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Avs visit Cup champ Blues on 7-0-1 start

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The Colorado Avalanche will seek to extend their franchise-best start while visiting the St. Louis Blues Monday night.

The Avs earned 15 points (7-0-1) through eight games, topping their 2013-14 start of 7-1-0 for 14 points. They are the only NHL team without a regulation loss this season.

Conversely the Blues want to end their four-game winless streak. They have gone 0-2-2 after beginning the season 3-0-1.


Caps top 'Hawks after blowing lead of 2

CHICAGO (AP) The Washington Capitals admitted they weren't at their best. Still good enough to pull out a win to start a five-game road trip.

Tom Wilson broke a tie with 8:13 left and the Capitals rebounded after blowing a two-goal lead to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 on Sunday night for their third straight win.


Canucks hold on to beat Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) Vancouver captain Bo Horvat wanted to set the tone early after a tough loss the previous day. He got the Canucks started with a needed power-play goal and they bounced back with a big road win.

Brock Boeser and Jay Beagle scored late in Vancouver's three-goal first period and the Canucks held on to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Sunday.


Backlund propels Flames past Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Cam Talbot and Michael Stone haven't played much through the first three weeks of the Calgary Flames' season. They made the most of their opportunities Sunday night.

Talbot made 29 saves and Stone scored the Flames' first goal as they rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.


Jets beat Oilers in SO to end skid at 3

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Connor Hellebuyck's first shutout of the season couldn't have come at a better time for the Winnipeg Jets.

Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine scored in the shootout and the Jets snapped a three-game losing skid with a 1-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night.


Wild beat Canadiens 4-3 for second win

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild called a players-only meeting as they struggled to start the season. In their first game since that meeting, the Wild earned a win and gained a sense of relief.

Zach Parise scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Wild won their second game of the season, beating the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on Sunday.


Vegas' Fleury blanks Pens to tie Sawchuk

PITTSBURGH (AP) Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury wasn't happy with his performance in his return to Pittsburgh two seasons ago.

He had a much better time Saturday night.


Girgensons' late goal keeps Sabres hot

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres are off to a start nobody saw coming.

Zemgus Girgensons scored with 7:45 left and the Sabres continued their season-opening hot streak with a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.


Leafs beat Bruins on Marner's OT goal

TORONTO (AP) Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews have played sparingly together at even strength early in their careers.

With injured Toronto captain John Tavares sitting out, the two connected to give the Maple Leafs a big win.


Nelson scores in OT, Isles push run to 4

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The New York Islanders won again in overtime, this time when Brock Nelson scored 33 seconds into the extra period.

They're getting used to it.