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Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov falls in front of Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne after Rinne blocked his shot during the first period Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn.

Predators 6 — Capitals 5

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mattias Ekholm scored with 4:40 remaining to cap a wild third period and lead the Nashville Predators to a 6-5 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

Ryan Johansen scored twice and Filip Forsberg, Matt Duchene and Nick Bonino added goals for Nashville, which finished 3-1 on a season-opening, four-game homestand.

Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of power-play goals and Lars Eller, Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie also scored for Washington. John Carlson had three assists for the Capitals, who lost in regulation for the first time this season.

Ekholm netted the game-winner on a slap shot from the left side 28 seconds after Bonino tied the game at 5.

Ovechkin’s goals were scored in nearly identical fashion coming from the left circle, a familiar spot for the Russian winger on the Washington power play.

His first came at 4:46 of the second from the top of the left circle. Ovechkin took a pass from Carlson and beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne with a one-timer, his first career goal against Rinne.

Rinne finished made 21 saves.

Late in the second, Ovechkin struck again off a feed from Carlson.

Eller scored the game’s first goal at 9:17 of the opening period and Forsberg tied it 1:22 later.

From the left side just inside the blue line, Duchene slipped a pass to Forsberg skating through the slot, sending him in alone against Washington goaltender Braden Holtby. Forsberg made a quick move before lifting a wrist shot over the fallen goaltender.

Holtby finished with 32 saves.

Forsberg, originally a Capitals draft pick, has a goal in each of Nashville’s first four games, the first player in Predators history to do so.

Johansen tied it again at 7:37 of the second, but Washington went ahead 3-2 at 12:28 on Wilson’s short-handed goal.

Penguins 2, Ducks 1

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Guentzel scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the previously unbeaten Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.

Guentzel finished Sidney Crosby’s backhand feed from the slot at 7:24 of the third. Guentzel has five goals in five career games against the Ducks, including his second career hat trick last season.

Crosby also scored a power-play goal, his second of the season. He has multiple points in five of his last 10 games against Anaheim.

Matt Murray made 31 saves for the Penguins. He needs one more win to reach 100 in the NHL.

Pittsburgh concluded a season-opening, four-game homestand with a 2-2 record.

Ondrej Kase scored his first of the season for Anaheim, which tried to open a season with four straight wins for the first time in franchise history.

John Gibson, a Pittsburgh native, stopped 26 shots. He allowed more than one goal for the first time this season.

Red Wings 4, Canadiens 2

MONTREAL (AP) — Anthony Mantha scored his sixth goal of the season and Detroit snapped a nine-game losing streak against Montreal.

Darren Helm, Tyler Bertuzzi and Luke Glendenning also scored for the Red Wings, who have three wins in four games this season.

Defenseman Danny Dekeyser had two assists and Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves on 35 shots.

Joel Armia and Max Domi scored for the Canadiens, who were playing the second game of a back-to-back following a 5-4 overtime loss in Buffalo. Carey Price stopped 30 of 33 shots.

Detroit had not won in regulation time in Montreal since 2007.

Lightning 7, Maple Leafs 3

TORONTO (AP) — Nikita Kucherov scored twice and finished with four points, Brayden Point had two goals and an assist in his season debut and Tampa Bay beat Toronto.

Steven Stamkos added a goal and three assists and Ondrej Palat also scored for Tampa Bay.

Anthony Cirelli had three assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves as the Lightning snapped a two-game slide.

Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist, and John Tavares and Andreas Johnsson also scored for Toronto.

Frederik Andersen allowed seven goals on 28 shots before being replaced by Michael Hutchinson seven minutes into the third period. Hutchinson had five saves.

Oilers 4, Devils 3, So.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Leon Draisaitl scored the only goal in the shootout to give undefeated Edmonton a victory over winless New Jersey.

Draisaitl, who also scored in regulation, connected in the third round of the shootout as the Oilers improved to 4-0-0.

James Neal and Connor McDavid also had Oilers goals. Mikko Koskinen stopped 28 shots.

Kyle Palmieri, Nikita Gusev and Damon Severson scored for New Jersey (0-2-2). Mackenzie Blackwood made 19 saves.

Blues 6, Senators 4

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — David Perron’s second goal of the game proved to be the winner as St. Louis beat Ottawa.

Oskar Sundqvist, Jay Bouwmeester, Brayden Schenn also scored for the Blues. Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and three assists and Jake Allen made 25 saves in his season debut.

Vitaly Abramov, Artem Anisimov, Chris Tierney and Anthony Duclair scored for the Senators (0-3-0), who are off to their worst start after losing three straight games in regulation.

Anders Nilsson stopped 31 shots in his first start of the season for Ottawa.

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