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Sept. 16: NHL Preseason Roundup

Oilers shut out Jets; Hughes scores twice, including OT, for Devils in debut vs. Bruins

by @NHLdotcom

Stuart Skinner and Dylan Wells combined for a shutout in the Edmonton Oilers' 2-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Rogers Place on Monday.

It was the first preseason game for each team.

Skinner, a third-round pick (No. 78) in the 2017 NHL Draft, started for the Oilers and made 18 saves in 33:36. Wells made seven saves in relief.

James Neal and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for Edmonton. Oscar Klefbom and Joel Persson each had two assists.

Eric Comrie made 32 saves for Winnipeg.

Video: WPG@EDM: Neal knocks puck in off Poolman


Hughes scores twice to lift Devils over Bruins

Jack Hughes scored his second goal of the night 41 seconds into overtime in his preseason debut to give the New Jersey Devils a 4-3 win against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center.

Hughes, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, scored a power-play goal at 12:06 of the second period to tie the game 1-1. Jesper Bratt and Connor Carrick scored for New Jersey, which had a split squad lose 4-2 on the road to the Montreal Canadiens in its first preseason action.

Oskar Steen, Chris Wagner and Jack Studnicka scored for Boston, which played its first preseason game.

Cory Schneider made 17 saves on 18 shots for the Devils before being relieved by Gilles Senn, who allowed two goals on 15 shots. Starter Kyle Keyser made the save on all 17 shots he faced for the Bruins, and Dan Vladar allowed four goals on 13 shots.

Video: GOAL VS. BOS | Hughes Scores First


Czarnik scores twice, Flames top Canucks

Austin Czarnik scored two goals in the Calgary Flames' 4-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, British Columbia.

It was the second of two split-squad games between the teams.

Dillon Dube and Rasmus Andersson scored for Calgary, which nearly blew a 4-0 lead. Artyom Zagidulin saved all 15 shots he faced before being replaced by Tyler Parsons midway through the second period.

Loui Eriksson, Josh Teves and Bo Horvat all scored in the third period for Vancouver. Michael Dipietro allowed three goals on 27 shots through the second period. Zane McIntyre played the third.

Video: CGY@VAN: Czarnik pads lead with his second goal


Virtanen, Canucks rally for OT win against Flames

Jake Virtanen scored his second goal of the game 1:32 into overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Mitch Eliot scored, and Richard Bachman made 36 saves for the Canucks, who trailed 2-0 entering the third period.

Johnny Gaudreau and Michael Frolik scored for the Flames.

David Rittich made four saves for the Flames playing the first 32:43. Cam Talbot allowed three goals on nine shots in relief.


Husso, Wilcox combine for 21 saves, Blues shut out Stars

Ville Husso and Adam Wilcox combined to make 21 saves for the St. Louis Blues in a 2-0 win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

It was the first preseason game for each team.

Husso started and made 13 saves, and Wilcox made eight in relief.

Klim Kostin and Robert Bortuzzo scored in the second period for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

In his Stars debut, forward Joe Pavelski had three shots on goal, two blocked shots and a minus-1 rating in 17:11. He won 10 of 17 face-offs.

Ben Bishop made 16 saves on 17 shots and was replaced by Anton Khudobin, who made 15 saves on 16 shots.


Saros, Haider combine for 27 saves, Predators shut out Panthers

Juuse Saros and Ethan Haider combined to make 27 saves, and the Nashville Predators defeated the Florida Panthers 1-0 in the second game of a split-squad doubleheader at Bridgestone Arena.

Saros made 16 saves before being replaced by Haider, who made 11.

Laurent Dauphin scored at 3:14 of the first period.

Sam Montembeault made 18 saves on 19 shots for the Panthers, and Ryan Bednard made saves on all eight shots he faced in relief.

Nashville was 0-for-6 on the power play. Florida went 0-for-4.


Cousins has two points for Canadiens in win against Devils

Nick Cousins had a goal and an assist for the Montreal Canadiens in a 4-2 win against the New Jersey Devils at Bell Centre.

