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Brodeur tunes up by blanking Flyers

by Brian Hunter
If Martin Brodeur can duplicate Saturday night's feat the next time his New Jersey Devils play the Philadelphia Flyers, the NHL's winningest all-time goalie will edge closer to owning another record.

Brodeur stopped all 21 shots he faced and made a Dainius Zubrus goal in the first period stand up as the Devils blanked the Flyers 1-0 at the Prudential Center.

"Marty was very solid, very good tonight," Devils coach Jacques Lemaire said. "That is the goaltender I know."

It was a little payback after Philadelphia claimed a 2-1 overtime win over Brodeur and New Jersey on Thursday. The Atlantic Division rivals meet six times in the regular season, including the Devils' regular season opener next Saturday.

Brodeur is expected to play in his 1,000th NHL game that night, and he opens the season just three shutouts behind Terry Sawchuk's all-time mark. He denied the Flyers during a 5-on-3 advantage in the first period and made a glove save on Blair Betts' blast from the left circle with 6:06 left in the second.

Zubrus scored from the top of the slot just 100 seconds into the game off assists from Brian Rolston and Colin White. His shot beat Flyers starting goalie Brian Boucher, who was lifted due to a lower-body injury after facing three shots in 12 minutes.

"We had our ups and downs in the first and second periods, but we were able to finish them off in the end," Zubrus said.

Ray Emery, who was strong in Thursday's win, relieved Boucher and turned aside all 25 shots he faced.

"They don't seem to think it's too bad," Flyers coach John Stevens said of Boucher's injury, adding it would be evaluated further when the team returns home. "He's just got a little bit of an issue there, so we didn't want to push it."

Maple Leafs 2, Red Wings 1

Jonas Gustavsson looked ready to go for Toronto, stopping all 15 shots he faced in relief against Detroit to complete a home-and-home sweep.

Gustavsson, who missed the beginning of training camp after minor heart surgery, started Friday's game in Detroit and had a perfect first period, stopping seven shots. Signed as a free agent during the offseason, "The Monster" played the final two periods Saturday in his Air Canada Centre debut.

"That's why we -- and particular (GM) Brian (Burke) -- pursued him so hard," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. "We thought he's the best goalie not in the NHL. He's had three periods and he's looked pretty good."

Gustavsson had the fans on their feet in the third period when he made his toughest save, sliding across the crease to deny Johan Ryno on a breakaway.

"It was awesome," said Gustavsson, the game's first star. "It was so fun to play today."

Toskala faced seven shots in the first, yielding Brad Stuart's floater from the point with 32 seconds remaining in the period.

A pair of power-play goals helped turned the tide for Toronto. First, Carl Gunnarson struck 3:59 into the second, using an Alex Ponikarovsky screen to beat Chris Osgood with a hard shot from the point. Viktor Stalberg netted the go-ahead tally at 6:44 of the third, redirecting a Tyler Bozak pass and beating Jimmy Howard for his fifth goal of the preseason.

"I think I've shown over the last couple weeks here that I'm ready to play," Stalberg said. "Hopefully, I get a chance here coming Thursday."

Osgood stopped 16 shots and Howard nine for Detroit.

Canadiens 3, Sabres 2

Gregory Stewart beat Ryan Miller with a shot to the top left corner early in the third at Bell Centre to complete Montreal's comeback from an early two-goal deficit.

Clarke MacArthur and Nathan Gerbe scored in the first for Buffalo but were answered in the second by Brian Gionta and Maxim Lapierre.

Stewart's goal at 5:36 of the third made a winner of Carey Price, who recovered from giving up a couple early to stop 29 shots.

"It gave me a bit of confidence, so hopefully I can keep rolling," Stewart said. "It was dumped in, I went in on the forecheck, it bounced to Metro and to Gomer and I just tried to get it up."

MacArthur beat Price on a breakaway just 55 seconds into the game. Gerbe increased the Sabres' lead to 2-0 at 10:30 when he drove the net and scored on a backhander.

Gionta began the Canadiens' rally with a power-play goal, beating Miller with 7:28 left in the middle period. Gionta scored his fourth goal in as many games from the slot just six seconds after a bench minor to the Sabres for too many men on the ice.

Lapierre was fresh out of the penalty box when he tied the score with 22.4 seconds before the intermission. He drove a slap shot between Miller's pads as a delayed penalty was being signaled on Buffalo.

"I think we're ready," checking center Glen Metropolit said of the upcoming start of the regular season. "The chemistry's evolving a bit."

Blue Jackets 4, Bruins 2

Raffi Torres scored the tying goal and set up Nikita Filatov for the go-ahead tally as Columbus rallied for three in the third period at Boston's TD Banknorth Garden.

Derek Dorsett added some insurance with a late power-play goal for the Blue Jackets, who received 22 saves from Mathieu Garon.

Matthew Calvert opened the scoring for Columbus at 2:42 of the first when he picked up his own rebound after Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made a pad save on his initial shot, and beat him through the legs.

Garon attempted to clear a puck up the boards later in the period, but Milan Lucic intercepted and fed Vladimir Sobotka in the high slot for a one-timer that tied the score at the 7:03 mark.

A power-play blast by Zdeno Chara at 5:56 was the only goal of the second period and gave Boston a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes, but it wouldn't last.

