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Lidstrom, Carle hurt in Montreal shootout win

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Happiness over Marian Hossa’s debut with the Red Wings in Detroit gave way to concern as defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom was struck in the face with the puck off a shot by a Canadiens player and helped off the ice in Montreal’s 3-2 shootout victory.

With the Red Wings leading 2-1 with 16:55 left in the third period at Joe Louis Arena, Lidstrom was struck by a puck fired from the point. He was helped to the Wings’ dressing room.

In the first period, Canadiens defenseman Mathieu Carle was taken off the ice on a stretcher after a collision with Red Wings forward Tomas Kopecky. Carle was transported by ambulance to Detroit Receiving Hospital for observation.

Hossa, signed as a free agent by the Wings this summer, was one of four Detroit players stopped in the shootout by goalie Cedric Desjardins. Red Wings goalie surrendered a goal to Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov to give the Canadiens the win and a 2-1 preseason record.

Penguins 3, Maple Leafs 2
The Pittsburgh Penguins excelled on special teams Wednesday night, scoring two power-play goals and a shorthanded goal in a 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs at Mellon Arena.

Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and added an assist for the Pens, who scratched Sidney Crosby as a precautionary move because of a sore groin.

Petr Sykora and Ruslan Fedotenko scored the other goals for the Penguins, who rested many of their veterans.

For the Maple Leafs, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Mikhail Grabovski scored third-period goals to move Toronto within a goal.

The two teams will play again Friday night in Toronto. That will be the final preseason game for the Penguins (2-0-1) in North America before they head to Europe to open the season Oct. 4 against Ottawa.

Capitals 4, Hurricanes 1
Tomas Fleischmann gave the Washington Capitals something to think about as he scored two goals to lift the Caps past the Hurricanes at the RBC Center in a 4-1 win.

Washington also got goals from Matt Bradley and Mathieu Perreault, while Viktor Kozlov had two assists.

Among the key players sitting this one out were Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom for the Caps and Eric Staal, Rod Brind’Amour and Ray Whitney for the Hurricanes.

Carolina’s lone goal came from defenseman Joni Pitkanen, who came over in a summer trade with the Edmonton Oilers.

Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason left in the second with what the team called a leg injury and didn't return.

Devils 3, Rangers 2
Zach Parise scored twice as the New Jersey Devils edged the New York Rangers at Prudential Center.

Jamie Langenbrunner scored the other New Jersey goal. Brian Fahey and Aaron Voros scored for the Rangers.

The win was the first of the preseason for New Jersey, which opened the exhibition slate with a 4-1 loss in Philadelphia Monday.

Langenbrunner gave the Devils a 1-0 lead during a 5-on-3 power play less than 5 minutes into the game. The Devils’ captain took a pass above the right circle from defenseman Paul Martin and ripped a slap shot past Henrik Lundqvist at 4:54 to open the scoring.

Both Lundqvist and New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur played roughly half the game, leaving with 9:09 left in the second period. Lundqvist finished with 13 saves, and Brodeur stopped 14 of 15 shots.

The game was the third-straight for the Rangers, who will travel to Europe this weekend to compete in the Victoria Cup against Russia’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk and then open the NHL regular season with two games against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Prague.

Senators 3, Flyers 1
Chris Neil netted two goals as the Ottawa Senators beat the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Place, 3-1.

Neil scored a power-play goal on Jean-Sebastien Aubin late in the first to tie the game, 1-1. He added Ottawa's third goal when he scored on Maxime Ouellet 8:07 into the third.

Jesse Winchester scored the other goal for the Senators, who are 2-1 in the preseason.

Darroll Powe scored the Flyers’ goal. Philadelphia didn’t master much of an offense, being out-shot 15-1 in the first period and 34-11 for the game.

Wild 2, Blue Jackets 1
Defenseman Kim Johnsson and forward Benoit Pouliot scored to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Niklas Backstrom made 22 saves in the Wild win and newcomer Owen Nolan picked up an assist in his Minnesota debut.

Jiri Novotny scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets.

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