Chris Tanev added a goal and an assist.
Elias Pettersson, Josh Leivo and Alex Edler also scored for Vancouver. Rookie defenceman Quinn Hughes scored his first NHL goal.
Tyler Toffoli and Sean Walker scored for the Kings.
Jacob Markstrom made 37 saves in the win. Jonathan Quick stopped 17 of 25 shots.