Former UMass-Lowell goalie Carter Hutton made 38 saves for his first NHL win, leading the Nashville Predators past the Jets, 3-1, on Sunday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Eric Nystrom, Patric Hornqvist, and Matt Cullen scored for Nashville. The 27-year-old Hutton was given his second career start when Predators coach Barry Trotz chose to rest Pekka Rinne after Saturday night’s win in Montreal.
Evander Kane had the lone goal for Winnipeg.
The Predators had only seven shots in the second period, but made three of them count as they took control. The win extended Nashville’s point streak to five games.
Nystrom opened the scoring 20 seconds into the second period with a shorthanded effort. The left wing blocked Dustin Byfuglien’s point shot, picked up the puck in the neutral zone, and went the length of the ice before beating goalie Ondrej Pavelec with a wrist shot for his second of the season.
Hornqvist’s third of the season made it 2-0 when he intercepted Pavelec’s clearing attempt in the corner, sent the puck toward the crease, and banked it into the empty net off the skate of Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian.
Cullen added to the lead with a high shot from the left circle at 14:57.
Pavelec stopped 23 shots.
Winnipeg ruined Hutton’s shutout bid at 9:13 of the third period when Kane jammed in a loose puck for his fifth goal of the season.
Ducks 6, Stars 3 — Emerson Etem got his first career shorthanded goal late in the second period after Corey Perry scored twice to tie the game, and Anaheim extended the best start in franchise history with a victory over visiting Dallas.
The Ducks have won seven straight following a 6-1 loss at Colorado on opening night, tying the longest streak in club history. Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and three assists, and Teemu Selanne extended his goal streak to three games.
Ryan Garbutt, Brenden Dillon, and Shawn Horcoff scored during the final 10 minutes of the first period for Dallas. Jack Campbell made 41 saves in his NHL debut.
Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen also made his NHL debut in net, replacing Jonas Hiller at the start of the second with a 3-1 deficit. Andersen stopped all 24 shots he faced, two days after he was promoted from Norfolk of the AHL because of Viktor Fasth’s lower-body injury.
Blue Jackets 3, Canucks 1 — R.J. Umberger scored his first goal of the season with 8:46 left, and host Columbus ended a four-game losing streak by beating Vancouver.
Curtis McElhinney, making his first appearance for the Blue Jackets in place of Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, had 37 saves. Bobrovsky was given the night off.
Marian Gaborik and Ryan Johansen also scored for the Blue Jackets, who won for the first time at home this season after losing their first two.
Henrik Sedin had the goal for the Canucks. Eddie Lack stopped 26 shots in place of Roberto Luongo, rested on the second night of back-to-back games for Vancouver.