NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Taylor Hall made his new fans in New Jersey very happy with two power-play goals in a 4:11 span in the second period and the Devils posted their first win, a 2-1 decision over the road-weary and penalty-plagued Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.

Cory Schneider had 23 saves and forced the Ducks’ Chris Wagner to lose control of the puck on a second-period penalty shot as New Jersey snapped a five-game losing streak against Anaheim in its home opener.

Sami Vatanen scored on a power play for Anaheim, which is 0-3-1 in its five-game trip to start the season. John Gibson made 26 saves for Ducks, who played shorthanded seven times.

Hall, the former No. 1 overall draft pick who was acquired in a major trade with Edmonton in late June, tied the game at 1- all, putting the rebound of a shot by Mike Cammalleri into an open net at 12:35.

SHARKS 3, ISLANDERS 2

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Pavelski scored with 2:11 left to lift the Sharks to a victory over the Islanders.

Melker Karlsson and Tomas Hertl also scored to help the Sharks win for the third time in four games. Joe Thornton and Brent Burns had two assists each, giving both five on the season. Aaron Dell stopped 20 shots to win his NHL debut.

On the tiebreaking goal, Thornton sent a pass into the slot and Pavelski deflected it in. It gave Pavelski his fifth point in two games after he had a goal and three assists in the Sharks’ 7-4 loss to the New York Rangers on Monday.

The Islanders trailed 1-0 after getting outplayed in the first period, but picked it up in the second and took the lead with two goals 2:10 apart in the middle of the period.

Capitals 3, Avalanche 0

WASHINGTON (AP) — T.J. Oshie scored twice and Alex Ovechkin picked up his first goal of the season, helping the Capitals beat the Avalanche.

Ovechkin and Oshie each scored on the power play to end Washington’s man-advantage scoring drought, and the Avalanche lost for the first time under new coach Jared Bednar. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov was sharp in stopping 37 of 40 shots behind Colorado teammates who were noticeably tired playing the second half of a back-to-back and their third game in four days.

Washington backup Philipp Grubauer only needed 18 saves for his first career shutout because Washington had the puck for most of the game.

The Capitals entered the game 0 for 8 on the power play and lacking production from the first line, but those problems went away in quick succession.

STARS 2, PREDATORS 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jason Spezza scored midway through the third period to give the Stars a win over the Predators.

Adam Cracknell added his second goal of the season for Dallas, and Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves.

Mike Fisher scored for Nashville early in the second period to tie it 1-1. The Predators have lost two straight.

Spezza’s tiebreaking goal came 9:15 into the third. Antoine Roussel had the puck in the right corner and sent it out front, where Spezza was able get his stick on it and tip it past goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Rinne made 35 saves.

SENATORS 7, COYOTES 4

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Tom Pyatt, Mark Stone and Chris Kelly had a goal and an assist each as the Senators defeated the Coyotes in front of a sparse crowd of 11,061 at Canadian Tire Centre.

Bobby Ryan, Zack Smith, Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson, into an empty net, also scored for the Senators, who have won three of four. Mike Hoffman had three assists and Craig Anderson made 31 saves.

Jordan Martincook scored twice, including his second at 18:43 just 30 seconds after Turris gave the Senators a 6-3 lead.

Tobias Rieder and Oliver Eckman-Larson had the other goals for the Coyotes

Arizona lost the services of starting goalie Mike Smith seven minutes into the third period when he suffered an injury to his left leg during a scramble in front of the net.


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