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Varlamov stops 27 shots, Islanders beat Bruins 1-0

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots, Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored with 4:09 remaining and the New York Islanders beat the Boston Bruins 1-0 in their home opener Monday.

Adam Pelech fired a shot from the left point and Boston’s Patrice Bergeron deflected the puck up in the air. Pageau batted it past goalie Tuukka Rask.

Varlamov, who missed Saturday’s game against the Rangers after he took a puck off his neck in pregame warmups, got his second shutout in two starts this season. He had 24 saves in a 4-0 win against the Rangers last Thursday.

Rask, who had beaten the Islanders in seven of his last eight starts against them, stopped 16 shots for the Bruins in the finale of their season-opening three-game trip.

BLUES 5, SHARKS 4

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordan Kyrou got the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, Justin Faulk scored twice and St. Louis rallied to beat San Jose.

Mike Hoffman scored his first goal with the Blues and Brayden Schenn also scored for St. Louis, which beat San Jose for the fourth straight time on home ice. Jordan Binnington made 22 saves.

Logan Couture had two goals and an assist, Brent Burns had a goal and two assists, and Kevin Labanc also scored for the Sharks. Devan Dubnyk stopped 27 shots.

Kyrou’s wrist shot snapped a 4-all tie midway through the third. It was his second career game-winner after getting his first in the Blues’ season opener at Colorado on Wednesday.

SABRES 6, FLYERS 1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sam Reinhart and Curtis Lazar each scored two goals to lead Buffalo past Philadelphia for its first win of the season.

Carter Hutton stopped 21 shots in a light night of work against a Flyers team that had scored 11 goals as they won their first two games. Nicolas Aube-Kubel spoiled the shutout bid with 2:05 left.

Minus injured No. 1 center Sean Couturier (ribs), the Flyers played with little energy and failed to create many scoring chances. The Sabres scored four goals before the midpoint of the second period and chased Carter Hart after he faced 22 shots.

Jack Eichel and 2018 NHL MVP Taylor Hall each had three assists as Buffalo denied the Flyers their first 3-0 start since 2011.

HURRICANES 4, PREDATORS 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Andrei Svechnikov, Sebastian Aho and Vincent Trocheck each had a goal and an assist as Carolina beat Nashville.

Nino Niederreiter also scored and James Reimer made 31 saves for Carolina.

Viktor Arvidsson had a goal and an assist and Filip Forsberg also scored for Nashville. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 20 saves.

BLUE JACKETS 3, RED WINGS 2

DETROIT (AP) — Alexandre Texier and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored 1:16 apart early in the third period to give Columbus a two-goal lead and it held on to beat Detroit.

Oliver Bjorkstrand scored late in the second period and Joonas Korpisalo finished with 35 saves in the Blue Jackets’ first win of the season.

Detroit’s Bobby Ryan scored twice and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots.

MAPLE LEAFS 3, JETS 1

TORONTO (AP) — Mitch Marner scored twice, John Tavares also scored and Frederik Andersen made 27 saves for Toronto in first of 10 meetings between the North Division rivals.

Kyle Connor scored for Winnipeg, and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 35 shots inside an empty Scotiabank Arena because of COVID-19 protocols.

The Jets were without star Patrik Laine, who sat out with an upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.

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