Colby Armstrong scored the game-tying goal, then added the winner in the 11th round of a shootout and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Thursday night at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario.
With the Maple Leafs trailing 2-1 in the third period, Armstrong beat Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to send the game to overtime.
"It had to be done. I think the refs had to get to a game in Montreal," Armstrong joked of his shootout winner.
Kris Versteeg assisted on the tying goal. The Leafs acquired Armstrong and Versteeg in the offseason to shake up an offense that had trouble scoring last season.
Greg McKegg also scored for the Leafs. Marc-Andre Bourdon and Bill Guerin scored for the Flyers.
The Leafs improved to 2-1-0 in the preseason while the Flyers fell to 1-0-1.
An enthusiastic crowd at London's was on hand to see local favorite Nazem Kadri, who scored Toronto's first goal in the shootout. Luca Caputi and Christian Hanson had Toronto's other shootout goals while Jeff Carter, Guerin and Joonas Lehtivouri scored for Philadelphia.
Hurricanes 3, Predators 1
Patrick O'Sullivan and Sergei Samsonov scored second-period goals to lead Carolina to a win at Nashville.
Nashville veteran J.P. Dumont opened the scoring at 9:18 of the opening period when he intercepted an attempted clearing pass on the right faceoff dot and beat Carolina goaltender Justin Peters with a wrist shot high to the stick side.
O'Sullivan, who signed a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina last week, evened the game at
4:46 of the second period. He scored 11 goals in 73 games with Edmonton last season.
That goal was the only blemish on an otherwise strong outing for Rinne, who stopped 17 of the 18
shots he faced before being replaced by Mark Dekanich midway through the game.
Samsonov gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead at 15:34 of the second on a power-play goal. Erik Cole
added an empty-net goal for the Hurricanes (1-1).
"I thought in the second, we stopped skating," Preds coach Barry Trotz said. "We weren't really efficient at getting pucks out."
Panthers 3, Bruins 2
David Booth scored twice and former Boston defenseman Dennis Wideman added a goal in the as
Florida improved to 2-0 with a win against the Bruins in Rochester, N.Y.
"Big hits. Big saves. It was an entertaining game," Panthers coach Peter DeBoer said. "From a coaching
point of view, I think we have a lot of work to do but it was an entertaining game."
Steve Kampfer and Jeff LoVecchio scored for Boston, who fell to 1-1.
The teams will meet again Saturday night in Boston.
Coyotes (ss) 2, Kings (ss) 1, (OT)
Shane Doan's power-play goal at 3:54 of overtime lifted Phoenix to a victory against Los Angeles in a split-squad game at Jobing.com Arena.
Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larrson drilled a shot wide from the right point, and Doan converted the rebound for his first goal of the preseason.
The Coyotes forced overtime with a power-play goal at 18:17 of the third period. Kyle Wellwood scored on a backhand after a shot from Doan was not handled by Kings goalie Jeff Zatkoff.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves in his preseason debut.
"I liked the way we hung in there and finally found a way to get one by them," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "There were some good things and some bad things. I really liked the discipline factor of our team. But there's some things we need to work on, that's for sure."
Coyotes (ss) 3, Kings (ss) 1
Brett MacLean scored the go-ahead goal with 4:32 to play, and Al Montoya made 19 saves to lead Phoenix past Los Angeles at the Staples Center.
Mikkel Boedker scored in the first period for the Coyotes, and Eric Belanger added an empty-netter in the final minute.
Brayden Schenn tied it on a rebound goal with 13:05 to play for the Kings, but MacLean tipped home a centering pass from Garrett Stafford for his second goal in two exhibition games.
"I thought they came out with a good tempo," L.A. coach Terry Murray said of the Coyotes. "They played a good pace. They came after us off the attack and they recovered a lot of pucks in our end, off shots and rebounds. And we were sloppy in the first period. We had a lot of those pucks on our stick, where we could have had, I thought, clean breakouts, and they end up coming back at us for another attempt at our net. But it got better."
Jonathan Quick stopped 18 shots for the Kings.
* ss - split squad
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.