PITTSBURGH -- Jussi Jokinen collected his first hat trick in nearly six years and the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled away from the Carolina Hurricanes for a 5-2 win Tuesday night.
Jokinen, who was acquired from the Hurricanes last spring, helped the Penguins improve to 3-0, opening the scoring in the first period and adding two goals in the third after Carolina drew even at 2-2.
Paul Martin and Tanner Glass also scored for Pittsburgh, while Sidney Crosby picked up his first two assists of the season. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 shots for the Penguins, who have not trailed through three games. Pittsburgh has outscored opponents 12-3 while getting off to the franchise's best start since 1994-95.
Eric Staal and Nathan Gerbe scored for the Hurricanes and Cam Ward made 32 saves, but Carolina crumbled in the final 15 minutes after erasing an early two-goal deficit.
The Penguins brought in Jokinen last March after four-plus seasons in Carolina, hoping the talented winger would help them lift the Stanley Cup. The rebuilding Hurricanes even agreed to pay $900,000 of the $3 million Jokinen is due this year just to get him out of town.
While Jokinen and Pittsburgh failed to win a championship, he showed an ability to blend in with Penguins stars Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (see full recap).
Tavares, Islanders rout Coyotes
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders were merely content with a lopsided victory. The Phoenix Coyotes were flat-out humiliated.
With production from all four lines, the Islanders built a big lead and carried it to a 6-1 win over the Coyotes on Tuesday night.
While New York coach Jack Capuano was pleased with his team's performance, he tempered his remarks and didn't heap too much praise on his club.
"We got some bounces. Let's not kid ourselves," Capuano said. "The score didn't indicate the way the game was."
John Tavares scored his first two goals of the season and defenseman Matt Donovan added the first of his NHL career in a rare meeting between the Islanders and Coyotes. Phoenix hadn't visited Long Island since December 2010 (see full recap).
Avs beat Leafs, remain undefeated
TORONTO -- New coach Patrick Roy and the Colorado Avalanche got a key third-period goal on the road to stay unbeaten on the season.
P.A. Parenteau scored early in the third period to help the Avs edge Toronto 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Cory Sarich also scored for Colorado (3-0-0), which got another terrific start from Semyon Varlamov in net. The 25-year-old Russian has stopped 88 of 91 shots in three games.
Tied 1-1 going into the third, Colorado went ahead at 2:30 on a two-on-one with Jamie McGinn setting up Parenteau.
The good stood up to video review.
"According to Rule 78.4 `if an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed.' Good goal Colorado."
Avs rookie Nathan MacKinnon, the 18-year-old first overall pick in the draft, got an assist -- his fourth of the season -- on Parenteau's third goal of the season (see full recap).