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Oilers put 5-0-0 mark on line at Chicago

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The Edmonton Oilers will try to continue their sizzling start when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.

Edmonton (5-0-0) has opened the season with five straight victories for the first time since the 1985-86 campaign, when the roster included legends such as Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri and Mark Messier. And while nobody is comparing the current club with the franchise's mid-1980s powerhouses, the young Oilers have energized a fan base that has been starved for success in recent years.

Already, the team has made NHL history by coming from behind in each of its first five wins.


Avalanche visit Caps riding 4-0-0 start

The Colorado Avalanche rolled to victories in their first four games of the season, all at home, and now they'll see if they can keep their success going when they head to Washington for Monday's game with the Capitals.

Colorado (4-0-0) is off to the team's top start in six years. The Avalanche topped Calgary, Minnesota, Boston and then defeated Arizona 3-2 in overtime on Saturday.


Surprising Sabres host struggling Stars

With just one victory and three points after six games, things don't get any easier for the Dallas Stars, who embark on a four-game eastern road trip that begins with a Monday afternoon matinee against the surprising Buffalo Sabres.

Dallas, which lost 2-1 in double overtime in Game 7 of the second round of the Western Conference playoffs to eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis last spring, was expected to make a strong run for a Central Division title this season. But they hit the road in fifth place and in danger of digging an even bigger hole on a trip that also includes games at Columbus, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.


Bruins, Ducks try to continue hot starts

Two of the hottest teams in the NHL will clash in Boston on Monday as the Bruins host the Anaheim Ducks in a Columbus Day matinee.

Both the Bruins and Ducks are off to fast starts, each winning four of their first five games behind strong defenses. The meeting is the first of two between the clubs this year, with Boston visiting Anaheim on March 18.


Aston-Reese, Pens roll past Jets

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Injuries to some key players has forced the Pittsburgh Penguins to play a simpler game, and it's working out quite well for them.

Zach Aston-Reese, Sam Lafferty and Jake Guentzel each had two goals to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 7-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night.


Stastny gets 2 PPG, Vegas beats Kings

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Vegas Golden Knights thought their power play had been playing well, despite a 3-for-17 start this season.

A perfect 3-for-3 game with the man-advantage against the Los Angeles Kings proved the Knights right.


Hertl, Jones lead Sharks past Flames

SAN JOSE,Calif. (AP) Less than a week after rejoining his former team, Patrick Marleau is already making a big impact.

Tomas Hertl had a goal and an assist to help the San Jose Sharks beat the Calgary Flames 3-1 on Sunday night.


Jackets end Hurricanes' perfect start

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) A focused defensive performance and balanced offense helped the Columbus Blue Jackets end the best start to a season in Carolina Hurricanes' franchise history.

Markus Nutivaara, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Pierre-Luc Dubios scored and Columbus beat the Hurricanes 3-2.


Sens beat Tampa to give Smith first win

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Vladislav Namestnikov got his first two goals for the Ottawa Senators, and helped them get their first win of the season.

Namestnikov scored twice late in the third period to lift the Senators to a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. It also gave D.J. Smith his first career coaching win.

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