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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joe Pavelski scored two of San Jose’s four first-period goals Columbus Blue Jackets Hats Authentic , and Evander Kane also scored twice to spark the Sharks to an 8-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.Flyers fans were still buzzing from the pregame festivities for the home opener, which included rookie mascot Gritty rappelling from the rafters to the ice, when the Sharks pounced.The Flyers turned over the puck at the point, and Couture beat the odd-man rush and fired his first goal of the season past Brian Elliott. Pavelski made it 2-0 just 11 seconds later when he knocked in a rebound for his first goal of the season.The Sharks, a Stanley Cup favorite, were just warming up. They had five goals in their first three games and then scored five goals through two periods.Kane added his second of the game and fourth of the season in the second to make it 5-1. Tomas Hertl, Timo Meier and Barclay Goodrow also scored in the third for an 8-1 lead. Aaron Dell stopped 31 shots.Shayne Gostisbehere and Wayne Simmonds scored for the Flyers.JETS 2, KINGS 1WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Kyle Connor scored for a third straight game and Winnipeg overcame Ilya Kovalchuk’s first NHL goal in five years to beat Los Angeles.Mark Scheifele also scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 16 saves for the Jets, who outshot the Kings 39-17.Kovalchuk got his first goal since returning from Russia with the Kings this season on a three-year deal. It was the 418th of his career.Jack Campbell, replacing injured starter Jonathan Quick, stopped 37 shots in his ninth career game.FLAMES 3, PREDATORS 0NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Smith made 43 saves and Sean Monahan scored twice as Calgary blanked Nashville.Elias Lindholm scored and Johnny Gaudreau had three assists for Calgary, winners of two of three.Smith was stellar Custom Columbus Blue Jackets Jerseys , especially in the second period when he turned aside 21 shots. Nashville had a two-man advantage for a full 2 minutes in the period.The loss was Nashville’s first after a pair of road wins to open the season. Nashville’s Pekka Rinne finished with 24 saves.HURRICANES 5, CANUCKS 3RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sebastian Aho had a goal and an assist, and Carolina beat Vancouver for its third straight win.Warren Foegele scored an insurance goal in the third period, Andrei Svechnikov, Jordan Staal and Brett Pesce also scored and Teuvo Teravainen had two assists.They helped the Eastern Conference-leading Hurricanes improve to 3-0-1 — their best start since the move from Hartford in 1997 — under new coach and former team captain Rod Brind’Amour.Sven Baertschi had two goals and an assist, and Bo Horvat scored on the power play for rebuilding Vancouver, which has lost the first two games of its six-game trip.Curtis McElhinney made 22 saves for the Hurricanes while Jacob Markstrom stopped 28 shots for the Canucks.BLUE JACKETS 5, AVALANCHE 2COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nick Foligno had two goals and an assist and Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves to get his first win of the season as Columbus beat Colorado.Pierre-Luc Dubois, Artemi Panarin and Josh Anderson also scored for the Blue Jackets, who dealt the Avs their first loss.Philipp Grubauer, making his Colorado debut after being acquired from Washington in June, had 30 saves. Nathan MacKinnon and Carl Soderberg scored in the second period, but Colorado was shut out in the third as Columbus broke a 2-2 tie and added a couple more.MAPLE LEAFS 7 www.officialstarsproonline.com , STARS 4DALLAS (AP) — Auston Matthews and John Tavares each had two goals, and high-scoring Toronto beat Dallas.Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly had a career-high four assists after he scored the winning goal in Sunday night’s 7-6 overtime win at Chicago. Mitchell Marner had a goal and three assists as the Maple Leafs improved to 2-0 on a four-game trip.Led by Matthews and Tavares, Toronto has won three of its first four games.Tyler Seguin had a goal and three assists for Dallas, and Alexander Radulov finished with a goal and two assists.Ben Bishop, who had stopped 62 of 63 shots to help the Stars to a 2-0 start, made 23 saves.Frederik Andersen had 30 stops for the Maple Leafs. Dan Bouchard can appreciate, better than most, the Miracle in the Desert.He was a goalie for the expansion Atlanta Flames back in the 1970s, so he knows how difficult it is to build a competitive team from scratch.”It’s astonishing what they’ve done in Vegas,” said Bouchard, who still lives in the Atlanta area, when reached by phone this week. ”I think it’s the greatest thing to happen to hockey since the Miracle on Ice,” he added, referring to the seminal U.S. upset of the mighty Soviet Union at the 1980 Olympics. ”It’s that good.”Indeed, Vegas has set a new norm for expansion teams in all sports. No longer will it be acceptable to enter a league with a squad full of dregs and take your lumps for a few years Dallas Stars T-Shirts Authentic , all while fans willingly pay big-league prices to watch an inferior product.The