Ducks sink to another defeat

The Anaheim Ducks continued their poor start to the season after being crushed 5-1 by the Nashville Predators, while the Dallas Stars cruised past the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Three goals in the second period left the Ducks reeling, as last season's Western Conference runners-up lost for the fifth time in six NHL games this season.

Eric Nystrom, Ryan Ellis and Mike Ribeiro put Nashville in charge heading to the final period, during which Mattias Ekholm made it 4-0 before Anaheim's Jiri Sekac and the Predators' Colin Wilson traded powerplay goals.

Nashville have now won six of their seven games this season, as have Central Division rivals the Dallas Stars, who extended their winning streak to five games by beating Pittsburgh 4-1.

Johnny Oduya and John Klingberg both found the net in the first period, before Jason Spezza's fifth goal of the season made it 3-0 early in the second.

Nick Bonino got the Penguins on the board in the 12th minute of the second period but soon after Mattias Janmark restored Dallas' three-goal cushion.

Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves for the New York Rangers as they came from a goal down to beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 at Madison Square Garden.

Klas Dahlbeck did manage to beat Lundqvist in the first period, but the Rangers responded in the second through Chris Kreider.

Kevin Hayes scored the go-ahead goal two minutes and 35 seconds into the third period, before Keith Yandle scored on the powerplay against his former team and Rick Nash earned his 700th career point when making it four in the last minute.

Patrick Kane scored his fifth goal of the season as reigning Stanley Cup champions the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 at United Center.

Elsewhere, the Columbus Blue Jackets are now 0-8 after John Tortorella's reign as coach 
started with a 3-2 defeat against the Minnesota Wild while the New Jersey Devils made it three straight wins with a 5-4 shootout victory over the Ottawa Senators.

Alex Ovechkin scored a third-period clincher as the Washington Capitals came from behind to beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 and in the day's final game the Los Angeles Kings were 4-1 winners against the San Jose Sharks.

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