Artturi Lehkonen, Nate Thompson and Jake Evans (shorthanded) scored for Montreal, which played its first preseason game. Starter Carey Price made eight saves on nine shots for the Canadiens, and rookie Cayden Primeau made 16 saves in relief.

Will Butcher (power play) and Michael McLeod scored for the Devils. Starter Mackenzie Blackwood allowed two goals on 13 shots, and Evan Cormier made 11 saves on 12 shots in relief.

Cousins, who signed with Montreal as a free agent July 5, scored into an empty net with 54 seconds left for the 4-2 final.

Video: NJD@MTL: Lehkonen deflects in Weber's point shot


Eichel wins it for Sabres with OT goal against Penguins

Jack Eichel scored with eight seconds left in overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 5-4 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pennsylvania.

It was the first preseason game for each team.

Eichel, who had an assist, scored on a breakaway after receiving a pass from Conor Sheary inside the red line.

Sheary had a goal and two assists, John Gilmour had a goal and an assist, and Rasmus Dahlin had two assists for the Sabres. Henri Jokiharju scored at 4-on-4 in his Buffalo debut, and Tage Thompson gave the Sabres a 4-1 lead on a power-play goal with 4:02 left in the second period.

The Penguins tied it 4-4 with three straight goals in a span of 7:55 in the third period, from Sam Lafferty, Adam Johnson and Ryan Haggerty. Andrew Agozzino gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead at 4:34 of the first.

Carter Hutton allowed one goal on three shots for the Sabres and was replaced by Jonas Johansson, who allowed three goals on 15 shots.

Casey DeSmith made 23 saves on 25 shots for the Penguins before being relieved by Tristan Jarry, who made 19 saves.


Wilson wins it for Capitals with OT goal against Blackhawks

Tom Wilson scored 2:35 into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at Capital One Arena.

It was the first preseason game for each team.

Aliaksei Protas had a goal and two assists, Damien Riat scored, and Pheonix Copley made 27 saves for the Capitals. Connor McMichael, selected by Washington in the first round (No. 25) of the 2019 NHL Draft, had an assist on Riat's goal.

Aleksi Saarela scored, and Alexander Nylander and Adam Boqvist each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks. Collin Delia made 25 saves for Chicago.

Video: CHI@WSH: Wilson goes coast-to-coast for OT winner


Sbisa scores go-ahead goal for Islanders in win against Flyers

Luca Sbisa broke a tie at 2:24 of the third period in the New York Islanders' 3-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

Thomas Hickey scored 2:03 into the first period for New York, and Erik Brown had an empty-net goal in the third. Semyon Varlamov started for the Islanders and saved 10 of 11 shots; he was replaced by Christopher Gibson midway through the second period. Gibson made 14 saves.

James van Riemsdyk scored, and Kevin Hayes had an assist for Philadelphia. Brian Elliott started for the Flyers and allowed one goal on 11 shots before being relieved by Alex Lyon during the second period. Lyon made five saves.

It was the preseason opener for each team; they will play again at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, NBCSP+, NHL.TV).

Video: NYI@PHI: Sbisa cranks home heavy slap shot


Bonino scores twice for Predators in win against Panthers

Nick Bonino scored two goals and had an assist for the Nashville Predators in a 6-3 win against the Florida Panthers in the first game of a split-squad doubleheader at Bridgestone Arena.

It was the first preseason game for each team.

Tanner Jeannot scored the first of five straight goals for the Predators after the Panthers took a 3-1 lead on Jayce Hawryluk's goal at 2:05 of the second period. Austin Watson, Philip Tomasino and Rem Pitlick scored for Nashville. Brett Connolly had a goal and an assist in his preseason debut with Florida, and Colton Sceviour scored.

Troy Grosenick allowed three goals on 12 shots for the Predators before being relieved by Connor Ingram, who made 11 saves. Starter Chris Driedger made 15 saves on 17 shots for the Panthers, and Philippe Desrosiers allowed three goals on 11 shots.

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