Friday, October 12, 2018 1:00 am
Red-hot Matthews paces Leafs
DETROIT – Auston Matthews scored twice for a league-leading nine goals – tying an NHL record after five games – and helped the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings 5-3 Thursday night.
Matthews joined Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Marleau, Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy as the players to score nine times in their teams' first five games. He is the third player in franchise history to score in its first five games.
Morgan Rielly had a goal and an assist, giving him 11 points to equal Bobby Orr's strong start during the 1973-74 season. Rielly and Orr trail only defenseman Harry Cameron, who had 15 points in the Toronto Arenas' first five games of the 1917-18 season.
Nick Jensen gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead midway through the first period and scored a second goal midway through the third.
Soon after Jensen's second goal, Matthews took advantage of a power play to score his second.
Detroit pulled within a goal again when a review determined Dylan Larkin scored with 6:04 left. The Red Wings pulled their goalie and Ron Hainsey scored an empty-netter.
WILD 4, BLACKHAWKS, 3OT:
In St. Paul, Minnesota, Ryan Suter tied it with 23 seconds left in the third period and Jason Zucker scored in overtime, rallying Minnesota past Chicago.
BLUE JACKETS 5, PANTHERS 4: In Sunrise, Florida, Cam Atkinson scored with 2:46 left to lift Columbus past Florida.
\Atkinson swept the puck past goalie James Reimer, who was flat on his back during the play. The Panthers challenged for goalie interference, but the goal stood.
PENGUINS 4, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2: In Pittsburgh, Phil Kessel scored a natural hat trick and Pittsburgh beat Vegas.
Vegas scored the first goal of the game, and Kessel had the next three. It was Kessel's sixth career hat trick.