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Streit scores in return to lead Isles past Devils

Saturday, 09.24.2011 / 11:54 PM / Roundup

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Mark Streit wasted no time showing just how much he was missed last season.

Streit's 2010-11 season ended before it began when he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury during training camp. The New York Islanders' new captain played his first competitive game in more than 16 months on Saturday night and had a goal and a pair of assists to lead the Isles to a 6-2 victory against New Jersey at the Nassau Coliseum.

"I was a little nervous in the beginning," Streit said, "but I'll tell you one thing, it was great to be out there again."

Streit wore the "C" for the first time since being named captain earlier this week. He anchored the blue line and led a power play that cashed in on three of its six chances.

One of those goals came from Streit, who snuck in from the left point late in the first period and zipped a passout from Matt Moulson behind Johan Hedberg for a 3-1 lead.

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"I like our power play because everybody's skilled, everybody can shoot the puck, everyone can pass the puck," Streit said. "It was a great start but it was only one game."

Moulson, who scored the Isles' last two goals, was among those delighted to see Streit back.

"I think you can say that," Moulson said. "That's a little bit of an understatement.

The Devils got goals by Kyle Palmieri and Mattias Tedenby but gave Hedberg little help one night after surrendering four goals in a 4-3 home loss to the Rangers.

"I'm disappointed in the game and how we played," new coach Peter DeBoer said. "The good news is it's an exhibition and we've got a lot of time to fix what's wrong. Nothing looked good tonight so I'm not sure it's a fair barometer."

Senators 3, Canadiens 2

One night after they blew a 3-0 lead and lost to the Canadiens in a shootout in Ottawa, the Senators returned the favor by overcoming a 2-0 deficit to win at the Bell Centre.

Chris Neil, better known for his pugilistic skills than his ability to score, connected twice in the third period -- including the game-winner with 28 seconds left in regulation.

"I always like being booed in another team's building," said Neil, who had tied the game with 8:57 left when his pass deflected into the net off Montreal defenseman Jeff Woywitka. "Usually, it's for a fight or something, so whenever you can get a couple of goals it's nice."

Neil won it when he converted a pass from Nikita Filatov, who had carried the puck around the net.

Mike Cammalleri scored twice in the second period to give Montreal a 2-0 lead. Milan Michalek got one goal back before the end of the period.

"It's exhibition, so it's a little sloppy, but it's a good opportunity to work on a few things and work on our systems as a group," said Montreal goaltender Carey Price, who has allowed 10 goals in three preseason  appearances. "It's a process. Now is the time to work on little details that will make a difference when it comes to the real deal."

Lightning 5, Panthers 3

Tampa Bay completed a home-and-home sweep of the Panthers when Mattias Ritola broke a 3-3 tie with 5:20 left in regulation and Teddy Purcell scored nine seconds later

The Lightning trailed 3-2 before Tom Pyatt tied it at 9:01 of the third period, beating Jose Theodore. Ritola put the Bolts ahead to stay when he poked Steve Downie's pass into the net. Purcell added an insurance goal when the puck caromed off him and into the net.

Mattias Ritola
Center - TBL
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 4 | PTS: 8
SOG: 42 | +/-: -5
"The third period was an issue," Florida coach Kevin Dineen said. "We had half a dozen bodies playing their first game. I'm not going to make excuses, but fatigue was a factor. I thought we had a good start, we were pretty solid for 40 minutes, but when things got a little bit frantic we failed to settle down."

Florida, which lost at Tampa Bay on Friday, grabbed a 3-1 lead on goals 41 seconds apart early in the second period by Kris Versteeg and Tomas Kopecky against Mathieu Garon. Brett Connolly's 5-on-3 power-play goal midway through the period cut the margin to 3-2.

The Lightning have high hopes for Connolly, their first-round pick in 2010.

"As coach (Guy) Boucher said, it's like night and day with his progress from last year," assistant coach Martin Raymond said of Connolly. "He's really using his size to his advantage and he's got good speed too. He's been able to get to the net and create plays in front. You do that and ultimately you're going to get some goals."

Predators 4, Jets 3

Nashville's power play overwhelmed the Jets as Sergei Kostitsyn, Martin Erat and Patric Hornqvist scored with the extra man in the second period to rally the Predators from a 3-1 deficit.

Darren Meech's power-play goal 6:54 into the second period put the Jets ahead 3-1. But Kostitsyn scored at 9:14 with Evander Kane in the box, and Erat and Hornqvist made the Jets pay for a four-minute roughing call against Troy Bodie -- he wanted to get into a scrap with Zach Stortini, who wouldn't oblige.

The Predators have been spending time on their power play after finishing 26th with the extra man last season.

"It's been a little bit of a bone of contention," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We're changing a little bit of the thought process on it, and we think we have some good components. It really started to come about in the playoffs last year -- If our power play didn't produce the way it did in the first round, we don't survive that first round. We're trying to see if we can take it where it was and bring it up a little bit."

Shea Weber and Ryan Suter each had a pair of assists.

