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Iginla scores twice as Bruins beat Canadiens

Tuesday, 09.17.2013 / 1:42 AM / Roundup

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Iginla scores twice as Bruins beat Canadiens
NHL.com recaps all the preseason action from Monday, September 14, headlined by Jarome Iginla scoring two goals to lead the Bruins past the Canadiens.

Jarome Iginla wasted little time showing why the Boston Bruins wanted him.

Iginla scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, as the Bruins opened their preseason by beating the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 on Monday night.

The longtime Calgary Flames captain signed with the Bruins as a free agent this summer after opting for a trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins rather than Boston as the trade deadline approached in April. He opened the scoring with a power-play one-timer past Carey Price 8:29 into the game, then broke a 3-3 tie when he beat Price's replacement, Robert Mayer, from the slot at 9:33 of the third.

The line of Iginla, Milan Lucic and David Krejci made life miserable for the Canadiens all night, combining for three goals and six points.

"This was my first chance to play with [Lucic and Krejci] and see them up close," Iginla said. "I see how strong they are ... I can see why they have a lot of success. I had some fun out there.

Krejci and Zach Trotman added power-play goals for Boston, which went 4-for-6 with the extra man. Nick Johnson also had a pair of goals for the defending Eastern Conference champions, who outshot Montreal 40-20. Travis Moen, Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban scored for Montreal -- all against starting goaltender Chad Johnson. Rookie Malcolm Subban, P.K.'s 19-year-old brother and Boston's first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, played the final 30:49 and stopped all 12 shots he faced.

Red Wings 4, Penguins 1: The Detroit Red Wings' special teams were in midseason form, scoring twice and killing all five Pittsburgh Penguins power plays at Consol Energy Center.

Rookie defenseman Adam Almquist scored both power-play goals in a 5:40 span of the second period, beating Tomas Vokoun with slap shots from the blue line. Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar also had goals for the Red Wings.

"I got a little bit lucky at first," Almquist said. "The puck was popping out to me and I could just go ahead a rip it off. Luckily it went in. The second one, I got a really good pass from Samuelsson, shot it and it went in. I got lucky there too."

Pittsburgh outshot Detroit 24-19 but failed to convert on three first-period power plays and lost for the second time in as many nights.

"We still made some mistakes. It's the preseason, you're going to do that," captain Sidney Crosby said. "But I think we got better. We've got some games here to get sharper."

Devils 2, Rangers 1: Cory Schneider showed why the New Jersey Devils were so eager to get him, stopping all 22 shots he faced against the New York Rangers.

"It's always nice to get a little action, make some saves and winning never gets old," said Schneider, who was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks on June 30. "It's preseason but that was probably one of the most spirited preseason games I've ever seen. That was the first one. The fans were great and both teams had a lot of energy and were playing hard."

He made his two best stops came against Brad Richards, robbing him at the left post during a power play 58 seconds into the second period and again with a glove save at 7:28 after a turnover.

"The first game is always a tough one when you go to a new team," Devils coach DeBoer said. "You obviously want to win the home fans over and he's playing against his old coach from last year in Vancouver, Alain Vigneault. It was nice for him to put up the performance he did and for us to get him a win."

Mattias Tedenby scored in the first period for New Jersey against Henrik Lundqvist and Eric Gelinas added a goal 31 seconds into the third period against Cam Talbot. Dominic Moore's backhander with 15:01 left in regulation beat rookie Keith Kincaid for the Rangers' only goal.

"Obviously it's nice to score, but honestly I'm not too focused on that," said Moore, who signed with the Rangers after sitting out last season. "I'm more focused on doing other things well."

Panthers 6, Predators 3: Brad Boyes didn't hurt his chances of winning a job by scoring the go-ahead goal with 7:16 remaining in regulation as the Florida Panthers beat the Nashville Predators in the opening game of a split-squad doubleheader.

Boyes signed a tryout agreement with the Panthers last week after failing to find a new home following a 35-point season with the New York Islanders in 2012-13.

"My linemates did a good job of getting the puck back," Boyes said. "We just outworked them to get that goal."

Scottie Upshall and rookie Quinton Howden added insurance goals for the Panthers, who overcame a 3-1 deficit. Defenseman Eric Gudbranson got the Panthers even with a pair of second-period goals.

"I think we got away from our game and we turned too many pucks over," Predators coach Barry Trotz said of his team's inability to hold the lead. "When you turn too many pucks over, you end up spending too much time in your own end. We also took too many penalties and that was really taxing. We hit a wall in the second period because we've had a real hard camp and we've pushed these guys to extremes. We just didn't have any legs in the third period and it showed."

Panthers 3, Predators 2 (OT): Florida completed a sweep of Nashville when Tomas Fleischmann scored with 47 seconds remaining in overtime.

Craig Smith put the Predators up 1-0 at 12:57 of the first period, but the Panthers tied it 13 seconds later on Jared Gomes' goal. Gabriel Bourque put Nashville back in front 2-1 at 11:30 of the second period; however, Tomas Kopecky forced overtime when he scored at 10:11 of the third period.

"It was a good day for us," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. "As coaches, we're looking at the systems and the team play, and our management group is looking at a lot of those guys. For us to come out with two wins is a good thing. There's nothing to prepare you for a season like a game, and a win on top of it is a really nice thing."

