CHICAGO – Sam Gagner scored two of Edmonton’s four goals in the first period and the Oilers beat Chicago 6-5 on Sunday night, sending the Blackhawks to their second consecutive loss after their record-breaking start.
Ryan Whitney and Taylor Hall each had a goal and an assist for Edmonton, which snapped a five-game losing streak. Captain Shawn Horcoff also scored for the Oilers.
Chicago set an NHL record by recording at least one point in the first 24 games of the season. The streak ended with a 6-2 loss at Colorado on Friday night, and coach Joel Quenneville said he was looking forward to seeing how his team responded.
The Blackhawks then got off to their worst start of the season before putting together a spirited rally.
RANGERS 4, CAPITALS 1: In Washington, about three hours after asking for more respect from NHL officials, Alex Ovechkin was called for two penalties within seconds, leading to a pair of goals that put the New York Rangers ahead for good.
BLUE JACKETS 3, RED WINGS 2, SO: In Detroit, Ryan Johansen and Matt Calvert scored in the shootout and streaking Columbus completed a home-and-home sweep.
CANADIENS 5, PANTHERS 2: In Sunrise, Fla., Michael Ryder scored two power-play goals to lift Montreal.
DEVILS 3, JETS 2, SO: In Newark, N.J., Patrik Elias scored the only goal of the shootout, and New Jersey goalie Johan Hedberg stopped all three Winnipeg attempts.
FLYERS 3, SABRES 2: In Philadelphia, Claude Giroux, Simon Gagne and Max Talbot all scored to help Philadelphia snap a three-game losing streak.
WILD 4, CANUCKS 2: In St. Paul, Minn., Zach Parise had two goals and an assist, Niklas Backstrom had 25 saves and Minnesota moved into a first-place tie with Vancouver Canucks.
DUCKS 4, BLUES 2: In Anaheim, Calif., Corey Perry scored the go-ahead goal with 14:40 left in the third period and Anaheim tied a franchise record with their 11th consecutive home victory.
PENGUINS 6, ISLANDERS 1: In Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby tied a career high with five assists, and Chris Kunitz posted his second hat trick of the season for Pittsburgh.