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Canucks trounce Kings

VANCOUVER—Coach Travis Green says his Vancouver Canucks were in need of a victory as they headed into their home opener.

The squad had dropped their first two games of the season and with so many new faces in the room, a positive result could have a big impact, he said.

The Canucks (1-2-0) answered the call with a decisive 8-2 win over the L.A. Kings last night.

Blues top Leafs

TORONTO—The Toronto Maple Leafs gave the defending Stanley Cup champions all they could handle for long stretches yesterday.

And the St. Louis Blues responded with what won them their rings last June—in the end, they found a way.

Alex Pietrangelo scored the winner in the third period and Jordan Binnington was stellar in making 32 saves as St. Louis downed Toronto 3-2.

Islanders beat Jets

UNIONDALE, N.Y.—The New York Islanders relied heavily on Thomas Greiss last season, and their invariably calm netminder picked up right he where he left off.

Greiss made 35 saves and Josh Bailey, Brock Nelson and Anders Lee scored second-period goals to the lead the Islanders past the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 last night.