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Sept. 20: NHL Preseason Roundup

Lightning score late for first win; Hall has goal in Devils return; Oilers rally with five in row @NHLdotcom

Kucherov goes top shelf

Kucherov goes top shelf

Nikita Kucherov beats the goalie with a top shelf wrister

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Nikita Kucherov scored twice in the final 39 seconds of the third period to give the Tampa Bay Lightning their first win of the preseason, 3-1 against the Nashville Predators at Amalie Arena on Friday.

Kucherov made it 2-1 at 19:21 and scored into an empty net 23 seconds later.

Alexander Volkov scored on the power play for the Lightning to tie it 1-1 at 9:30 of the third. It was Tampa Bay's first goal of the preseason after getting shut out in their first two games. Curtis McElhinney made 31 saves. 

Calle Jarnkrok scored a first-period goal, and Juuse Saros made 29 saves for the Predators, who won their first two games.


Hall scores in Devils return, win against Rangers

Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist in his first game since December for the New Jersey Devils, a 4-2 preseason win against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center.

Hall scored on the power play from the left face-off circle to make it 2-0 at 11:55 of the first period. The forward missed the final 47 games last season because of a knee injury; he last played Dec. 23.

Jack Hughes had a goal and an assist, Blake Coleman and Michael McLeod scored, and Mackenzie Blackwood made 21 saves for the Devils. P.K. Subban had an assist in his New Jersey preseason debut.

Brett Howden had a goal and an assist, and Vladislav Namestnikov scored a second-period goal for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist allowed three goals on 24 shots in the first 30:20, and Adam Huska made 15 saves.

Video: NYR@NJD: Hall nets laser from circle for PPG


Maple Leafs shut out Sabres

Frederik Andersen and Michael Hutchinson combined for 29 saves for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 3-0 preseason win against the Buffalo Sabres at Scotiabank Arena.

Auston Matthews and Andreas Johnsson each had a goal and an assist, and Matt Read, in Toronto training camp on a professional tryout contract, scored at 9:40 of the third period to make it 3-0.

Andersen made 24 saves through the second period, and Hutchinson made five in the third.

Linus Ullmark made 21 saves on 23 shots for Buffalo through the second period, and Andrew Hammond made 10 saves in the third.

Video: BUF@TOR: Matthews finishes Nylander's setup down low


Beauvillier scores in OT for Islanders against Red Wings

Anthony Beauvillier tied the game late in the third period and scored 32 seconds into overtime to give the New York Islanders a 4-3 preseason win against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena.

After Anthony Mantha and Filip Hronek (power play) scored 4:36 apart in the third to give Detroit a 3-2 lead, Beauvillier tied it 3-3 with 1:34 remaining.

Devon Toews and Derick Brassard scored for New York. Semyon Varlamov made 15 saves on 16 shots through the second period for the Islanders, and Christopher Gibson made nine saves in relief.

Andreas Athanasiou scored for the Red Wings, and Jimmy Howard allowed four goals on 26 shots.


Perron gives Blues OT win against Jets

David Perron tied the game late in the third period and scored 1:58 into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 preseason win against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place.

After Gabriel Bourque gave the Jets a 3-2 lead at 16:59 of the third, Perron tied it 3-3 with 33 seconds remaining.

Klim Kostin had one goal and two assists, Joel Edmundson scored, and Sammy Blais had three assists for St. Louis. Jake Allen played the first two periods and allowed two goals on 20 shots. Ville Husso made 10 saves in relief.

Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and an assist, Adam Lowry scored, and Connor Hellebuyck made 15 saves for Winnipeg.

Video: STL@WPG: Perron dances to the slot, pots OT winner


Oilers score five straight in win against Flames

The Edmonton Oilers scored the last five goals in a 6-2 preseason win against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place.

Sam Gagner, Leon Draisaitl and Zach Kassian each scored his first of the preseason in the third period, after Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Joakim Nygard scored 2:10 apart in the second period.

Alex Chiasson scored, and Mikko Koskinen made 18 saves for Edmonton.

Sam Bennett and Ryan Lomberg scored in the first period, and Jon Gilles allowed five goals on 21 shots for Calgary. David Rittich saved seven of eight shots in the first 32:17.

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