David Krejci provided the game-winning goal with under two minutes remaining, as the Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-3, on Monday at PNC Arena. Zdeno Chara tallied a goal and two assists, while Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin each registered a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who have opened a season with points in each of their first five games, going 4-0-1, for the first time since 1990-91. Anton Khudobin made his first start of the season and turned away 29 shots in the victory. Eric Staal recorded a goal and an assist and Jamie McBain and Jeff Skinner each scored once for the Hurricanes, who were coming off back-to-back wins against Buffalo. Cam Ward was charged for four goals on 37 shots in the setback.
Final Score: Columbus 2, Dallas 1
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Vinny Prospal scored early in the third period, and the Columbus Blue Jackets snapped a four-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Dallas Stars. Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 24 Dallas shots, including 11 in the third period, to preserve the Blue Jackets' first win since opening night. Prospal broke a 1-1 tie at the 1:22 mark, beating Kari Lehtonen from a place on the ice where goals aren't usually prevalent. The veteran forward stood on the icing line to the goalie's left and simply whipped a shot that managed to trickle behind Lehtonen. Columbus won despite going 0-for-7 on the power play, including a 5-on-3 for a full two minutes in the second period. Lehtonen made 25 saves for the Stars, who have played six consecutive one-goal games to begin the season, losing the last three.
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Nashville 0
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - In just his seventh NHL contest, Chad Johnson saved 21 shots to notch his first career shutout in his Coyotes debut, as Phoenix pounded the Nashville Predators, 4-0, on Monday at Jobing.com Arena. Johnson was recalled from the Portland Pirates of the AHL last week after starting goaltender Mike Smith sustained a lower-body injury in the first period of Wednesday's win against the Blue Jackets. The 26-year-old Johnson's only other victory came on Jan. 31, 2010 against the Colorado Avalanche as a member of the New York Rangers. Keith Yandle registered a goal and two assists, while Lauri Korpikoski, Nick Johnson and Antoine Vermette each scored once for the Coyotes, who snapped a two-game skid. Pekka Rinne was charged for all four goals on 25 shots in the setback, Nashville's third in a row.
Final Score: Edmonton 4, Colorado 1
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Ales Hemsky scored one of four power-play goals as the Edmonton Oilers rolled to a 4-1 win at Rexall Place over a Colorado Avalanche team that played without its captain. Jordan Eberle, Shawn Horcoff and 2012 No. 1 overall pick Nail Yakupov also lit the lamp for the Oilers, who entered the game having not led at any point this season. Devan Dubnyk stopped 37 Colorado shots, including a whopping 23 in the third period. PA Parenteau scored the lone goal for the Avalanche, who got 23 saves from Semyon Varlamov. Colorado has been outscored 12-3 in dropping all three road games this season. The penalty kill has been especially dreadful on the road, surrendering nine goals on 19 of its opponent's power-play opportunities.
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Vancouver 2 (SO)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Jeff Carter's third-round shootout goal lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday in a rematch of a 2012 playoff series at Staples Center. After the first four shooters missed, Carter switched to his backhand and lifted a shot high over a sprawling Roberto Luongo. Zack Kassian had a chance to send the shootout to a fourth round, but his backhand attempt missed the net and the Kings escaped with the victory. Carter added a power-play tally in regulation, while Slava Voynov scored the game-tying goal with 44 seconds left in the third to send the game to an extra session. Jonathan Quick recorded 21 saves for the Kings, who have two straight since opening the season with three consecutive setbacks. Kassian and Alexandre Burrows each scored once to stake Vancouver to an early 2-0 lead, but the Canucks were unable to hold on as they lost for the second consecutive night. Luongo allowed two goals on 28 shots for the Canucks, who entered last year's postseason as the top seed before being bounced in the first round by the eventual champion Kings in five games.