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Sept. 18: NHL Preseason Roundup

Rangers defeat Islanders in OT; Hischier scores in debut for Devils @NHLdotcom

Pionk's spin and game-winner

NYI@NYR: Pionk's slick spin leads to overtime winner

Neal Pionk spins around a defender to move in on Eamon McAdam before firing a wrist shot glove side to win it in overtime for the Rangers

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Neal Pionk scored 2:31 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 1-0 win against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Pionk, a defenseman, worked his way around Islanders forward Brock Nelson and beat goaltender Eamon McAdam from the left circle for the only goal of the game.


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Rangers goalie Ondrej Pavelec played the first two periods and made 10 saves. Brandon Halverson made seven saves.

The Rangers outshot the Islanders 18-7 in the third period and 42-17 overall. 

Jaroslav Halak started in goal for the Islanders and made 22 saves through two periods. McAdam stopped 19 of 20 shots.

It was the Rangers' preseason opener. The Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in overtime Sunday in their first game.


Devils 4, Capitals 1

Nico Hischier scored in his first NHL game to help the New Jersey Devils past the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center.

Hischier, the No. 1 pick at the 2017 NHL Draft, beat goalie Vitek Vanecek at 15:46 of the third period.

It was the first preseason game for each team.

Mirco Mueller, Stefan Noesen and Kyle Palmieri scored in the second period for New Jersey. Keith Kinkaid started and allowed one goal on 16 shots. He was relieved midway through the game by Scott Wedgewood, who made 14 saves.

Nathan Walker scored for the Capitals 4:26 into the first period. Braden Holtby allowed one goal on 19 shots; Vanecek, who entered midway through the second period, made 14 saves.

Video: WSH@NJD: Hischier nets beautiful backhand goal


Hurricanes 3, Sabres 2 (OT)

Derek Ryan scored his second goal of the game 2:19 into overtime to lift the Carolina Hurricanes past the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center.

It was the first preseason game for each team. 

Josh Jooris scored for Carolina. Alex Nedeljkovic made 14 saves on 14 shots for the Hurricanes after relieving starter Jeremy Smith, who allowed two goals on 21 shots in 39:57. 

Seth Griffith and Jake McCabe each had a goal for Buffalo. Robin Lehner started for the Sabres and allowed two goals on 16 shots in 39:47. Linus Ullmark, who made 11 saves, allowed the overtime goal to Ryan.


Bruins 3, Canadiens 2

Jesse Gabrielle, Anders Bjork and Tim Schaller scored less than four minutes apart to help the Boston Bruins defeat the Montreal Canadiens at Videotron Centre in Quebec City.

It was the first preseason game for each team.

Brendan Gallagher scored 50 seconds into the second period, and Jeremy Gregoire scored at 2:18 to give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead. 

But Gabrielle made it 2-1 at 6:53 before Bjork's power-play goal tied it 2-2 at 9:26. Schaller scored shorthanded at 10:48 to give the Bruins the 3-2 lead. 

Bruins goalie Malcolm Subban allowed two goals on 14 shots. Zane McIntyre made saves on all 11 shots he faced.

Al Montoya made 15 saves for the Canadiens; Zachary Fucale allowed one goal on 13 shots.


Senators 6, Maple Leafs 2

Mike Hoffman scored twice in the first period for the Ottawa Senators against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the preseason opener for each team at Canadian Tire Centre.

Hoffman's goals, which came 2:43 apart, gave the Senators a 3-0 lead at 7:08. Tyler Randell made it 1-0 2:20 into the game, and Mark Stone, Gabriel Gagne and Cody Ceci scored for Ottawa. Craig Anderson made 15 saves on 16 shots before being relieved midway through the second period by Daniel Taylor, who had 14 saves. 

Auston Matthews and William Nylander each scored a power-play goal for the Maple Leafs. Curtis McElhinney allowed four goals on 12 shots; backup Garret Sparks made 12 saves on 14 shots.

Video: TOR@OTT: Hoffman pots backhand for his second goal


Wild 3, Jets 2 (SO)

Ryan Malone scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild past the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place.

It was the first preseason game for each team.

Charlie Coyle and Zack Mitchell scored, and Niklas Svedberg stopped all 17 shots he faced through two periods for the Wild. Steve Michalek made 13 saves in the third period, six in overtime and three straight in the shootout.

Mathieu Perreault and Patrik Laine scored for the Jets. Connor Hellebuyck played the entire game and made 34 saves.

Video: MIN@WPG: Laine nets PPG on scorching slapper


Oilers 5, Flames 2

Patrick Maroon had a goal and two assists, and Mark Letestu scored twice to help the Edmonton Oilers past the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Strome scored for the Oilers. Cam Talbot made saves on all 11 shots he faced; Edward Pasquale had 12 saves.

Matt Bartkowski and Hunter Shinkaruk scored for the Flames late in the third period. Eddie Lack allowed three goals on 23 shots; David Rittich made seven saves.


Oilers 5, Flames 4

Drake Caggiula scored two goals, and Kailer Yamamoto had a goal and an assist to lift Edmonton past Calgary at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Yohann Auvitu and Jujhar Khaira scored for the Oilers. Laurent Brossoit started and made 12 saves. Nick Ellis allowed three goals on 20 shots.

Sean Monahan, Dougie Hamilton, TJ Brodie and Mark Jankowski scored for the Flames. Mike Smith allowed four goals on 13 shots. Jon Gillies made eight saves.

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