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Islanders sweep split-squad games against Senators

Sunday, 09.29.2013 / 11:44 PM / Roundup


Johan Sundstrom scored twice to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-2 victory against the Ottawa Senators in a split-squad preseason game Sunday night in Barrie, Ontario.

Kyle Okposo, Sundstrom and Justin Johnson gave the Islanders a 3-0 lead after the first period. Sundstrom added his second goal in the middle period and John Tavares scored in the third for the Islanders.

Matt Puempel and Cory Conacher scored for Ottawa.

Anders Nilsson picked up the victory for the Islanders, stopping 15 of 16 shots in the first half of the game before being replaced by Kevin Poulin, who turned aside 15 of the 16 attempts he faced.

Roundup: Reimer leads Maple Leafs past Red Wings

Sunday, 09.29.2013 / 1:18 AM / Roundup


James Reimer isn't making the decision about a starting goaltender easy for Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle.

Reimer, who led the Maple Leafs into the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season for the first time since 2004, is battling offseason acquisition Jonathan Bernier for the starting job. He didn't hurt his chances Saturday night by making 24 saves in a 3-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Air Canada Centre.

"I tried to prove myself every day in practice and preparing myself and taking care of myself off the ice," Reimer said. "I feel like I've done the best that I can, and now it's up to Randy."

Ovechkin scores two as Capitals beat Flyers

Saturday, 09.28.2013 / 1:20 AM / Roundup

Alex Ovechkin earned his night away from hockey.

Ovechkin will miss the Washington Capitals' final preseason game on Saturday in order to take part in the start of the Olympic torch relay in Greece. The first Russian to carry the torch flew off on a high note by scoring twice as the Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 Friday night at Verizon Center.

The Capitals blew a 3-0 lead as the Flyers got goals by Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds in a span of less than five minutes late in the second period. But Eric Fehr's second goal of the night and fourth in the past two games broke the tie 1:35 into the third period. Ovechkin added a power-play goal less than three minutes later, and Mathieu Perreault hit the empty net.

"Going to Greece boys!!! Can't wait!!! See u soon!" Ovechkin said on his Twitter account afterward.

Bruins top Jets in OT on Eriksson's goal

Friday, 09.27.2013 / 1:06 AM / Roundup

Loui Eriksson looks like he's fitting in just fine with his new team.

Eriksson scored 1:46 into overtime Thursday night to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 victory against the Winnipeg Jets. The veteran forward, the key piece the Bruins received in the trade that sent Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars, lifted a pass by rookie Ryan Spooner on a 2-on-1 break over Ondrej Pavelec for the win.

Spooner had tied the game at 6:22 of the third period after Winnipeg had taken a 2-1 lead on a goal by rookie Mark Scheifele at 4:21.

Boston's Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring 3:54 into the game. Devin Setoguchi got the Jets even by beating Niklas Svedberg for a power-play goal at 17:02.

Roundup: Kunitz' pair helps Penguins rout Red Wings

Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 12:20 AM / Roundup


The Pittsburgh Penguins finished the preseason looking like a team that's tuned up and ready to hit the ice for the regular season.

The Penguins got two goals and an assist by Chris Kunitz on Wednesday night as they polished off the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 at Joe Louis Arena in their final preseason game. The next time the Penguins take the ice will be for real; they host the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 3 in their season-opener.

Jussi Jokinen, Pascal Dupuis and Craig Adams also scored, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each contributed a pair of assists and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 16 shots as the Penguins dominated play, outshooting Detroit 37-17.

"This was a complete game in a lot of our areas," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said.

Roundup: Sislo, Schneider lead Devils past Flyers

Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 1:30 AM / Roundup


Mike Sislo scored what proved to be the game-winner at 7:34 of the third period and Cory Schneider made 22 saves in the New Jersey Devils' 2-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night.

Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky opened the scoring at 6:37 of the first period, dancing around Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson and evading goalie Ray Emery before backhanding the puck in from behind the goal line. Sislo scored a similar goal when he beat Andrej Meszaros and beat Emery low on his stick side.

The Flyers got within 2-1 when defenseman Kimmo Timonen scored on the power play at 18:29 of the third period, ending Schneider's preseason scoreless streak at 158:22.

"What do you say?" Devils coach Pete DeBoer asked. "Just solid, confident and he gives our team that feeling when he's in there."

Roundup: Bruins top Capitals on Kelly's overtime goal

Tuesday, 09.24.2013 / 1:20 AM / Roundup


Chris Kelly scored 3:39 into overtime and Zdeno Chara had two goals to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden on Monday night.

Kelly scored on a rebound of a shot from the left point by defenseman Matt Bartkowski. It was Kelly's second goal of the preseason.

The Bruins outshot the Capitals 38-14. Tuukka Rask made 12 saves for the Bruins, while Braden Holtby stopped 35 shots for Washington.

"We're going to have to make some tough decisions at the end [of training camp]," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.

Brawl breaks out in Maple Leafs' win over Sabres

Monday, 09.23.2013 / 12:15 AM / Roundup


Phil Kessel scored twice and was involved in an altercation in the third period in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 5-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at Air Canada Centre on Sunday night.

Kessel was involved with Buffalo's John Scott midway through the third period, seconds after a fight between Maple Leafs left wing Jamie Devane and Sabres right wing Corey Tropp.

Kessel backed away from Scott while twice swinging his stick at the Sabres enforcer before some of his teammates jumped in.

"I don't know. It was pretty stupid, right?" Kessel said. "He (Scott) said he was gonna jump me. I just backed up. What are you gonna do, you know? He's a big boy so if he's coming after me, what am I gonna do, right?"

That precipitated a line brawl with Maple Leafs right wing David Clarkson jumping off the bench to join the fray, and a goalie fight between Ryan Miller of the Sabres and Jonathan Bernier of the Maple Leafs. Clarkson received a 10-minute penalty for leaving the bench.

Roundup: Maple Leafs win 1-goal, 15-round shootout

Sunday, 09.22.2013 / 1:20 AM / Roundup


Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer made 38 saves then went 15-for-15 in the shootout for a 3-2 preseason win against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center.

Jay McClement, on the 30th attempt, scored the only shootout goal after he had tied the game with 4:37 left in the third period.

"At one point I think both refs were just going to call it a draw and kind of pick up the puck and go home and be old-school NHL there for a second and call it a tie," Sabres forward Steve Ott said, according to The Canadian Press. "But both performances by both goalies in the shootout was pretty spectacular to watch. I've never seen that before."

Jhonas Enroth made 32 saves for the Sabres before stopping the first 14 shootout attempts he faced. Paul Ranger, in the 10th round, tried a kick-shot to beat Enroth, which upset the goaltender at the time.

Roundup: Blackhawks top Capitals in shootout

Saturday, 09.21.2013 / 2:12 AM / Roundup

The Chicago Blackhawks let their reserves handle the scoring during regulation. When their game against the Washington Capitals got into a shootout, they brought out their star.

Jonathan Toews, one of the most successful shootout scorers in NHL history, had the only goal in the tiebreaker when the Blackhawks defeated the Capitals 5-4 Friday night at Verizon Center.

Toews, 27 for 55 in shootouts during the regular season, beat Washington rookie goalie David Leggio in the opening round of the tiebreaker. It was Toews' first preseason game after missing three with a lower-body injury.

Chicago rookie goalie Antti Raanta denied all three Washington attempts, ending the game by stopping Nicklas Backstrom's wrist shot.

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