Spencer Machacek and Paul Postma scored in the first period for Nashville against rookie Chet Pickard. Jordin Tootoo got the Predators on the board 4:50 into the second period.

Jets coach Claude Noel wasn't too concerned about the blown lead or the outcome.

"I wanted to see a lot of different people in a fashion that I wanted to see what we had," he said. "I wasn't too overly concerned with the score. I wanted to win the game, we all wanted to win the game. I got to see a lot of what I wanted to see and things are coming through exactly like they need to come through. Things are falling right into place."

Stars 3, Blues 2

Dallas made it three wins in as many preseason games by holding off the Blues at the American Airlines Center. Newcomer Michael Ryder, rookie Matt Fraser and Raymond Sawada had goals for the Stars, who've outscored their opponents 14-7 in the three games.

Michael Ryder
Right Wing - DAL
GOALS: 18 | ASST: 23 | PTS: 41
SOG: 165 | +/-: -1
"Our game's coming together, so we're happy with that," new coach Glen Gulutzan said. "The players that we've had in camp here have really bought in. There's always going to be wrinkles and room for improvement, but I like the way our game is coming together. The biggest thing is whether the guys buy in or not and they're in. We just have to have some success, and then they'll be full in."

Sawada's goal midway through the third period made it 3-1 and turned out to be the winner when Alexander Steen scored a shorthanded goal with 38 seconds left.

Brian Elliott, battling for the backup goaltending job behind Jaroslav Halak, stopped 26 of 29 shots.

"This was a game where there were stretches of zone time for us and zone time for them, so you had to be ready when the moment came," Blues coach Davis Payne said. "He made some big saves when we gave up some rush opportunities in the second period. Solid on those. I thought it was a fine performance, but we'll go back and look at it."

Oilers 2, Flames 1

With Wayne Gretzky in the house, the Oilers gave the crowd at Rexall Place a look at the future.

Edmonton won the front end of a home-and-home series when Taylor Hall, the top pick in the 2010 Entry Draft, put home the rebound of a shot by 2001 No. 1 pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with 1:17 left in regulation to give Edmonton a victory against its biggest rival.

Nugent-Hopkins came off the boards and fired a 25-footer at Leland Irving. The rebound caromed back to Hall, who scored his first goal of the preseason. The assist was the third of the preseason for Nugent-Hopkins.

"We started to develop some chemistry as the game went on," Nugent-Hopkins said of playing with Hall. "We got some more chances -- we probably should have had a couple more goals than we did."

Said Irving: "Kind of a tough bounce. It landed right on their stick and ended up right in the back of the net."

The only bad news for the Oilers was that forward Sam Gagner left with an injured left ankle after going hard into the boards.

Rene Bourque opened the scoring 8:17 into the second period with a 40-footer from the high slot that beat Nikolai Khabibulin. Ryan Jones tied it by scoring on a shorthanded breakaway with eight seconds left in the period.

"We had moments where I thought we were fine," Flames coach Brent Sutter said. "I wasn't happy with the way we played the third period and the last part of the second period. But that's what this is for -- to get an evaluation of guys and where they're at. Each game is a little tougher, and we see a little bit more."

Sharks 1, Coyotes 0

Harri Setari's first appearance in a Sharks uniform was one to remember, even if it was only a preseason game.

With Antti Niemi and Antero Niittymaki out with injuries, the Finnish rookie, a 2008 fourth-round pick, stopped all 28 shots he faced for the shutout in his first appearance ever as a Shark. Benn Ferriero scored a power-play goal with 4:11 left in regulation as the Sharks made it two wins in as many nights by blanking the Coyotes in San Jose.

Harri Sateri
Goalie - SJS
RECORD: -
GAA: - | SVP: -
"I just tried to play my own game," Sateri said. "It's a great feeling -- a win, a shutout, in my first exhibition, a great feeling."

Ryane Clowe earned his third assist in two games as the Sharks improved to 3-0-0 -- though they had to work a lot harder than they did in outscoring Anaheim 11-2 in sweeping a home-and-home series.

"It was a lot different," coach Todd McLellan said in comparing this win to the first two. "It was good for our team to be involved in a game like that. It wasn't pretty by any means; there was a lot of scrambling plays where guys had to stop on pucks and really get involved in the board work and the battles. It's good for our team."

Ferriero, among a number of young players trying to earn a place on a team that's been to back-to-back conference finals, didn't hurt himself.

"There's a lot of ways to evaluate a player. [Ferriero] on the power play, that has to be part of his game," McLellan said. "When he gets the opportunity, he has to make good on it, and he did that tonight. I thought he did some other things tonight, as well. He has a great little burst of speed; he's done a pretty good job through training camp, and we hope he continues to do that."

Phoenix goaltender Jason LaBarbera stopped 29 of 30 shots.

"Tough loss but LaBarbera … played well in net for us," forward Paul Bissonnette tweeted after the game.

Penguins 4, Wild 1

Pittsburgh delighted a packed house made up mostly of kids by scoring four power-play goals to beat Minnesota.

For NHL.com's game story, click here.

Material from team media was used in this report

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild