Kyle Palmieri, Andrew Gordon and Patrick Maroon all solved Jonathan Quick as the Ducks won their second game in as many nights after an 0-3 start to the preseason. They claimed a 4-1 victory Saturday in Vancouver against the defending Western Conference champions.
"The effort and the tenacity that we showed tonight was a huge upgrade from where we've been the first three games of the year," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "We were pretty good last night in Vancouver, but we couldn't really judge because we didn't play against the same quality of lineup we played tonight.
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A breakaway goal in the third by Andrei Loktionov was the only blemish on the night for Deslauriers, who spent all of last season in the minor leagues after playing in 58 games over parts of the previous two seasons for the Oilers. While the Ducks appear set with veterans Jonas Hiller and Dan Ellis, they did go through several goaltenders last season after vertigo symptoms derailed Hiller's all-star campaign.
Palmieri, a first-round pick in 2009, saw 10 games of action for Anaheim last season and is now looking to become a regular contributor. He started the scoring 2:45 into the second when Maxime Macenauer centered a pass from the corner and Palmieri was able to deflect it under the crossbar.
The score stayed 1-0 until a sudden burst late in the period by the Ducks opened up their lead. Gordon, who had a goal and an assist in 12 NHL games over parts of three seasons for the Capitals, capitalized on the rebound of an Andrew Cogliano shot and slipped a backhander just inside the left post for his third goal of the preseason. It took only 11 seconds before Maroon made it 3-0 by coming out from behind the net and putting the puck over Quick.
"I want to play every game," Gordon said. "I've played four of the five so far, and I'll play as hard as I possibly can. Every time you put your skates on here, it's an opportunity to impress, and that's what I'm trying to do."
Hurricanes 4, Jets 0
Cam Ward gave the hometown fans in Carolina a taste of what they hope to see plenty of during the regular season, as he stopped all 36 Winnipeg shots to record the shutout and give the Hurricanes their first win in three preseason games.
Zac Dalpe and Jay Harrison scored in a quick first-period burst to provide Ward with all the offensive support he would require. Dalpe's breakaway goal at the 6:43 mark held up as the game-winner, and Harrison followed 69 seconds later by knocking a shot down near the blue line and then firing it past Jets goalie David Aebischer.
Jerome Samson and Riley Nash added goals in the second off rebounds, Samson with 6:55 left in the period and Nash with 1:26 to play. Carolina had managed only three goals in losses to Buffalo and Nashville.
Aebischer, looking to return to the NHL for the first time since playing in one game for Phoenix during the 2007-08 season, finished with 26 saves.
Bruins 7, Canadiens 3
A crowd in Halifax, N.S., got to enjoy what fans in Boston and Montreal enjoy a combined total of six times each regular season, as the Bruins and Canadiens brought their Original Six rivalry to a neutral site -- with the defending Stanley Cup champions' special teams helping lead them to the win.
SOG: 191 | +/-: -14
Boston also received goals from Gregory Campbell, Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron to improve to 2-0-1 in the preseason with another matchup against the Canadiens slated for Monday in Montreal.
Scott Gomez, Brian Willsie and Aaron Palushaj scored the goals for the Canadiens, who have lost four of five.
Avalanche 3, Stars 0
Veteran goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere made a positive first impression on the crowd in Denver, turning aside all 16 shots he faced as Colorado blanked Dallas for its first victory of the preseason.
Giguere, who along with young Semyon Varlamov comprise the new Avalanche goaltending tandem assembled during the offseason, didn't have to stand on his head but he stopped whatever he saw, and Ryan O'Reilly was the hero on the offensive end with a pair of goals.
The Stars, who had won their first three games, received 28 saves in goal from Richard Bachman.
Ryan Stoa's power-play goal turned out to be all the offense Giguere would need. Joakim Lindstrom took the puck at the point, found an open shooting lane and his shot deflected off Stoa and past Bachman as Colorado grabbed the lead.
From there, O'Reilly took over with some help from top pick Gabriel Landeskog. In the second period, Landeskog carried the puck into the Dallas zone and, off the rush, the No. 2 pick in June's draft feathered a pass across to O'Reilly, who lifted a shot over Bachman's right shoulder for a 2-0 lead. O'Reilly also closed the scoring by banging home the rebound of a Kyle Quincey shot.
Giguere denied the only Stars' chance during an extended 5-on-3 advantage and made a nice save on a stuff attempt by Krystofer Barch.
Blue Jackets 4, Sabres 1
In Columbus, forward Dane Byers scored a goal and contributed a pair of assists and Steve Mason turned in a solid outing with 19 saves as the Blue Jackets handed the Sabres their first loss of the preseason.
GAA: 3.03 | SVP: 0.901
Carter, expected to provide an offensive spark on a line with Jackets captain Rick Nash, opened the scoring on a 5-on-3 midway through the first period and Clitsome beat Ryan Miller, who made 23 saves, on a snap shot from long range for a two-goal lead.
The Blue Jackets doubled their advantage in the second with goals from Byers and Johansen.
Oilers 3, Flames 0 | HIGHLIGHTS
Edmonton got a long look at young goaltender Devan Dubnyk last season and the Oilers liked much of what they saw. The third-year netminder proved flawless at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday in helping them finish off a home-and-home sweep of their Alberta rivals in Calgary.
Dubnyk stopped all 30 shots he faced, while in front of him two other faces of the Oilers' future, Linus Omark and Jordan Eberle, each produced a goal and an assist. Shawn Horcoff had the other goal as Edmonton won for the third time in five preseason games. Defenseman Taylor Fedun assisted on a pair of goals.
Dubnyk played in 35 games and won 12 for the Oilers last season with a 2.71 goals-against average and two shutouts.
The Flames split their goaltending duties between second-year netminder Henrik Karlsson and veteran Miikka Kiprusoff. Karlsson took the loss, stopping 11 of 12 shots before Kiprusoff relieved and made 10 saves.