Canadiens remain unbeaten, keep Penguins winless
PITTSBURGH – Tomas Fleischmann finished an odd-man rush with his first goal of the season early in the third period to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.
Fleischmann scored off a feed from David Desharnais and Carey Price made it stand up as Montreal improved to 4-0. Max Pacioretty scored twice for the Canadiens. Price finished with 31 saves as Montreal wrapped up a perfect four-game road trip to start the season.
"I think we were hard on them early," Pacioretty said. "I think we agitated them a bit. I think you can see that they got frustrated."
Beau Bennett and Kris Letang scored for Pittsburgh, which dropped to 0-3.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots for the Penguins, who are winless through three games for the first time since 2005.
"You have to find ways when you're 0-3," Penguins center Sidney Crosby said. "If your desperation and urgency isn't there, then there's a problem."
•SHARKS BLANK OVECHKIN-LESS CAPS: Martin Jones made 31 saves for his second straight shutout and the visiting Sharks took advantage of Alex Ovechkin's absence from Washington's lineup to beat the Capitals 5-0. San Jose improved to 3-0-0 and has outscored its opponents 12-1. Jones allowed a goal on the first shot he faced this season, but has blanked opponents for the following 178 minutes, 11 seconds. Ovechkin missed the game because of personal reasons.
•SPEZZA TRUMPS McDAVID: Jason Spezza scored three goals, including the tiebreaker late in the third period, and the host Stars spoiled Connor McDavid's first NHL goal with a 4-2 victory over the Oilers. McDavid, selected No. 1 overall in the June draft, scored in the second period to pull the Oilers even at 2 after they had fallen behind 2-0.
•RED WINGS COOL OFF LIGHTNING: Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist and Jimmy Howard made 20 saves to help the Red Wings beat the Lightning 3-1 in Detroit. The Red Wings improved to 3-0, while the Lightning fell to 3-1.
•JETS TOUGH ON ROAD: Brian Little scored twice and Michael Hutchinson made 40 saves to lead the Jets to a 4-1 victory over the Rangers in New York. Nikolaj Ehlers and Mark Stuart each added a goal for Winnipeg, which improved to 3-1-0.
•PREDATORS PERFECT: Pekka Rinne made 22 saves and the Predators ran their season-opening winning streak to three with a 3-1 victory over the Devils in Newark, N.J. Rinne has given up only two goals this season.
•FIRST TWO FOR BLUE: Colton Parayko scored his first two NHL goals to lead the Blues to a 4-3 victory over the host Flames. St. Louis is 7-0-1 in its past eight vs. Calgary.