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.
scored a goal and added an assist for the Pens, who scratched Sidney Crosby
as a precautionary move because of a sore groin.
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
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
scored twice as the New Jersey Devils
edged the New York Rangers
at Prudential Center.
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
Senators 3, Flyers 1
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.
scored the other goal for the Senators, who are 2-1 in the preseason.
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
made 22 saves in the Wild win and newcomer Owen Nolan
picked up an assist in his Minnesota debut.
scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets.