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Sept. 29: NHL Preseason Roundup

Pirri's three points power Rangers; Vesey pointless in debut @NHL

Forward Jimmy Vesey had no points and three shots on goal in 16:33 of ice time in his first NHL game when the New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-1 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

Vesey, who skated on a line with Kevin Hayes and Rick Nash, agreed to terms with the Rangers on Aug. 19, after he did not sign with the Buffalo Sabres, who acquired him in a trade with the Nashville Predators, who selected him in the third round (No. 66) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

Vesey, 23, led the Traverse City Prospects Tournament, held this month, with five goals and seven points. He also won the Hobey Baker Award as the top collegiate player in 2014-15 (32 goals, 26 assists in 37 games).

Forward Brandon Pirri scored two goals and had an assist for the Rangers, and defenseman John Gilmour had a goal and an assist. Antti Ranta made 15 saves in two periods before being replaced by Mackenzie Skapski (12 saves) in the second period.

Miles Wood scored in the second period for the Devils. Scott Wedgewood made 28 saves.

Video: NJD@NYR: Pirri beats Wedgewood with one-timer


Brandon Dubinsky scores OT winner

Forward Brandon Dubinsky scored 2:49 into overtime when the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Nashville Predators 3-2 in a preseason game at Nationwide Arena on Thursday.

Paul Bittner scored for the Blue Jackets to tie the game at 2-2 with 4:04 remaining in the third period.

Ryan Craig also scored for Columbus and Cam Atkinson had two assists. Joonas Korpisalo made 10 saves before being replaced by Curtis McElhinney in the second period (15 saves).

Defensemen Anthony Bitetto and Yannick Weber scored for the Predators.

Mike Mazanec made 14 saves for Nashville before being replaced by Juuse Saros in the second period (23 saves).


Matt Moulson gives Sabres win in shootout

Forward Matt Moulson scored in the fourth round of a shootout to give the Buffalo Sabres a 1-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Meridian Centre on Thursday.

Moulson beat Maple Leafs goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo with a wrist shot in the fourth round.

Sabres goalie Anders Nilsson made stopped four shots in the shootout and made 23 saves in regulation for the shutout.

Maple Leafs forward William Nylander played against his brother, Sabres forward Alexander Nylander, for the first time. 


Kristers Gudlevskis, Lightning shut out Panthers

Kristers Gudlevskis made 21 saves when the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Florida Panthers 2-0 in a preseason game at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

The Lightning got goals from forwards Jeremy Morin and Brayden Point.

Goalie James Reimer allowed a goal on 19 shots in two periods before he was replaced by Reto Berra, who made nine saves in the third period.

Florida went 0-for-6 on the power play.


Mike Hoffman sends Senators past Canadiens

Forward Mike Hoffman scored with 4:41 left in overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 win against the Montreal Canadiens in a preseason game at Bell Centre on Thursday.

Hoffman also scored at 7:26 of the second period to give the Senators a 3-2 lead. Forward Bobby Ryan had a goal and an assist for Ottawa.

Brendan Gallagher, Michael McCarron and Zach Redmond scored, and goalie Mike Condon made 17 saves for Montreal.

Canadiens defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, the No. 9 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, had an assist on Gallagher's power-play goal at 5:24 of the second period.

Montreal outshot Ottawa 40-21.

Video: OTT@MTL: Hoffman's one-timer goes off blocker and in


Jets score four unanswered goals in win

Forward Kyle Connor scored the game-winning goal and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-1 in a preseason game at MTS Centre on Thursday.

Connor, the No. 17 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, scored at 15:00 of the second period to give the Jets a 2-1 lead.

Forward Mathieu Perreault had a power-play goal and an assist and Chase De Leo and Josh Morrissey each had two assists. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves for Winnipeg.

Defenseman Matt Dumba scored 52 seconds into the second period and goalie Darcy Kuemper allowed four goals on 28 shots for Minnesota.

Video: MIN@WPG: Ehlers beats Kuemper with smooth wraparound

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