Islanders, led by Minnesotans, hand Sharks first loss
NEW YORK – Kyle Okposo scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and added two assists as the New York Islanders beat San Jose 6-3 Saturday night, handing the Sharks their first loss of the season.
Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee, Josh Bailey, Brock Nelson and Frans Nielsen also scored to help the Islanders win their third straight — all at their new Brooklyn home. Jaroslav Halak made his season debut after missing the first four games because of an undisclosed upper body injury and finished with 22 saves.
Joe Pavelski, Nikolay Goldobin and Joel Ward scored for San Jose, which gave up just two goals while opening the season 4-0-0. Alex Stalock stopped 28 shots in his first start of the season in place of Martin Jones. Justin Braun and Joe Thornton each had two assists for the Sharks.
Mikhail Grabovski had a penalty shot for the Islanders late in the first period, but his attempt was stopped by Stalock.
On the go-ahead goal, Okposo got the rebound of his own shot behind the net, skated around Sharks defender Brenden Dillon and beat Stalock to put the Islanders up for good with his second of the season at 4:18 of the third.
Nelson snapped in an insurance goal with 8:50 left and Nielsen added an empty-netter — his 100th goal and 300th point of his career — with just under 3 minutes to go.
Ward got his first goal with the Sharks at 9:20, but Bailey's redirection on Okposo's shot just 4:38 later tied it 3-3.
•BISHOP IS NO. 1: Goalie Ben Bishop set a team record for career wins, Alex Killorn scored a go-ahead goal with 3:57 left in the third and Tampa Bay beat Buffalo 2-1 in Tampa. Bishop won his 84th game with the Lightning, breaking a tie with Nikolai Khabibulin after making 31 saves.
•HABS STAY PERFECT: Jeff Petry scored the go-ahead goal 6:32 into the third period and Montreal moved to 6-0-0 for the first time in franchise history with a 4-1 victory over Detroit in Montreal. The Canadiens entered the game only 2-for-21 on the power play but scored twice with the man advantage.
•FLEURY REACHES 600: Evgeni Malkin and Olli Maatta scored first-period goals as Pittsburgh held on for a 2-1 victory over Toronto in Pittsburgh. Malkin scored his second goal in as many games and Maatta collected his first of the season for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury, playing in his 600th career game, made 26 saves for Pittsburgh.
•OSHIE SCORES ON POWER PLAY: Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists in his season debut to lead Washington to a 4-1 victory over Carolina in the nation's capital. Backstrom, who led the NHL with 60 assists last season, missed the team's first three games while recovering from arthroscopic hip surgery in late May. The center scored in the third period and assisted on power-play goals from T.J. Oshie (one goal, one assist) and John Carlson.
•SHOOTOUT IN OTTAWA: James Neal scored twice in regulation and got the shootout winner as Nashville defeated Ottawa 4-3. Neal had two power-play goals, while Craig Smith also scored for the Predators.
•STARS RALLY: Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn scored two goals each to rally Dallas to a 4-2 victory over host Florida. Benn tied the score 2-2 with a power-play goal 50 seconds into the third period, then capped the scoring with an empty-netter with 19 seconds to go.
•JACKETS LOSE AGAIN: Artem Anisimov and Teuvo Teravainen scored 1:05 apart late in the second period to break a scoreless tie, and the host Blackhawks beat Columbus 4-1, handing the Blue Jackets their sixth straight loss.
•DOAN HITS 900: Patrice Bergeron scored twice for the visiting Bruins, who beat the Coyotes 5-3. Shane Doan became the second player in Coyotes franchise history to reach 900 points with a goal and two assists. He trails Dale Hawerchuk.
•McDAVID PACES OILERS: Rookie Connor McDavid scored twice, adding an assist, and the visiting Oilers beat the Calgary Flames 5-2. David Jones scored both Calgary goals.