PITTSBURGH — PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jussi Jokinen collected his first hat trick in nearly six years and the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled away from the Carolina Hurricanes for a 5-2 win Tuesday night.
Jokinen helped the Penguins improve to 3-0, opening the scoring in the first period and adding two goals in the third after Carolina drew even at 2-2.
Paul Martin and Tanner Glass also scored for Pittsburgh, while Sidney Crosby picked up his first two assists of the season. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 shots for the Penguins, who have not trailed through three games. Pittsburgh has outscored opponents 12-3 while getting off to the franchise's best start since 1994-95.
Eric Staal and Nathan Gerbe scored for the Hurricanes and Cam Ward made 32 saves.
PREDATORS 3, WILD 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Filip Forsberg and Colin Wilson scored power-play goals 39 seconds apart in the first period to lead Nashville to victory over Minnesota in its home opener.
Eric Nystrom added his first career penalty shot goal all in the first period for Nashville, matching the goals the Predators had totaled in losing their first two games. Pekka Rinne made 32 saves.
Zach Parise scored a power-play goal, and Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Wild.
Minnesota lost goalie Niklas Backstrom to a lower body injury in the first when Nystrom crashed into him after being tripped on a breakaway. The Wild said Backstrom will be evaluated Wednesday.
Josh Harding replaced Backstrom and gave up the goal to Nystrom.
AVALANCHE 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1
TORONTO (AP) — P.A. Parenteau scored early in the third period to help Colorado edge Toronto.
Tied 1-1 going into the third, Colorado went ahead at 2:30 on a two-on-one with Jamie McGinn setting up Parenteau.
The goal stood up to video review.
"According to Rule 78.4 'if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed.' Good goal Colorado," the NHL said in explaining the call.
Avs rookie Nathan MacKinnon, the 18-year-old first overall pick in the draft, got an assist — his fourth — on Parenteau's third goal of the season. Cory Sarich also scored for Colorado, which got another terrific start from Semyon Varlamov in net.
Joffrey Lupul scored for Toronto.
ISLANDERS 6, COYOTES 1
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — John Tavares scored his first two goals of the season and defenseman Matt Donovan added the first of his NHL career to lift New York over Phoenix.
Peter Regin and Tavares scored in the first period, and Donovan, Tavares and Colin McDonald connected in the second against beleaguered goalie Mike Smith to turn it into a rout.
Frans Nielsen earned the second of his three assists on the night when McDonald made it 5-1 with 2:36 left in the second.
Evgeni Nabokov was the beneficiary of all the offense and made 33 saves for the win. The 38-year-old goalie has started all three games for the Islanders.
Martin Hanzal scored in the second period for the Coyotes.
FLYERS 2, PANTHERS 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brayden Schenn and Braydon Coburn scored to lead Philadelphia past Florida make Craig Berube a winner in his coaching debut.
Berube was on the bench a day after Peter Laviolette was fired after a 0-3 start.
With Berube calling the shots, the Flyers scored their season high for goals.
Steve Mason had 33 saves for the Flyers.
Brad Boyes scored for the Panthers.
LIGHTNING 3, SABRES 2, OT
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Alex Killorn scored 1:50 into overtime to lift Tampa Bay to a come-from-behind victory over winless Buffalo.
Teddy Purcell had the tying goal 5:43 into the third period and Tyler Johnson also scored for the Lightning (2-1), who have two wins after regulation.
Tampa Bay has yet to hold a lead in regulation after coming off a 3-2 shootout victory at Chicago in which the Lightning overcame a 2-0 third-period deficit.
Jamie McBain and Cody Hodgson had a goal and assist each for Buffalo (0-3-1).
Despite the loss, Buffalo finally generated some offense by doubling its season goal total. And the Sabres also earned a point to avoid extending their franchise-worst season-opening losing streak to four games.
Buffalo had previously never lost more than two straight in regulation.