Michael Ryder scored twice, Adam Burish had the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and the surprising Dallas Stars beat Washington, 5-2, last night to snap the Capitals’ six-game home winning streak.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 30 shots for the Stars, who have won four straight and own the best record in the NHL (11-3-0).
Burish put Dallas ahead to stay at 34 seconds of the third period, and Jamie Benn and Eric Nystrom scored in a 32-second span to make it 5-2 with 11:55 left.
Alexander Semin and John Carlson scored for the Capitals, whose 6-0 start at home was the best in franchise history. Washington has dropped two in a row overall following a 9-2 start.
Panthers 5, Maple Leafs 1 - Florida took advantage of shaky Maple Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson and routed host Toronto.
Jack Skille, Marco Sturm, Tomas Kopecky, Sean Bergenheim, and Shawn Matthias had the goals for Florida (7-4-3), off to its best start since the 1996-97 season.
Phil Kessel scored Toronto’s lone goal.
Oilers 3, Canadiens 1 - Nikolai Khabibulin made 28 saves and Ryan Jones scored a shorthanded goal in the second period to send Edmonton to a win over host Montreal, which has lost two straight.
Tom Gilbert scored at 16:28 of the third to put Edmonton up 2-0. Ryan Smyth scored into an empty net with 42.4 seconds remaining.
Khabibulin, who has allowed nine goals in nine games, came within 3:10 of posting his third shutout of the season. He has yet to lose in regulation, improving to 7-0-2.
Blues 3, Blackhawks 0 - In St. Louis, Jaroslav Halak shrugged off his shaky start to the season, making 29 saves as the Blues won coach Ken Hitchcock’s debut with a victory over Chicago.
Chris Stewart scored on the power play to end a 10-game goal drought.
Sabres 6, Jets 5 - Thomas Vanek scored a power-play goal 4:35 into overtime, tipping in Jason Pominville’s shot to rally Buffalo at home.
Vanek scored twice and Pominville finished with a goal and two assists. Derek Roy had two goals and an assist, forcing overtime by scoring a power-play goal with 6:08 left in regulation.
Devils 3, Hurricanes 2 - Rookie center Adam Henrique scored at 16:41 of the third period to lift New Jersey over visiting Carolina.
It was the rookie’s second straight game-winner after scoring in overtime to beat Winnipeg Saturday.
Red Wings 5, Avalanche 2 - In Detroit, Johan Franzen scored three goals, and the suddenly potent Red Wings rolled to a win over Colorado.
Detroit has won two straight with a combined 10 goals after scoring a total of six in a six-game skid following a 5-0 start.
Wild 3, Flames 0 - Niklas Backstrom stopped 41 shots and Minnesota beat host Calgary for its fifth straight victory.
Kings 4, Predators 3 - Alec Martinez, Drew Doughty, Mike Richards, and Simon Gagne all scored for Los Angeles, which held off visiting Nashville for the win.