Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped all 39 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season and Ryan O'Reilly scored late in the first period, as the Colorado Avalanche shut down the Boston Bruins, 2-0, in an interconference battle of unbeaten clubs from TD Garden. Matt Duchene added a late insurance tally and one assist for the Avalanche, who earned their first 4-0-0 start since the lockout-shortened 1995 season as the Quebec Nordiques. Tuukka Rask made 28 stops for the Bruins, who opened the year with home wins over Tampa Bay and Detroit.
Final Score: Columbus 4, Buffalo 1
Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Marian Gaborik notched a goal and two assists, as the Columbus Blue Jackets downed the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1, on Thursday at First Niagara Center. Cam Atkinson scored once and added an assist, while Brandon Dubinksy and Nick Foligno registered a goal apiece for the Blue Jackets, who have won two straight since opening the season with a 4-3 loss to Calgary. Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 26-of-27 shots in the triumph. Thomas Vanek tallied the lone Buffalo marker, while Ryan Miller, who missed Tuesday's tilt with a groin injury, allowed all four goals on 33 shots for the winless the Sabres, who have dropped five straight. Buffalo hasn't gone this far into a season without a win since opening the 1999-2000 season with five losses and two ties.
Final Score: Carolina 3, Washington 2
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Nathan Gerbe scored the tie-breaking goal 6:59 into the third period as the Carolina Hurricanes came through with a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. Former Capital Alexander Semin knotted the game at 2-2 with a 5-on-3 power-play conversion late in the second period, while Elias Lindholm netted his first career NHL goal earlier on to help the Hurricanes prevail. Jeff Skinner added two assists for Carolina, which bounced back strongly from Tuesday's 5-2 setback at Pittsburgh, with Anton Khudobin turning aside 30-of-32 shots in the win. The Capitals were dealt a second consecutive defeat despite Alex Ovechkin's fifth goal of the young season and a 33-save effort from Braden Holtby. Jason Chimera had Washington's only other score.
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Detroit 2
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Stone broke a tie game with 4:47 remaining in the third period, and the Phoenix Coyotes got back on track with a 4-2 decision over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. The Coyotes had been outscored by a 10-2 margin in dropping the first two tests on their current five-game road trip, but bounced back on goals by Stone, Derek Morris and Mikkel Boedker combined with a strong 28-save performance from Mike Smith. Boedker added an assist on Antoine Vermette's empty-net tally in the final minute. Detroit received 34 saves from Jimmy Howard in the loss, the Red Wings' second straight following a 2-0 start, with Joakim Andersson and Jonathan Ericsson accounting for the team's two scores.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 7, Florida 2
Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Steven Stamkos notched his sixth career hat trick as the Tampa Bay Lightning dominated the Florida Panthers, 7-2, on Thursday. Valtteri Filppula scored twice, Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist, while Ondrej Palat also lit the lamp for the Lightning, who won their home opener after going 2-1-0 on the road to start the season. Teddy Purcell added three helpers, while Ben Bishop had 19 saves and an assist in the win for Tampa Bay. Jonathan Huberdeau and Brad Boyes each scored for the Panthers, who went 1-3-0 on a four-game road trip to start the season. Jacob Markstrom gave up six goals on 24 shots before being pulled in the third period. Scott Clemmensen gave up a goal on four shots in relief.
Final Score: Toronto 4, Nashville 0
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Bernier stopped 36 shots to notch his first shutout of the season, while Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk combined for a pair of second-period goals that lifted the Toronto Maple Leafs over the Nashville Predators, 4-0, on Thursday at Bridgestone Arena. Kessel lit the lamp 13:41 into the second stanza before assisting on van Riemsdyk's third goal of the season late in the period that gave Bernier more than enough breathing room. Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul each added a power- play marker late in the third for the Leafs, who bounced back from Tuesday's 2-1 setback to Colorado. Pekka Rinne was tagged for all four goals on 26 shots in the loss for Nashville, which was coming off a 3-2 win over Minnesota in its home opener.
Final Score: Minnesota 2, Winnipeg 1
St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Cooke netted the winner just after the midway point of regulation, helping Minnesota slip by Winnipeg, 2-1, in a clash between new Central Division rivals from Xcel Energy Center. Josh Harding stopped 14 shots and Jonas Brodin added the other tally for the Wild, who snapped their season-commencing three-game losing skid. Bryan Little scored and Ondrej Pavelec made 28 saves for the Jets, who have lost two in a row after beating Edmonton and Los Angeles to kick off the season.
Final Score: Montreal 4, Edmonton 1
Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk each posted a goal and an assist as the Montreal Canadiens took a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. Brandon Prust and Max Pacioretty scored, while P.K. Subban added three assists for the Canadiens, who dropped a 3-2 decision to Calgary on Wednesday to start a four-game road trip. Peter Budaj stopped 27 shots in the win. Ryan Smyth had the lone goal of the game for the Oilers, who have dropped three of four to start the season. Devan Dubnyk gave up three goals on 26 shots in the loss.
Final Score: San Jose 4, Vancouver 1
Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Brent Burns had one goal and one assist as the San Jose Sharks cruised to a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. Matt Pelech, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks, who improved to 4-0 this season. Antti Niemi made 25 saves in the win. Rookie Tomas Hertl, who scored four goals in San Jose's 9-2 thrashing of the New York Rangers on Tuesday, did not record a point. Mike Santorelli scored a goal and Roberto Luongo made 25 saves for the Canucks, who's only two losses this season have come to the Sharks.
Final Score: Anaheim 6, NY Rangers 0
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jakob Silfverberg scored twice and Jonas Hiller stopped 34 shots for his first shutout of the season as the Anaheim Ducks pounded the New York Rangers, 6-0, on Thursday. Daniel Winnik and Dustin Penner posted a goal and an assist while Saku Koivu and Ryan Getzlaf scored for the Ducks, who played their first home game of the season and have won three straight since losing to Colorado to start the year. For a second straight game the Rangers got torched in their own end, as this poor defensive showing followed a 9-2 loss to San Jose on Tuesday that saw 19-year- old Tomas Hertl post four goals. Henrik Lundqvist, who gave up four goals on Tuesday before being pulled, allowed all six goals on 37 shots on Thursday as the Rangers fell to 1-3-0 on the young season.