Highlights of Tuesday's National Hockey League games

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[October 26, 2016]  Oct 25 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's National Hockey League games:

Penguins 3, Panthers 2

Sidney Crosby, playing for the first time this season, started Pittsburgh's comeback with his first goal of the season and Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr scored in the third period as the Penguins beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday.

Crosby, like the Penguins' offense, looked a bit rusty early on as the Panthers opened a 2-0 lead on goals by Reilly Smith and Mark Pysyk, but Pittsburgh came back from a two-goal deficit for the second straight home game.

The Stanley Cup champion Penguins looked a step slow and a bit off their game in the first two periods, despite Crosby's power-play goal, but they got into a much faster tempo while dominating the third period.

Red Wings 4, Hurricanes 2

Forward Dylan Larkin scored two goals to lead the Detroit Red Wings to their fifth consecutive win, a 4-2 home decision over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Andreas Athanasiou had a goal and an assist and left winger Thomas Vanek scored for Detroit (5-2-0). Goaltender Petr Mrazek made 29 saves. The Red Wings last five-game winning streak was Jan. 13-27, 2015.

Devils 5, Coyotes 3

Travis Zajac scored with 2:01 remaining in the third period as the New Jersey Devils staved off a late rally from the Arizona Coyotes for a 5-3 win.

Left winger Taylor Hall continued his torrid start, scoring his fourth and fifth goals and setting up Zajac's winning goal with a cross-ice pass on a power play.

The Coyotes (1-5-0) have lost five straight in regulation.

Wild 5, Bruins 0

Charlie Coyle and Chris Stewart broke a scoreless tie with goals 12 seconds apart in a four-goal second period, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 27 shots, leading the Minnesota Wild to a 5-0 victry over the Boston Bruins.

With the Bruins playing emergency goaltender Malcolm Subban because of injuries to Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin, the Wild (4-2-1) poured three goals past Subban and one past Zane McIntyre on nine shots in the middle period.

Lightning 7, Maple Leafs 3

Steven Stamkos scored twice and added two assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning thumped the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3.


Stamkos reportedly met with the Maple Leafs before re-signing with the Lightning in the offseason. Amidst boos from the Toronto crowd, the 26-year-old opened the scoring 1:19 into the first period, the first of four unanswered goals by the visitors.

Flames 4, Blues 1

Goalie Brian Elliott celebrated his return to St. Louis by stopping 22 of 23 shots to lead Calgary to the win.

Elliott was playing his first game against the Blues since being traded to Calgary last June. He spent five seasons with the Blues, winning 104 games and helping the team reach the Western Conference final last spring.

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Dennis Wideman, Deryk Engelland, Sam Bennett and Johnny Gaudreau scored for the Flames, and Kevin Shattenkirk scored for the Blues.

Flyers 4, Sabres 3 (SO)

Jakub Voracek, minutes after being knocked out of the game on an open-ice check by Buffalo's Dmitry Kulikov, came back to score the decisive goal in the shootout to give Philadelphia a come-from-behind victory at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers received third-period goals from rookie Travis Konecny, center Brayden Schenn and defenseman Mark Streit.

Matt Moulson scored twice for the Sabres, with Tyler Ennis netting Buffalo's other goal.

Stars 3, Jets 2

Devin Shore had two assists and Antti Niemi stopped 28 of 30 shots to help Dallas to a win against Winnipeg at American Airlines Center.

Brett Ritchie, Patrick Eaves and Tyler Seguin each had goals for the Stars.

Joel Armia and Mark Scheifele scored for the Jets.

Senators 3, Canucks 0

Ryan Dzingel scored two goals and goaltender Craig Anderson made 22 stops for the shutout as Ottawa defeated Vancouver.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored into an empty net with 2:19 remaining.

It was the first two-goal night for Dzingel, who was picked 204th overall in the 2011 draft and played 30 NHL games for Ottawa last year.

Sharks 2, Ducks 1 (OT)

Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored at 1:24 of overtime to give the San Jose a win over Anaheim in front of a sold-out SAP Center.

Joe Pavelski scored a power-play goal for the Sharks before the Ducks Chris Wagner backhanded a short rebound between the legs of Sharks goaltender Martin Jones for his second goal of the season at 17:49.

Anaheim played the third period without the services of captain Ryan Getzlaf, who sustained an upper-body injury late in the second period.

Kings 3, Blue Jackets 2 (OT)

Alec Martinez tapped in the game-winning shot at 1:41 of overtime, rallying Los Angeles over Columbus at Staples Center.

Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar scored the other goals, while goalie Peter Budaj recorded 19 saves for the Kings, who defeated the Blue Jackets for the eighth time in 11 games.

Brandon Saad and Cam Atkinson scored for the Blue Jackets.

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