Ryan Smyth scored three goals in a 2:01 span early in the third period to lead the Oilers to a 6-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks last night in Edmonton, Alberta.
The hurried hat trick broke Wayne Gretzkys franchise record for fastest three goals by 17 seconds and pushed Smyth over the 500-point mark for his career.
Jonathan Cheechoo had three goals for the Sharks, who were going for the first 4-0 start in franchise history.
San Jose was leading, 4-2, after the two periods. Kyle McLaren of the Sharks was called for two penalties and Smyth scored on both power plays, just 19 seconds apart. He then added the game-winner for his fifth career hat trick and fourth point of the night.
Patrick Thoresen was credited with his first career goal three minutes into the game when a bouncing puck pinballed past San Jose goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.
Penguins 6, Rangers 5 -- Sidney Crosby scored a power-play goal with 3.3 seconds left, his fourth point of the game, and the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled out a wild 6-5 victory over the Rangers last night in New York.
Crosby fired a pass from the right-wing boards, while Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr sat in the penalty box, that struck someone in front and ricocheted in. Earlier, the 19-year-old phenom set up three goals for Pittsburgh, which had only 22 shots on goal.
Jordan Staal, the No. 2 pick in this year's draft, and Kris Letang scored their first NHL goals for Pittsburgh, while Ryan Whitney scored his first two of the season and Michel Ouellet added one.
Marc-Andre Fleury allowed goals to Jagr, Matt Cullen, Adam Hall, Michael Nylander, and Brendan Shanahan but still made 37 saves against the Rangers, who recorded three goals on 18 shots in the second period.
After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for six goals in the second with Pittsburgh getting three on only seven shots.
Devils 7, Maple Leafs 6 -- Martin Brodeur atoned for the worst 20 minutes of his home career with the Devils by stopping three shots in a shootout and New Jersey rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat Toronto.
Brian Gionta led the Devils' comeback by scoring three times in the third period to tie the game, 6-6, the tying goal coming with 37 seconds to play.
Gionta also scored in the shootout which the Devils won, 2-1, in four rounds.
John Madden scored twice in regulation and Sergei Brylin once as New Jersey overcame a five-goal second period by the Maple Leafs, which tied the record for most against the Devils at home.
Matt Stajan scored twice and Jeff O'Neill, Chad Kilger, Darcy Tucker, and Alexei Ponikarovsky each had one goal for Toronto.
Wild 3, Capitals 2 -- Mikko Koivu scored the only goal in the shootout, leading undefeated Minnesota over Washington in St. Paul.
Off to their best start in the franchise's six-year history, the Wild have won each of their four games by one goal -- two by shootout, one in overtime, and one with a late comeback.
Minnesota's Manny Fernandez rebounded from a rough first period and stopped Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, and Richard Zednik with tough saves in the shootout. Kim Johnsson scored two power-play goals for the Wild, who have never lost at home to the Capitals in four meetings.
It was a chippy game, featuring frequent stares, shoves, and glares between enforcers Derek Boogaard and Donald Brashear and a whole lot of penalties.
Flames 1, Senators 0 -- Miikka Kiprusoff made 33 saves and Jarome Iginla scored 11:25 into the third period to lead Calgary at Ottawa.
Kiprusoff, who led the NHL last season with a franchise-record 10 shutouts, posted the 18th of his career in Calgary's first win in Ottawa since Oct. 28, 1999.
Iginla put a backhander into an open left side for his second goal of the season when a loose puck slid to him after Kristian Huselius fanned on a shot.
Senators goalie Ray Emery made 27 saves in his first start of the season, including stops of Iginla and Daymond Langkow on a flurry of shots midway through the third.
Blackhawks 3, Predators 1 -- Jeff Hamilton scored on a tip-in with 7:40 left in the third period to snap a tie and Chicago beat visiting Nashville.
Hamilton redirected Bryan Smolinski's cross-ice pass just under the outstretched glove of Nashville goalie Chris Mason.
Chicago's Martin Havlat scored into an empty net with 36 seconds left.
Michal Handzus also scored for Chicago (2-1-0), while Nikolai Khabibulin made 37 saves.
Mason made his first start, spelling starting goalie Tomas Vokoun, and made 28 saves.