After being held without a shot in the opener, Brett Hull scored four goals for the second time in his career as the St. Louis Blues beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 in their home opener Tuesday night.
Hull has 24 career hat tricks, but went almost eight seasons before scoring four goals in a game. He had four April 16 against Detroit, and it took him only 13 regular-season games to do it again. Two of the goals came on the power play and a third was shorthanded, and they came on nine shots.
A crowd of 17,565, the fourth-smallest at the year-old Kiel Center, may have been in response to general manager-coach Mike Keenan’s dismantling of last season’s team.
Stars 7, Flames 3 Dallas
Greg Adams and Dave Gagner each scored two goals, and backup goalie Darcy Wakaluk made 33 saves in place of flu-ridden Andy Moog as Dallas beat Calgary.
Dallas put the game away in the second period when it scored on three of five shots, two just 18 seconds apart.
Maple Leafs 7, Islanders 3 Toronto
Mats Sundin had two goals and two assists, and linemate Mike Gartner added two goals as Toronto defeated New York in the Leafs’ home opener.
The Maple Leafs outshot the Islanders 50-21 and converted three of 12 power-play chances against two New York goalies to win their first game of the season.
Kings 6, Blackhawks 5, OT Inglewood, Calif.
Yanic Perreault scored his second goal of the game on a power play with 2:50 remaining in overtime as Los Angeles beat Chicago.
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