Andrei Markov’s resurgence continued with a goal and an assist, and the Montreal Canadiens cruised to a 4-1 win Thursday night over the Washington Capitals, who are 0-3 for the first time in nearly two decades.
Finally healthy after twice tearing the ACL in his right knee, Markov was part of a second-period spree in which the Canadiens scored in all sorts of ways against a Capitals team that is out of sorts. In order, Montreal’s goals came five-on-three, five-on-four and five-on-five in a little over six minutes to take a 3-0 lead.
Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, and Josh Gorges scored for the Canadiens, and Carey Price made 30 saves. Montreal, the worst team in the Eastern Conference a year ago, has won two straight under new coach Michel Therrien since opening the season with a loss to Toronto.
Blackhawks 3, Stars 2 — Marian Hossa scored his NHL-leading fifth goal on a power play 1:41 into overtime to give Chicago a comeback victory at Dallas.
With Dallas captain Brenden Morrow in the penalty box for interference, Hossa fired a one-timer from the slot past goalie Kari Lehtonen after receiving a nifty, behind-the-back pass from Patrick Kane.
Chicago’s high-powered offense, which racked up 14 goals in the previous three games, needed the man-advantage to score all three.
Part of that was due to an outstanding performance by Lehtonen, who made 38 saves after coming within 3.4 seconds of a 39-save shutout Tuesday in a win at Detroit.
Flyers 2, Rangers 1 — Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek scored to help host Philadelphia win its first game.
The Flyers not only avoided their first 0-4 start in team history, they beat the Rangers for the first time in two seasons. The Rangers defeated the Flyers all six games last season. , including the Winter Classic.
The Flyers needed the good news after they learned All-Star forward Scott Hartnell is expected to miss 4-8 weeks because of a broken left foot.
Islanders 7, Maple Leafs 4 — Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner scored two goals apiece and Brad Boyes added three points as New York netted five straight tallies to win its first road game of the year.
Boyes and defenseman Mark Streit scored second-period goals and Evgeni Nabokov made 39 saves for the Islanders.
Oilers 2, Kings 1 — Nail Yakupov tied the game in the final seconds of the third period and Sam Gagner scored on a power play in overtime as Edmonton earned its first home win of the season.
Yakupov batted a rebound out of mid-air and past Jonathan Quick with 4.7 seconds remaining in regulation and Gagner tapped in a cross-crease pass from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at 3:01 of overtime. Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves for the Oilers.
Sharks 5, Coyotes 3 — Patrick Marleau scored his second goal of the game at 18:07 of the third period as host San Jose rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period.
Hurricanes 6, Sabres 3 — Eric Staal scored three goals, Jeff Skinner added two and host Carolina earned its first victory of the season by handing Buffalo its first loss.
Skinner and Staal scored nine seconds apart during Carolina’s four-goal second period.
Senators 3, Panthers 1 — Erik Karlsson scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period and visiting Ottawa won its third straight game to start the season, beating Florida for the 11th time in 12 meetings.
Avalanche 4, Blue Jackets 0 — Matt Duchene scored two goals and set up another and Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves for host Colorado.
Blues 3, Predators 0 — Patrik Berglund scored on a penalty shot and goalie Jaroslav Halak bounced back from a poor game to lead host St. Louis.