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Avs score five unanswered goals in comeback win over Stars

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DENVER (AP) Gabriel Landeskog scored twice in the third period, one 47 seconds after John Mitchell‘s tiebreaking goal, and the Colorado Avalanche rallied to beat the Dallas Stars 6-3 on Saturday night.

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, and Jarome Iginla and Erik Johnson also had goals for Colorado, which shook off a disappointing 5-4 loss to Minnesota on Thursday night.

Cody Eakin had two goals, and Mattias Janmark had his second tally in as many games for Dallas. Antti Niemi stopped 22 of 28 shots after his 37-save shutout of Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

With the game time at 3, Mitchell beat Niemi from the left circle at 8:11 to give Colorado its first lead of the game. Landeskog scored at 8:58 to give the Avalanche a 5-3 advantage.

Landeskog iced it with his second of the game and third of the season. He also had two assists.

Janmark gave the Stars a 1-0 lead when he beat Semyon Varlamov with a backhander 20 seconds into the first period. It was the second time in as many games the rookie scored early. He scored on his first just 1:39 into Thursday’s win over Pittsburgh.

The Avalanche tied it when MacKinnon took a pass from Alex Tanguay and beat Niemi with a backhander of his own at 9:06 of the first.

Eakin gave the Stars a 2-1 lead 1:15 later when he scored from close in. He got his second goal of the night on the power play at 8:50 of the second.

The Avalanche rallied to even it with a pair of power-play goals later in the second.

Johnson got the first one with a slapshot from the point at 14:53. Iginla tied it at 17:51 with his second goal in as many games.

Iginla’s tally tied him with Mark Messier for 26th in career power-play goals at 179.

NOTES: Varlamov finished with 30 saves. … Stars D Jordie Benn left the game after taking a shot off the right leg in the third period but returned. … Iginla played in his 1,394th career game. He tied Stan Mikita for 36th on the NHL’s all-time list. … Stars D Patrik Nemeth and Jamie Oleksiak and C Colton Sceviour were healthy scratches. … Colorado scratched D Brad Stuart and Brandon Gormley for the second straight game.

Flames respond against Canucks after being ’embarrassed’ in opener

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After the Flames were embarrassed by the Canucks in their home-opener, Calgary reverted to a familiar pattern in Saturday night’s 3-2 overtime victory against Vancouver.

While Calgary did open the scoring courtesy of Dougie Hamilton‘s first goal in a Flames jersey, Vancouver held a 2-1 lead going into the final frame. However, the Flames were one of the most dominant teams in the league last season when it came to the third period and it seems that scrappy nature has carried forward.

Sean Monahan tied the game midway through the frame and then Johnny Gaudreau provided the winner in the Flames and Canucks’ first three-on-three overtime period.

With that, head coach Bob Hartley has won 100 games with the Calgary Flames. This is the third franchise he’s earned at least 100 victories with after the Atlanta Thrashers and Colorado Avalanche. He ranks 30th on the coaching all-time wins list with 429.

The Canucks won’t get much time to regroup before they head to Southern California for games against Anaheim on Monday and Los Angeles on Tuesday. The Flames will head home to host the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

Unbeaten Coyotes edge out winless Penguins

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This is about as far away from the script as you can get.

Granted, we’re not even a full week into the season, but the Arizona Coyotes — a team many are predicting to finish in the NHL basement — followed up their commanding win against the Los Angeles Kings with a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night.

Mike Smith has thus far managed to put his shaky 2014-15 campaign behind him by stopping 67 of 69 shots against those two fierce franchises. While the 33-year-old goaltender might not be enough to keep the Coyotes afloat in the long-term, a strong season from Smith would be a big deal for the franchise as they’re committed to him at a roughly $5.7 million annual cap hit through 2018-19.

Meanwhile, Phil Kessel provided the lone goal for the Penguins tonight. With that, Pittsburgh’s star-studded offense has started the season by collecting just one goal over two contests against Arizona and Dallas.

The Coyotes relied on youth to power their attack as 22-year-old sophomore Tobias Rieder and 23-year-old rookie Jordan Martinook were the only players that managed to get the best of Marc-Andre Fleury. The Penguins’ netminder had an otherwise strong night with 37 saves.

Pittsburgh will try to rebound Tuesday in its home opener against Montreal. Arizona only had two three-game winning streaks in all of 2014-15, but it can get its first of this campaign with a victory against Anaheim on Wednesday.

Kane, Panarin lead Blackhawks past Islanders

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CHICAGO (AP) Patrick Kane and rookie Artemi Panarin each had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the New York Islanders 4-1 on Saturday night.

Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk added his first career NHL goal as the Blackhawks cruised to their first home win of the season. Chicago also beat New York 3-2 in overtime on Friday night, spoiling the Islanders’ Brooklyn debut.

Scott Darling made 28 saves for the reigning Stanley Cup champions in his first start of the season. He was working on a shutout before Cal Clutterbuck got a short-handed goal with 1:05 left in the third.

Jean-Francois Berube had 30 stops for New York in his NHL debut. No. 1 goalie Jaroslav Halak remains out with an upper-body injury, and the 24-year-old Berube was claimed off waivers from the Kings last Tuesday.

Kane, who had two goals in the victory at New York on Friday night, assisted on van Riemsdyk’s opening score in the first period, and set up Panarin at 5:53 of the second. Kane then tipped a pass from van Riemsdyk by Berube for a 3-0 lead.

Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook added a 5-on-3 power-play goal late in the third period. It was his first of the season.

Darling, from suburban Lemont, Illinois, got the start after No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford played in each of the Blackhawks’ first two games.

Chicago jumped in front when van Riemsdyk glided down the slot and backhanded in a loose puck at 4:07 of the first. Kane set up the chance with a wrist shot from just inside the blue line.

And there was no question about this goal for van Riemsdyk.

It looked as if the defenseman had his first NHL goal last season in a 5-2 win over San Jose on Nov. 9, 2014. But the league ruled the next day that van Riemsdyk’s slap shot had been deflected in by teammate Kris Versteeg.

NOTES: Berube was drafted 95th overall by the Kings in 2009. … After a solid start as a rookie last year, van Riemsdyk’s left kneecap was shattered on Nov. 16. He returned for four games of the Stanley Cup Final. … In addition to Halak, F Steve Bernier and rookie D Ryan Pulock were scratches for the Islanders. … D David Rundblad and RW Kyle Baun sat out again for the Blackhawks.

Video: Kessel scores his first goal with Penguins

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After being shutout in their season opener, the Pittsburgh Penguins got on the board early in the second period of tonight’s game against the Arizona Coyotes. Appropriately, it was Phil Kessel that struck first.

Rather than being the result of a fancy play with Sidney Crosby, Kessel scored by knocking the puck away from Coyotes captain Shane Doan and then firing a wrister past Mike Smith.

Acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs over the summer in a blockbuster trade, the expectation is that uniting one of the best snipers in the game with arguably the league’s best forward in Sidney Crosby will make them one of the most dangerous duos. That made the Penguins’ inability to score in its opener against Dallas on Thursday all the more jarring, even though they obviously can’t be judged based solely off of a single game.

Kessel’s goal didn’t immediately reverse Pittsburgh’s fortunes though though. While he was able to tie the game, Arizona’s Jordan Martinook retook the lead just 1:12 minutes later and that 2-1 edge persisted until the second intermission.