Carolina keeps up winning streak, gives Coyotes another loss

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Defenseman Brett Pesce scored a power-play goal with 2:27 left in regulation Sunday to keep the Carolina Hurricanes perfect this season with a 2-1 victory over the winless Arizona Coyotes.

The Hurricanes are 8-0-0, extending their best start to a season in franchise history.

Martin Necas scored the other goal and set up Pesce’s goal. Frederik Andersen stopped 22 shots for his seventh win.

Rookie Karel Vejmelka made 37 saves for the Coyotes, and Christian Fischer had their only goal.

Pesce’s first goal of the season allowed him to become the 14th different Carolina player with at least one goal.

It was the first game in NHL history between an undefeated team having played seven or more games against a winless team with at least seven games, according to NHL Stats.

KINGS 3, SABRES 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) —Alex Iafallo scored with 6:19 to play as Los Angeles rallied to beat Buffalo.

Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist, Carl Grundstrom scored and the Kings won consecutive games for the first time this season. Jonathan Quick made 22 saves.

Rasmus Asplund and Victor Olofsson each scored for the Sabres, which lost to a Western Conference team for the first time in four games. Dustin Tokarski stopped 31 shots.

Iafallo buried Tobias Bjornfot’s clever pass to the edge of the crease to give the Kings the lead at 13:41, extending his point streak to three games (three goals, two assists).

Kopitar scored six seconds into a power play to tie it at 2 at 4:50 of the third period. It was his 100th career power-play goal.

The Associated Press

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