Penguin rookie Evgeni Malkin scored a power-play goal 2 minutes 45 seconds into overtime to lift Pittsburgh to a 4-3 victory over the Kings last night in Los Angeles.
Malkin also scored in the first period, beating Dan Cloutier with a wrist shot, to become the first NHL player in 89 years with goals in his first six games.
The 20-year-old Russian matched the mark shared by Joe Malone, Newsy Lalonde, and Cy Denneny, who each scored in their first six games during the NHL's inaugural season in 1917-18.
The Penguins overcame a 3-2 third-period deficit to claim their fifth straight win. They are off to their best start since the 1994-95 season with a 7-3-0 record.
Noah Welch, a Brighton native and former Harvard star, tied it with his first goal of the season at the 7:47 mark of the third for Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh's 18-year-old rookie Jordan Staal netted his fifth goal of the season in the first period.
Rangers 4, Ducks 3 -- Jaromir Jagr scored on a power play with 1:51 left in overtime for visiting New York.
Brendan Shanahan had a goal and two assists and Blair Betts and Petr Prucha also scored for the Rangers. Kevin Weekes made 30 saves in his second start of the season. Weekes surrendered seven goals on 32 shots in his first start, losing to Buffalo, 7-4, Oct. 14.
Anaheim (9-0-4) has yet to lose in regulation. By earning a point in the standings for the 13th straight game, the Ducks broke the club record set during the 1996-97 season. They are the first team to record at least 1 point in the first 13 games of a season since the 1994-95 Penguins.
Hurricanes 5, Thrashers 2 -- Ray Whitney and Rod Brind'Amour scored two goals apiece, Cam Ward made 40 saves, and Carolina knocked Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen out of the game on the way to a victory over host Atlanta.
Predators 5, Oilers 3 -- Paul Kariya had three assists and Nashville beat Edmonton to stop the Oilers' six-game home winning streak.
Stars 4, Blues 1 -- Eric Lindros scored two goals, Mike Modano added a goal and an assist, and host Dallas beat St. Louis to get off to the best start in franchise history at 10-2.
Maple Leafs 4, Lightning 2 -- In Tampa, Ian White scored a tiebreaking power-play goal midway through the third period to help Toronto get the win.
Hal Gill got the Maple Leafs even at 2 at 1:51 of the third, snapping a 26-game goal-scoring drought with his 100th career point.
Red Wings 3, Flames 2 -- In Detroit, Johan Franzen and Tomas Holmstrom scored 79 seconds apart in the first period as the Red Wings topped Calgary.
Avalanche 5, Blue Jackets 3 -- Jose Theodore made 19 of his 41 saves in the third period for the visiting Avalanche. Wojtek Wolski, Brett McLean, Joe Sakic, Mark Rycroft, and Brad Richardson scored for Colorado.