Torres scored to even things up 6:43 into the third; then, at 12:35, he fed Filatov, who got ahead of the Bruins defense skating down the center of the ice and slipped the puck by Rask for a 3-2 lead. Dorsett converted the rebound of a Grant Clitsome point shot with 2:22 remaining to cap the scoring.

Kings 5, Avalanche 3

Playing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Anze Kopitar had a winning hand when he scored on a tiebreaking penalty shot with 6:35 to play in the third period to lift Los Angeles past Colorado.

The go-ahead goal came as the result of a controversial decision by the referees to penalize the Avalanche after the puck was covered in front of Craig Anderson's crease. Kopitar breezed in on the penalty shot and put the puck between Anderson's pads for his second goal of the night.

"I just tried to stay calm," Kopitar said. "I kind of envisioned in my head what I was going to do. I just got in there and fortunately it worked out for me."

Wayne Simmonds added an empty-net goal in the final second of play. Also scoring for the Kings were Alexander Frolov and Drew Doughty.

Darcy Tucker tallied twice for the Avalanche and Wojtek Wolski had their other score.

"It's a preseason game that's got the feel of a regular season game," Kopitar said. "It's a sellout crowd and just a great atmosphere. I think all the fans get pumped for this game and luckily we gave them a good show."

Coyotes 2, Sharks 0

Ilya Bryzgalov and his teammates gave the fans in Phoenix something to celebrate by not only winning Dave Tippett's debut behind the bench, but shutting out last season's President's Trophy winners at Arena.

"Our attention to detail I thought was pretty good," Tippett said. "There’s still lots of work to be done, but I thought we did some good things in defending."

Martin Hanzal broke a scoreless deadlock just 15 seconds into the third period and Matthew Lombardi provided Bryzgalov with a little insurance by lighting the lamp on a power play at the 7:27 mark.

Bryzgalov was flawless, stopping all 27 shots the Sharks put his way. His counterpart, Thomas Greiss, made 29 saves.

"We played very hard everywhere, neutral zone, offensive zone, defensive zone," Bryzgalov said. "I think we outplayed them and I think we deserve this win because I think that we played great."

Tippett, who previously coached in Dallas, was named Coyotes coach Thursday after Wayne Gretzky stepped down. Between Gretzky's departure and ongoing speculation about the future of the team in Phoenix, fan morale has been tested of late, but there was a lot to like Saturday.

Hanzal took a Petr Prucha pass and deflected a shot over the shoulder of Greiss shortly after the opening faceoff in the third. Lombardi's goal came off a Scottie Upshall feed, with Lombardi sliding the puck past the goalie's outstretched right skate.

"We were slow to loose pucks, didn't win any of those races, and as a result we were sloppy not only in our own zone but coming through the neutral zone," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said.

Canucks 2, Flames 1 (SO)

Vancouver can only hope its preseason success carries over into Thursday, when the games begin to count.

Mason Raymond scored in the fifth round of the shootout and Roberto Luongo was flawless in the penalty-shot tiebreaker as the Canucks edged the Flames at Pengrowth Saddledome, improving to 7-0-1 with one exhibition remaining Sunday at Edmonton.

After Miikka Kiprusoff turned aside the first four Vancouver shooters, Raymond used a stop-and-start move to get the goaltender out of position before sliding the puck into the net. Luongo's ensuing save on Anton Stralman secured the victory.

"It was a gutsy effort," Luongo said. "We all saw the line-up they had and we had a lot of veterans sitting out tonight. It's not an easy thing to do to come into this building and play toe-to-toe with those guys and get a big win."

David Moss opened the scoring 7:31 into the second for the Flames before Mikael Samuelsson evened things up with 4:53 left in the period.

Luongo finished overtime with 24 saves, while Kiprusoff stopped 35 pucks heading into the shootout.

"I really liked our first and third period. I didn't like the second. We stood around a lot and let them take the play to us. We spent too much time in our own end and you end up relying on one guy, your goalie, too much," Flames coach Brent Sutter said.

Hurricanes 5, Predators 2

Eric Staal scored a goal and set up another, and defensemen Tim Gleason and Joe Corvo each contributed a pair of assists as Carolina won on the road at Sommet Center.

Jussi Jokinen, Ray Whitney, Scott Walker and Tim Conboy scored the other goals for the Hurricanes, with backup goalie Michael Leighton making 21 saves.

J.P. Dumont and Patric Hornqvist tallied for Nashville, which trailed just 3-2 entering the final minute of the game. Walker extended the lead by beating Pekka Rinne with 35 seconds remaining, then Conboy put the puck into an empty net with two seconds left.

Blues 5, Stars 0

Chris Mason earned the shutout with a 29-save performance, while Brad Winchester, Derek Armstrong and David Backes scored power-play goals for St. Louis.

Erik Johnson and Alex Steen also tallied as the Blues scored five times on only 19 shots against Stars goalie Marty Turco.

St. Louis quieted the crowd at American Airlines Center early, as Winchester converted Andy McDonald's centering pass for a power-play goal at 9:01 of the first and Armstrong made good on another man advantage 5:10 later.

Johnson, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, kept his strong preseason going with a rebound goal 6:02 into the second. Steen made it 4-0 after two periods and Backes' power-play goal in the third closed out the scoring.

Material from wire services and team online media was used in this report.

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