"It was a good day for us," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. "As coaches, we're looking at the systems and the team play, and our management group is looking at a lot of those guys. For us to come out with two wins is a good thing. There's nothing to prepare you for a season like a game, and a win on top of it is a really nice thing."

Flyers 3, Maple Leafs 2 (SO): Tye McGinn's goal in the seventh round of the shootout gave the Philadelphia Flyers split squad a victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

Bruno Gervais' unassisted goal in the third period tied the game at 2-2. After a scoreless overtime, McGinn became the fourth Flyer to score on Drew MacIntyre. Newcomer Jonathan Bernier stopped 15 of 16 shots for Toronto.

"It felt pretty good," Bernier said of his first game with his new team after being acquired from the Los Angeles Kings during the summer. "Obviously guys played very well in front of me. We got into PK a little bit too much, but it was good. I got to know the system a little bit."

James van Riemsdyk and Jamie Devane scored for Toronto. Ex-Maple Leaf defenseman Luke Schenn had the other goal for the Flyers.

Capitals 4, Flyers 3 (SO): The other half of the Flyers weren't as fortunate, as Ryan Stoa scored the tying goal with 21.7 seconds left in regulation and Joel Rechlicz got the winner for the Washington Capitals in the shootout.

The Flyers spotted the Capitals a 2-0 lead on goals by John Carlson and Joel Ward. Jakub Voracek got one goal back in the final minute of the second period, and goals by Vincent Lecavalier and Jason Akeson in the first 6:09 of the third period put Philadelphia ahead.

After Stoa's goal and a scoreless overtime, Rechlicz scored the only goal of the shootout in the fourth round.

Ray Emery went all the way in goal for the Flyers and stopped 29 shots. Michal Neuvirth stopped all 16 shots he faced for Washington; rookie David Leggio allowed three goals on 17 shots.

Senators 4, Flames 2: The sweaters in the stands in Saskatoon carried names like "Iginla" and "Spezza," but the ones on the ice featured young players trying to make their respective teams. One of those youngsters, Mike Hoffman, scored the third-period goal that proved to be the game-winner as the Ottawa Senators beat the Calgary Flames.

Hoffman's goal put the Senators ahead 3-0 with 12:40 left in regulation, and Clarke MacArthur added an insurance goal with 6:39 remaining after David Jones scored for the Flames. Calgary rookie Corban Knight scored a shorthanded goal with 4:12 to play.

Ottawa rookie Buddy Robinson scored for the second time in as many nights to give the Senators an early lead, and Cory Conacher's second-period goal made it 2-0 after 40 minutes.

"There was a lot of sloppy play," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "I thought they worked very hard, and that's part of the reason we were sloppy. But I felt we did enough good things to win. That's what it's all about."

Ducks 6, Coyotes 2: The Anaheim Ducks gave rookie goaltender Mark Visentin a rude welcome to the Honda Center as Teemu Selanne and defensemen Sami Vatanen and Nolan Yonkman scored on the home side's first three shots on the way to an easy home win against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Selanne and Vatanen scored 21 seconds apart in the first 1:09. Yonkman's shorthanded goal 2:59 into the game made it 3-0, and Daniel Winnik connected at 16:36 to complete a four-goal first period. Hampus Lindholm and Emerson Etem also scored as the Ducks breezed to victory in their preseason opener.

"It's still preseason, and the first game, but I thought we did what they asked us to do, in terms of systems and what we've learned in camp," said Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano, who assisted on three of the six goals. "I thought it was a good start, especially because we play tomorrow against L.A."

Guillaume Latendresse and Chris Brown scored for Phoenix, which learned earlier in the day that enforcer Paul Bissonnette will be suspended for the first 10 games of the regular season for coming off the bench on an illegal line change in Sunday's 4-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings.

Sharks 3, Canucks 2: John Tortorella spent his first game as coach of the Vancouver Canucks watching from the team's suite as the San Jose Sharks came into Rogers Arena and got the game-winner on a power-play goal by Tommy Wingels with 3:53 remaining in regulation.

The Sharks outshot the Canucks 42-16, but the game was even at 2-2 until Wingels deflected Joe Pavelski's shot past Joe Cannata with Alexandre Burrows in the penalty box.

Pavelski opened the scoring by beating starting goaltender Eddie Lack, but 2012 first-round pick Brendan Gaunce tied it at 17:46 when he fired home the rebound of Dale Wiese's shot. John McCarthy's one-timer late in the second period put the Sharks back in front. Hunter Shinkaruk, one of Vancouver's two first-round choices in this year's NHL draft, beat Alex Stalock top-shelf from a bad angle 1:15 into the third period to get Vancouver even again.

"I saw a little bit of corner up there," said Shinkaruk, whose parents were shown, teary-eyed, on the scoreboard after the goal. "It's not all the time that goes in, I try it every now and then and I'm lucky it just worked out.

"It was a game I'll never forget and it was a lot of fun."

Quote of the Day

You get more opportunity, and at the end of the day those are the times you've got to step up and show what you're made of. Together as a team, that's how you win games. I think we stuck together. That's kind of our philosophy here. We have good leadership and good guys to lean on.

— Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan after a win against the Nashville Predators on Friday
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