Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - P.A. Parenteau notched a goal early in the third period to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. An Avalanche counter-attack early in the final period broke the tie and led to the 2-1 edge. Jamie McGinn came up with a loose puck near mid-ice, sprinted towards goal and laid off a pass to Parenteau, who led the team in goals last season with 18. The 30-year old tapped it in at the 2:30 mark for his third of the season. Cory Sarich also lit the lamp for Colorado, which improved to 3-0 to begin a season for the first time since they were the Quebec Nordiques and started 5-0 in the 1994-95 campaign. Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 of 28 shots in the triumph and has given up just one goal in all three games this season. Joffrey Lupul scored his second goal of the year for Toronto, which lost for the first time.
Final Score: NY Islanders 6, Phoenix 1
Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - John Tavares scored his first two goals of the season and Evgeni Nabokov made 33 saves to carry the New York Islanders past the Phoenix Coyotes, 6-1, at Nassau Coliseum. Josh Bailey recorded three points with a goal and two assists while Peter Regin scored and assisted on Matt Donovan's tally as New York bounced back from a shootout loss to the Blue Jackets in its home opener on Saturday. Martin Hanzal had the lone goal for the Coyotes, who have been outscored 10-2 in two games since defeating the Rangers in their season opener. Mike Smith, who took the loss in a 4-1 setback at San Jose on Saturday, surrendered five goals on 20 shots and was pulled at the start of the third period. Thomas Greiss made seven saves in relief.
Final Score: Philadelphia 2, Florida 1
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Steve Mason stopped 33 shots and a pair of goals early in the first period staked the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. Brayden Schenn and Braydon Coburn tallied for the Flyers, who gave Craig Berube a win in his NHL head coaching debut. Berube was named to the post after Peter Laviolette was fired Monday in the wake of the club's second consecutive 0-3 start. Brad Boyes recorded the lone score for the Panthers, who were coming off a 7-0 loss in St. Louis on Saturday. Tim Thomas lasted just 7:31 of game time before being pulled due to a lower-body injury, having allowed two goals on five shots. Jacob Markstrom finished the contest perfect on 13 shots faced.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Carolina 2
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jussi Jokinen posted his second career hat trick as the Pittsburgh Penguins took a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. Paul Martin and Tanner Glass each lit the lamp for the Penguins, who have won all three of their games this season. Marc-Andre Fleury posted 32 saves to pick up the win. Eric Staal and Nathan Gerbe both scored for the Hurricanes, who were coming off a 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Sunday. Cam Ward was tagged for all five goals on 36 shots in the loss.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Buffalo 2
Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Killorn scored the game-winner just 1:50 into overtime to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. Killorn corralled a loose puck on the left side of the net, skated around the to the right and lifted one over Jhonas Enroth's glove to provide the game winner. Teddy Purcell and Tyler Johnson also lit the lamp for the Lightning, who improved to 2-1 on the year. Ben Bishop made 21 saves in the win. Jamie McBain and Cody Hodgson each scored a goal for the Sabres, who have opened the season with four straight losses for the first time in franchise history. Enroth stopped 32 shots in defeat.
Final Score: Nashville 3, Minnesota 2
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Nystrom's penalty-shot tally capped a three-goal first period as Nashville knocked off Minnesota, 3-2, in the first of five meetings this season between these new Central Division rivals. Filip Forsberg and Colin Wilson also lit the lamp for the Predators, who picked up their first win of the season after opening up with road losses to Colorado and St. Louis. Pekka Rinne was strong in net with 32 saves. Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon scored for the Wild, who have dropped three straight -- but their first in regulation time -- to open up their schedule. Niklas Backstrom exited the game late in the first period with a leg injury after a goalmouth collision, having allowed two goals on five shots. Josh Harding gave up just one goal, but it was Nystrom's eventual game winner, on 20 shots faced.