Brayden Schenn and Braydon Coburn scored to make Philadelphia’s Craig Berube a winner in his coaching debut, leading the host Flyers past the Florida Panthers, 2-1, on Tuesday night.
Berube was on the bench a day after Peter Laviolette was fired after a 0-3 start. Laviolette dealt with rumors of his firing last season, a year in which the Flyers missed the playoffs after the lockout-shortened season.
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.
Mason stopped all 12 shots in the first period and the first 12 of the second until Boyes scored his first of the season with six seconds left.
Mason, who improved to 5-0 against Florida, came up big when he stopped Shawn Matthias on a shorthanded breakaway early in the second.
The Flyers held on and avoided their first 0-4 start in franchise history.
Berube, in his seventh season coaching within the organization, was promoted to replace Laviolette. He is the 18th coach in franchise history.
The Flyers’ offense came to life in the first period against former Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas.
Thomas had been sensational in his career in Philadelphia, going 8-0 with a 1.86 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage.
He left the game with a lower-body injury. He appeared to get tangled with teammate Mike Weaver in front of the net and hit the ice. Thomas bolted straight for the locker room and never returned.
Jacob Markstrom took over.
Penguins 5, Hurricanes 2 — Jussi Jokinen scored his first career hat trick and host Pittsburgh pulled away from Carolina.
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.
Canucks 3, Devils 2 — Jason Garrison scored at 2:18 of overtime and host Vancouver defeated New Jersey.
Garrison’s shot from the point through traffic beat Cory Schneider in the goaltender’s first game against his former team.
Islanders 6, Coyotes 1 — 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 in Uniondale, N.Y.
Peter Regin and Tavares scored in the first period for the Islanders (2-0-1), and Donovan, Tavares, and Colin McDonald connected in the second against beleaguered goalie Mike Smith to turn it into a rout.
Avalanche 2, Maple Leafs 1 — P.A. Parenteau scored early in the third period to help visiting Colorado edge Toronto.
Lightning 3, Sabres 2 — Alex Killorn scored 2:50 into overtime to lift Tampa Bay to a come-from-behind victory over winless host Buffalo.
Predators 3, Wild 2 — Filip Forsberg and Colin Wilson scored power-play goals 39 seconds apart in the first period, and host Nashville beat Minnesota.