Clarke MacArthur scored for the fourth straight game and Phil Kessel netted the winner during an overtime power play as the undefeated Toronto Maple Leafs bounced back from a blown third-period lead and spoiled the New York Rangers’ home opener with a 4-3 victory last night.
Just 20 seconds after Rangers defenseman Marc Staal went off for interference, Kessel scored his second goal of the game at 3:08 of overtime.
Toronto used a dominant second period to grab a 3-1 lead, but the Rangers got two goals from Brian Boyle in the third to force overtime and salvage a point.
MacArthur, who signed with Toronto as a free agent during the offseason, became the first player to score in his first four games with the Maple Leafs. His fifth goal of the season started a spurt of three Toronto tallies in a span of 5:46 early in the second that turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere finished with 21 saves to earn the victory. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 shots for the Rangers, 0-1-1 since a season-opening win at Buffalo.
Penguins 3, Islanders 2 — Alex Goligoski’s power-play goal at 1:51 of overtime gave Pittsburgh its first win at
Goligoski’s shot just under the crossbar from the left circle off a rebound of Evgeni Malkin’s shot beat goalie Rick DiPietro, giving Pittsburgh its first power-play goal of the game after seven unsuccessful tries.
Blackhawks 5, Blue Jackets 2 — Patrick Sharp broke open a one-goal game with two second-period scores to lead Chicago past host Columbus.
Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky each added a goal and an assist and Viktor Stalberg also had a goal.
A capacity crowd booed the Blue Jackets — opening their 10th season — in the third period when they failed to get off a shot on a power play.
Canadiens 2, Sabres 1 — Carey Price made 22 saves and Alexandre Picard and Josh Gorges scored to help visiting Montreal beat Buffalo, which has dropped four straight, all at home.
Montreal rebounded after blowing a two-goal lead Wednesday at home in a 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay.
Kings 4, Canucks 1 — Jonathan Quick made 25 saves, Dustin Brown scored two third-period goals and host Los Angeles Kings earned its third win in four games to open the season.
Thrashers 5, Ducks 4 — Anthony Stewart scored his first three goals of the season, completing his first career hat trick with a tying power-play goal that was upheld by video replay late in the third period for visiting Atlanta.
Avalanche 3, Devils 2 — Craig Anderson made 41 saves and Chris Stewart had a goal and an assist to lead visiting Colorado over slumping New Jersey.