WASHINGTON — Connor Brown scored the winning goal in the third period and Frederik Andersen stopped all 30 shots he faced for the shutout as the Toronto Maple Leafs continued their tremendous start by beating the Washington Capitals 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Toronto has won five of its first six games. Washington has lost two in a row since top defenseman Matt Niskanen went out with a long-term upper-body injury.

After getting a promotion to the third line, Brown picked up his second goal of the season and broke a 0-0 tie with 14:07 left in the third. Brown corralled a rebound of Morgan Rielly’s point shot and poked the puck between Braden Holtby’s legs.

Holtby made 28 saves but couldn’t help as the Capitals’ offense couldn’t cash in on limited high-quality chances. Nazem Kadri scored an empty-net goal in the final minute.

PREDATORS 4, AVALANCHE 1: Viktor Arvidsson and Roman Josi each scored a goal and added an assist to lead Nashville over visiting Colorado.

Colton Sissons and Austin Watson also scored for Nashville, which has won 3 of 4.

Nathan MacKinnon scored for Colorado, which has lost two straight.

PENGUINS 5, RANGERS 4: Sidney Crosby scored the tying goal with less than a minute remaining in regulation, Evgeni Malkin put in the winner 58 seconds into overtime and Pittsburgh won at New York.

Patric Hornqvist, Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin also scored for the Penguins, who handed New York (1-5-1) its fourth straight loss.

Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh turned the puck over in overtime and Kessel set up Malkin for the winning goal. Just before that, the Rangers iced the puck, leading to a faceoff in their zone.

FLYERS 5, PANTHERS 1: Sean Couturier, Shayne Gostisbehere, Claude Giroux and Dale Weise all scored in the second period to lead the Philadelphia over visiting Florida.

The Flyers followed an 8-2 win against Washington with another dominant offensive effort, capped by the four-goal second.

DEVILS 5, LIGHTNING 4: Kyle Palmieri scored the lone goal in a shootout, lifting New Jersey over visiting Tampa Bay.

Drew Stafford scored twice in regulation as New Jersey improved to 5-1-0. Palmieri and Brian Gibbons each had a goal in the first period, and Cory Schneider made 33 saves.

CANUCKS 3, SENATORS 0: Brock Boeser and Alexander Burmistrov had a goal and an assist each in Vancouver’s road win.

Thomas Vanek also scored for the Canucks (2-2-1), and Anders Nilsson made 32 saves for a shutout in his first start of the season.

Craig Anderson turned aside 21 of 24 in net for Ottawa (3-1-2).


PREDATORS: Nashville recalled forward Frederick Gaudreau from the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals and placed defenseman Yannick Weber on injured reserve.

Weber was hit in the head by Dallas center Martin Hanzal in a 4-1 Nashville win last week.

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