TORONTO (AP) — Nazem Kadri recorded the fifth hat trick of his career and added an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Washington 6-3 on Wednesday night and dealt the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals their seventh straight loss.Auston Matthews Adidas Anthony Beauvillier Jersey
, Nikita Zaitsev and Mitch Marner also scored for Toronto. William Nylander added three assists, while Morgan Rielly and Connor Brown had two each. Frederik Andersen stopped 41 shots for the win.The Leafs came in having lost two straight, four in a row and five of six at Scotiabank Arena, and seven of their last 10 overall.Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist, and Alex Ovechkin and Matt Niskanen scored for Washington, which was playing for the third time in four nights.Braden Holtby, who had allowed 11 goals on his last 54 shots against coming into Wednesday, finished with 31 saves. T.J. Oshie added two assists for the Capitals, who have allowed 30 goals in their last five games.With his second-period goal, Ovechkin tied Sergei Fedorov for the top spot among Russian-born players with 1,179 career points.CANADIENS 2, COYOTES 1MONTREAL (AP) — Mike Reilly scored in the third period, Carey Price made 30 saves and Montreal beat Arizona in Alex Galchenyuk’s return to his old city.Jonathan Drouin also scored for the Canadiens, who have won five of six.Price earned his 20th victory of the season. He has stopped 133 of the last 137 shots he’s faced during a four-game personal winning streak.Conor Garland scored for the Coyotes, who were playing the second game of a back-to-back set after a 3-2 victory in Ottawa on Tuesday night. Calvin Pickard Adidas Scott Mayfield Jersey
, in his Coyotes debut, stopped 22 shots.Galchenyuk was the Canadiens’ first-round draft pick in 2012 and played six seasons with Montreal before being traded last summer.WILD 5, AVALANCHE 2DENVER (AP) — Eric Staal had two goals, including the tiebreaker on a second-period power play, Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves and Minnesota rolled into the All-Star break by beating slumping Colorado.Jared Spurgeon, Charlie Coyle and Ryan Suter also scored for the Wild, who earned their fourth win in five games.Carl Soderberg and Tyson Barrie scored for an Avalanche team that drops to 3-7 in January and keeps slipping in the Central Division chase. Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 shots as he got the start over Semyon Varlamov with Colorado searching for consistency in net.BLUES 5, DUCKS 1ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Zach Sanford and Tyler Bozak scored goals in their first games back from injured reserve, and St. Louis beat stumbling Anaheim.Vladimir Tarasenko, Oskar Sundqvist and Sammy Blais also scored for the Blues, who had lost three of four before splitting two games on a Southern California road trip.Rookie Jordan Binnington bounced back from his first career regulation loss with 12 saves in his fifth career victory heading into the Blues’ nine-day break.Daniel Sprong scored the game’s opening goal, but the injury-plagued Ducks were then buried in their 14th loss in 16 games.All-Star John Gibson stopped 26 shots before former Blues goalie Chad Johnson replaced him with 9:25 to play.PREDATORS 2, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 1LAS VEGAS (AP) — Juuse Saros made a career-high 47 saves, Nick Bonino scored his first game-winning goal of the season and Nashville topped Vegas.The Predators moved into a first-place tie with Winnipeg in the Central Division Adidas Dustin Tokarski Jersey
, both at 64 points.Bonino scored 3:53 into the second period and Saros made the 2-1 lead stand up. Ryan Johnson also scored for the Predators.Despite a 20-7-3 run since Nov. 21, Vegas has lost four of six. The defending Western Conference champions, who lost Monday at home to Minnesota, had not lost back-to-back games at home all season.Max Pacioretty scored for the Golden Knights, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves.HURRICANES 5, CANUCKS 2VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and two assists, Nino Niederreiter scored twice and Carolina beat Vancouver.Alex Nedeljkovic made 24 saves for Carolina in his first NHL start. Greg McKegg and Dougie Hamilton each added a goal and an assist as the Hurricanes snapped Vancouver’s five-game point streak in the final game for both teams before the All-Star break and their bye weeks.Sebastian Aho had two assists, and Carolina took five points during a three-game road swing through Canada.Teravainen’s big performance came two days after the forward agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $27 million.Josh Leivo and Sven Baertschi scored for the Canucks. Jacob Markstrom stopped 29 shots. The Boston Bruins are determined to extend their playoff run this season after being eliminated in the second round of the postseason last season.The Buffalo Sabres, on the other hand, would just like to reach the postseason.The Bruins will have a shorter-term goal Thursday when they are in Buffalo as the Sabres open their season. They will be trying to overcome the humiliation of a 7-0 drubbing from the Stanley Cup champion Capitals in the season-opener at Washington.Article continues below ...The Bruins were down 2-0 after 1:47 of the first period.“We got ourselves behind the eight ball early, clearly weren’t ready to go,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “It just carried on from there. …I expected a much better effort.”Bruins starting goaltender Tuukka Rask was lifted nearly halfway into the second period and Jaroslav Halak, who was slated to start Thursday, replaced him. It has not been determined who will start in goal for the Bruins in Buffalo.The Bruins had several young players last season and are hoping they take the next step this season.“I think we need growth from our guys from (their) first year into the second year Adidas Robin Lehner Jersey
,” Cassidy said. “We need good health. Clearly every year there’s teams that get better and some regress, so we can’t worry too much about them. Take care of our own business.”The Bruins needed seven games to eliminate the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs and were eliminated in five by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Maple Leafs have added free agent John Tavares and are being rated among the early favorites to win the Stanley Cup.The Sabres have eight newcomers among the 23 players on the roster for their season opener, including Remi Elie, who was claimed off waivers from the Dallas Stars Tuesday. Elie scored six goals and added eight assists in 72 games last season with the Stars.The deal that sent Ryan O’Reilly to the St. Louis Blues accounts for three of the new players: Tage Thompson, Vladimir Sobotka and Patrik Berglund. Another new player is Conor Sheary, acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sheary suffered an upper body injury on the first day of training camp and returned to practice Sunday. Jeff Skinner, acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes in August, also is scheduled to make his Sabres debut, along with No. 1 overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin.The Sabres also named 21-year-old Jack Eichel as their new captain on Wednesday. Kyle Okposo and Zach Bogosian have been named alternate captains.Eichel is entering his fourth season in the NHL and starting an eight-year, $80 million contract extension. “It’s exciting not only for me and our players and our coaching staff but our city,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. “I think he represents everything we want as far as our organization goes, and it was just a great intimate moment for him to accept the captaincy in front of the general manager and the owner and myself. There were some really good strong conversations about expectations and the way he’s got to lead, but we feel very confident about having Jack as our captain.”The Sabres did not have a captain last season, instead relying on a leadership group of four players that included Eichel.Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons, who has been with the team since 2013 Adidas Leo Komarov Jersey
, believes the start of this season feels different than most.“I think this team’s capable of playoffs, so that’s definitely something we’d love to see happen,” Girgensons told the Buffalo News. “I think everyone in here, just knowing how it’s been here for the last five years, it would be a huge accomplishment. The fans deserve it. The fans deserve us players to give an all-out effort every night, and we’ll try to do that.”Girgensons, Eichel, Rasmus Ristolainen and Sam Reinhart have played a combined 1,152 games without making the playoffs.Forwards Scott Wilson, Sean Malone and Johan Larsson, and defenseman Matt Hunwick have been placed on injured reserve by the Sabres. Wilson will be out for 8-10 weeks after having surgery on a fractured ankle.