Giroux, Briere lead Flyers
Claude Giroux and Danny Briere each had a goal and an assist to help the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 Saturday night.
Kurtis Foster, Brayden Coburn and Mike Knuble also scored for the Flyers, who won for just the third time in nine games.
Joni Pitkanen, Eric Staal and Patrick Dwyer had Carolina's goals.
Ilya Bryzgalov made several tough saves among his 39 stops and the Flyers continued their dominance over the Hurricanes. They are 23-4-4 against Carolina since Nov. 28, 2003.
Philadelphia scored three power-play goals on its first three chances. The Flyers came in 5 for 40 on the power play.
Playing just their third home game, the Flyers seemed energized in front of an orange-clad sellout crowd. They scored three goals in an action-filled first period and led the rest of the way.
Coburn and Briere scored 58 seconds apart for a 3-1 lead in the first. Coburn put one in after goalie Dan Ellis made a save on Jakub Voracek's breakaway shot. The rebound kicked out in front to Coburn, who slipped it into an open net.
With a man-advantage, Briere then redirected Giroux's shot from the side of the net for his first goal of the season.
But Carolina answered just 33 seconds later when Staal scored after picking up a loose puck following a turnover by Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn.
The Flyers regained their two-goal cushion just 52 seconds into the second when Knuble scored his first goal since rejoining Philadelphia last week after three seasons in Washington.
Matt Read forced a turnover behind the net on a poor clearing attempt by Justin Faulk. Knuble beat Ellis on a wraparound to send him to the bench. Ellis made 33 saves in a 1-0 victory over Ottawa on Friday night.
Giroux's power-play goal later in the second made it 5-2. Giroux snapped a six-game goal drought with his third of the season.
Dwyer slid one through after a perfect crossing pass from Jordan Staal to get Carolina within 5-3.
In a back-and-forth opening period, the Flyers scored first on Foster's power-play goal shortly after Bryzgalov made a save on a short-handed breakaway.
Read set it up by faking a shot and passing across to Foster at the right point. Foster skated in a few steps, wound up and fired a slap shot over Ellis' glove.
The Hurricanes tied it at 1 less than 4 minutes later when Pitkanen's slap shot beat Bryzgalov over his blocker.
Bryzgalov took a shot to the head from Jiri Tlusty in the final minutes, but finished the game after going down for a brief moment.
Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds didn't play because of head and neck injuries sustained Friday night when Washington's John Erskine elbowed him in the face. Simmonds will be re-evaluated Sunday. Erskine wasn't penalized after the hit, but received a three-game suspension on Saturday.
Penguins 5, Devils 1: Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each had a goal and two assists, and Pittsburgh picked up its first home victory of the season. Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo scored his first NHL goal, Brandon Sutter got his first with Pittsburgh and Kris Letang also found the back of the net for the Penguins, who handed the Devils their first loss in regulation this season.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 14 shots for the win. Evgeni Malkin and Pascal Dupuis had two assists apiece.
Andy Greene scored a short-handed goal for the Devils. Martin Brodeur was sharp through two periods, stopping 17 of 19 shots, but allowed three goals in the third as the Penguins turned a one-goal game into a rout.
The Penguins had been the only NHL team yet to earn a point at home. They were outscored 9-3 in losses to the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders.
Rangers 3, Lightning 2: New York took a 2-1 lead on Rick Nash's second goal of the season, coming at 3:04 of the third period. He skated in from the right wing boards, eluded Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman and jammed the puck past goalie Mathieu Garon.
Carl Hagelin made it 3-1 with 5:13 to play with his first goal in 20 games. Derek Stepan also scored for New York.
Steven Stamkos scored both goals for the Lightning, who went 4-1 on a five-game homestand. The center, who cut the deficit to 3-2 with 21 seconds remaining, has seven goals and 16 points during a season-opening eight-game point streak.
Rangers goalie Martin Biron made 30 saves in his first start and second appearance of the season. Garon started for the second time this season and had 27 saves.
Canadiens 6, Sabres 1: Rene Bourque and David Desharnais each scored twice to lead Montreal. Carey Price made 30 saves for the Canadiens for his fifth win of the season. Lars Eller added a goal and two assists, while rookie Brendan Gallagher also scored.
Ryan Miller stopped 17 shots over two periods for Buffalo before being replaced in the third by backup Jhonas Enroth.
Bourque injected some life into what had been an uneventful first period with Montreal's 10th power-play goal of the season. Andrei Markov's stretch pass -- tipped along the way by Tomas Plekanec -- found Brian Gionta along the right boards. Gionta waited before passing it on to Bourque, who drove to the net for his second of the season.
Bruins 1, Maple Leafs 0: Chris Bourque scored his first goal with Boston, which threatened throughout the tightly played game. But James Reimer stopped 33 shots from all angles as Boston came at him in waves. The Bruins (6-1-1) limited the Leafs to 21 shots and killed off two penalties in the last nine minutes to hang on to beat Toronto (4-4).
This was the first meeting between the teams this season. Boston won all six matchups last season, outscoring the Maple Leafs 36-10. The one-sided series included 7-0 and 8-0 margins.
Boston is 24-5-5 in its last 34 games against Toronto and 13-2-3 in its past 18 visits to Toronto.
Blue Jackets 4, Red Wings 2: Artem Anisimov scored twice in the second period, and Steve Mason stopped 32 shots to lead olumbus. Mark Letestu added a short-handed goal, and James Wisniewski also scored for the Blue Jackets before leaving with an injury after he struck the end boards with his back early in the second period. Fedor Tyutin had two assists.
Mason, who earned his first win of the season, overcame an early goal by Johan Franzen. Damien Brunner added his fourth goal in the final seconds.
Anisimov leads the offense-starved Blue Jackets with four goals.
Avalanche 3, Oilers 1: P.A. Parenteau and Jamie McGinn scored goals 3 minutes, 29 seconds apart in the second period to spark Colorado's rally. Paul Stastny also scored and Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves for Colorado, which remained unbeaten in three home games. Matt Duchene and McGinn added an assist apiece.
Coyotes 2, Stars 0: Mike Smith stopped 17 shots, Nick Johnson scored his third goal of the season and Mikkel Boedker his second for the Phoenix, which has points in four straight games. The Coyotes have gotten back to their stay-at-home style that helped them reach the Western Conference finals last season.n