NHL Roundup: Nelson, Bergeron score four, Panthers achieve best-ever start

Brock Nelson had a night to remember, scoring four goals to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

MONTREAL — Brock Nelson scored four times and the New York Islanders beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-2 on Thursday night.

Playing the eighth of 13 straight road games to open the season while their new arena is finished, the Islanders scored more than four goals for the first time this season. Montreal allowed five goals or more for the sixth time this season.

Oliver Wahlstrom and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored to help the Islanders improve to 4-2-2. Anthony Beauvilier had three assists, and Ilya Sorokin stopped 36 shots.

Canadiens starter Jake Allen allowed five goals on 25 shots and was pulled following New York’s four-goal second. Samuel Montembeault stopped all 10 shots he faced.

Nick Suzuki and Tyler Toffoli scored for Montreal. The Canadiens are 3-9-0.


BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron scored his first four goals of the season, Brad Marchand had four assists and Boston beat Detroit.

Marchand assisted on all four of Bergeron’s goals, Mike Reilly scored his first of the season and Charlie McAvoy had a pair of assists for Boston. Jeremy Swayman finished with 14 saves for the Bruins.

Lucas Raymond scored for Detroit on a 5-on-3 power-play in the third period.


SUNRISE, Fla. — Eetu Luostarinen scored 1:55 into overtime and Florida beat Washington for its best 10-game start at 9-0-1.

Luostarinen’s centering pass went off a Capitals player and into the net, moving the Panthers. The previous best 10-game start was 7-0-3 in 1996-97.

Florida’s Aleksander Barkov scored two goals, raising his career total to 188, tied with Olli Jokinen for the most in franchise history. Aaron Ekblad had a goal and assist, and Brandon Montour also scored for Florida. Spencer Knight stopped 25 shots after entering the game to start the second period. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped all 13 shots he faced before leaving after the first period with an upper-body injury.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 10th goal of the season and had two assists for Washington. Connor McMichael, Tom Wilson and Daniel Sprong also scored for the Capitals.


TORONTO — William Nylander scored on a power play at 3:43 of overtime to lift Toronto past Tampa Bay.

John Tavares tied it for Toronto with 41.1 seconds left in regulation and goalie Jack Campbell off for an extra attacker. In overtime, Tavares was slashed on a breakaway by Lightning captain Victor Hedman, and Nylander scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season on a one-timer.

Campbell made 24 saves, and Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner each had two assists. Toronto improved to 6-4-1 with its fourth straight victory.

Patrick Maroon scored in the first period for two-time defending champion Tampa Bay, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 32 saves. The Lightning dropped to 5-3-2. They had won three in a row.


OTTAWA, Ontario — Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and Vegas beat Ottawa Senators 5-1 to cap a busy day.

In the morning, Vegas acquired injured forward Jack Eichel in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres. Eichel will have artificial disk replacement surgery soon.

Mattias Janmark, Brett Howden and Alex Pietrangelo also scored for Vegas, and Robin Lehner made 38 saves against his former team. Brady Tkachuk scored for Ottawa, and Filip Gustavsson stopped 35 shots.


PITTSBURGH — Kris Letang stuffed a wraparound past Carter Hart 1:57 into overtime to lift Pittsburgh past Philadelphia.

Playing in his first game since Oct. 19 following a bout with COVID-19, Letang helped the Penguins end a three-game losing streak on a night they played without star center Sidney Crosby and head coach Mike Sullivan. Crosby tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and Sullivan joined him just hours before the opening faceoff. Assistant coach Todd Reirden directed the team in Sullivan’s absence.

Tristan Jarry stopped 36 shots for Pittsburgh. Brock McGinn and Jake Guentzel also scored for the Penguins. Travis Konecny and Scott Laughton scored for Philadelphia, with Laughton tying it with 2:52 left in regulation.


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