Golden Knights have come up with a stunning new template for how this expansion thing can be done.They romped to the Pacific Division title with 51 wins. In the opening round of the playoffs, they finished off the Los Angeles Kings in four straight games , casting aside a franchise that has a pair of Stanley Cup titles this decade while becoming the first expansion team in NHL history to sweep a postseason series in its debut year.Imagine how storied franchises in Montreal and Detroit and Edmonton must be feeling right about now.They didn’t even make the playoffs.From Bouchard’s perspective, it’s all good. Vegas’ success right out of the starting gate will make everyone raise their game in the years to come.”This will wake up the teams that are sitting on $90 million budgets and not doing anything,” he said. ”People will say, `If Vegas can do it, we can do it.’ That’s a paradigm shift in the game.”When one considers how NHL expansion teams have fared over the years, the Vegas story becomes even more compelling.The Golden Knights are the first new team in the NHL’s modern era to have a winning record in their inaugural season, a period that began in 1967 and encompasses 26 new franchises (including one, the ill-fated California Seals, who are no longer around).Only six other first-year teams have made the playoffs – and that includes four that were assured of postseason berths in the landmark 1967 expansion. You see, when the NHL finally broke out of its Original Six format, doubling in size to a dozen teams, it placed all the new franchises in the same division, with the top four getting postseason berths even with sub-.500 records.Until the Golden Knights came along Dallas Stars Hoodies Authentic , the Florida Panthers were the gold standard for NHL expansion. They finished one game below .500 in their first season (1993-94) and missed the playoffs by a single point. In Year 3, they had their first winning record and made it all the way to the Stanley Cup final, though they were swept by the Colorado Avalanche.That remains the closest the Panthers have come to winning a title.In Sin City, the wait for a championship figures to be much shorter. Heck, the Golden Knights might do it this year.They’re 12 wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup in a city that has always had a soft spot for long shots.”We’re still a few wins away from this being a great story,” said goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, a key contributor to the Golden Knights success.Even now, it seems like a bit of dream to coach Gerard Gallant, who thankfully will be remembered for something other than getting left at the curb to hail his own cab after being fired by the Panthers.”When this all started in October, we just wanted to compete,” Gallant said. ”Now we’re going to the second round of the playoffs. It’s unreal.”For sure, the Golden Knights wound up with a much more talented roster than most expansion teams – partly through astute planning, partly through getting access to better players as a reward for doling out a staggering $500 million expansion fee, which was a more than six-fold increase over the $80 million required of Minnesota and Columbus to enter the league in 2000.The expansion draft netted a top-line goalie in Fleury, who helped Pittsburgh win three Stanley Cups; center Jonathan Marchessault Dallas Stars Hats Authentic , a 30-goal scorer in Florida who was surprisingly left exposed by the Panthers; and winger James Neal, who had scored more than 20 goals in all nine of his NHL seasons. It also provided a solid group of defensemen: Colin Miller, Nate Schmidt, Deryk Engelland and Brayden McNabb.In addition, the Golden Knights wisely nabbed young Swedish center William Karlsson, who hadn’t done much in Columbus but became Vegas’ leading scorer with 43 goals and 35 assists.”They’ve got some top centers. They’ve got some real good defense. They’ve got good goaltending,” Bouchard observed. ”They went right down the middle. That’s how the built it. Then they complemented it with the fastest guys they could get their hands on. They went for speed.”Previous expansion teams didn’t have it nearly as good.Bouchard actually played on one of the better first-year teams when the Flames entered the league in 1972. They were in playoff contention much of the season and finished with more points than four other teams in the 16-team league, including the storied Toronto Maple Leafs.But that was a team that had to struggle for every win. The Flames had only three 20-goal scorers and were largely carried by their two young goalies, Bouchard and Phil Myre.”We didn’t have a bona fide 30-goal scorer,” Bouchard recalled. ”We had a lot of muckers.”That was then.The Golden Knights have shown how it should be done.If expansion teams are going to fork over enormous fees for the chance to play, they should have access to a much better pool of potential players.They should have a chance to win right away.That way, everyone wins.—Paul Newberry is a sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry(at)ap.org or at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paul newberry—AP Sports Writer Beth Harris in Los Angeles contributed to this column.—

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