GLENDALE Aleksander Barkov Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet saw Thursday night’s game as a must-win, and Arizona was up for the task.It just took a couple of periods to get going.Clayton Keller and Brad Richardson scored during Arizona’s three-goal third, and the Coyotes beat the first-place Vancouver Canucks 4-1.“In our eyes, it was a game that we needed,” Tocchet said. “We were a little sloppy the first couple (of periods). But the third period, the players dug in, which I’m proud of.”Keller took advantage of a turnover in Vancouver’s zone to make it 2-1 about four minutes into the third, and Richardson scored short-handed about eight minutes later. Lawson Crouse added an empty-net goal.Arizona ended a two-game home skid and has won three of four overall. The Coyotes played the first of five games at home after a four-game road trip.“We got better as the game went along. It definitely wasn’t pretty but we got the job done, and that’s what matters the most,” Keller said. “I kind of just shot it five-hole, it’s definitely a shot I like to do when you’ve got two guys and the goalie starts to cheat a little bit.”Alex Goligoski scored in the second period for the first goal by a Coyotes defenseman this season. It was also Arizona’s first goal on home ice.The injury-riddled Canucks were without several key players, including three who got hurt in a win Wednesday night at Vegas. The Pacific Division leaders played their first back-to-back set this season.Darcy Kuemper stopped 27 shots in place of Arizona starter Antti Raanta, who sat out a second straight game due to illness.Anders Nilsson had 26 saves for the Canucks, and Darren Archibald scored.Vancouver had two good chances to score in the first period, but Loui Eriksson’s shot from in close was stopped by Kuemper Evgenii Dadonov Jersey Kids , and Derrick Pouliot hit a post with a power-play shot.“Just sticking with it,” Kuemper said. “We expected a tough game.”Goligoski flipped a backhand out of Nilsson’s reach 43 seconds into the second. The Canucks responded at 2:23 when Archibald redirected Troy Stecher’s long shot off a faceoff.“All the guys were feeling it today, the travel and a couple of bodies going down (Wednesday),” Archibald said of playing back-to-back games.Crouse and Canucks forward Antoine Roussel came to blows in the second period and were both penalized for roughing. Crouse and Roussel were also involved in a scuffle at center ice late in the period after Roussel pulled Keller down from behind.Both Roussel and Crouse, who came to Keller’s defense, were given 10-minute misconduct penalties.Keller said Crouse and captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson supporting him “means everything” to him.“It shows what kind of guys they are, sticking up for me,” Keller said.Notes: Vancouver F Brock Boeser remained out with a groin injury and was scratched along with D Christopher Tanev. D Alexander Edler will need an MRI when the team returns to Canada, and F Sven Baertschi is in concussion protocol. … With their injuries on defense, the Canucks called up Alex Biega and Guillaume Brisebois from Utica of the AHL. Biega played and Brisebois was scratched. … Coyotes F Mario Kempe was assigned to AHL Tucson on Thursday.UP NEXTVancouver starts a four-game homestand with Pittsburgh on Saturday night.Arizona host Tampa Bay on Saturday. WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals opened their title defense with a 7-0 thrashing of the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.After watching the franchise’s first Stanley Cup banner ascend to the rafters, T.J. Oshie opened the scoring just 24 seconds in, and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the first of his two goals 1 1/2 minutes later to get the rout off to a fast start. It was the fastest first two goals by a defending champion in a season opener in NHL history — and it was just the beginning.By midway through the second period, the Capitals chased goalie Tuukka Rask with five goals on 19 shots and ignited chants of “Back-to-back! Back-to-back!” from the fired-up crowd. Braden Holtby stopped all 25 shots he faced to improve to 15-2 with four shutouts against the Bruins.The emotional banner ceremony featured montages from the Capitals’ playoff run and ensuing celebrations and a roar when Ovechkin carried the freshly engraved Cup onto the ice and skated a lap with it. Minutes after Ovechkin kissed the Cup and put it back in its box, he and his teammates blew away any concern about an emotional letdown and began making a statement that they want to win it back.In Todd Reirden’s first game as coach, the Capitals beat the Bruins for the 13th consecutive time http://www.officialhockeypanthersshop.com/authentic-adidas-james-reimer-jersey , this time without Tom Wilson. Washington’s top-line right winger began his 20-game suspension for another illegal check to the head of an opponent in a preseason game.Ovechkin scored one of four power-play goals, Kuznetsov scored his second on the power play and John Carlson beat Boston backup Jaroslav Halak on a 5-on-3 advantage. Newcomer Nic Dowd joined the fun with a spinning back-hander, and Cup-clinching goal-scorer Lars Eller added the exclamation point with the seventh of the night.MAPLE LEAFS 3, CANADIENS 2, OTTORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews scored his second goal of the game in overtime, John Tavares scored his first goal for Toronto and the Maple Leafs beat Montreal in the opener for both teams.Matthews took a feed from Patrick Marleau and beat goalie Carey Price 1:01 into the extra period.Frederik Andersen stopped 34 shots, and Nazem Kadri had two assists for the Maple Leafs.Artturi Lehkonen and Andrew Shaw scored for Montreal, and Price made 23 saves. Max Domi, the son of former Leafs tough guy Tie Domi, had two assists in his first game for the Canadiens.Montreal’s Jesperi Kotkaniemi, the first NHL player born in the 2000s, picked up an assist. The Finn, who turned 18 in July, also became the second-youngest player in Canadiens’ history to score a point.DUCKS 5, SHARKS 2SAN JOSE Youth Jamie McGinn Jersey , Calif. (AP) — John Gibson made 31 saves, Brandon Montour scored the tiebreaking goal with 11:58 to play and the Anaheim Ducks spoiled Erik Karlsson’s San Jose debut.Rickard Rakell added a goal and two assists, Max Comtois scored on his opening shift in the NHL and Adam Henrique also had a goal in the first game for the Ducks since getting swept in the first round by San Jose last spring. Jakob Silfverberg had three assists and Carter Rowney scored an empty-net goal for Anaheim.Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl scored for the Sharks but Martin Jones allowed four goals on the first 13 shots he faced to take the loss. Jones finished with 10 saves.CANUCkS 5, FLAMES 2VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Rookie Elias Pettersson scored on his first shot in his first NHL game, and Vancouver beat Calgary.Nikolay Goldobin, Brendan Leipsic, Jake Virtanen and Tyler Motte also scored for Vancouver. Jacob Markstrom stopped 33 shots.Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan had goals for the Flames, and Mike Smith finished with 18 saves.Pettersson opened the scoring with 6:12 left in the first period, picking up the puck in the neutral zone, springing into the Calgary end with teammate Derrick Pouliot on a 2-on-1. Petterson kept the puck and fired a wrist shot into the top of the net.The goal brought chants of “Petter-sson” from the crowd.