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Sept. 29: NHL Preseason Roundup

Fleury makes 38 saves for Golden Knights; Nylander scores tiebreaking goal for Blackhawks in Berlin; Blues-Blue Jackets cancelled

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The Vegas Golden Knights ended their preseason schedule with a 5-1 win against the San Jose Sharks at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

Reilly Smith, Jonathan Marchessault and Jimmy Schuldt each had a goal and an assist for Vegas, which went 5-2-0 in the preseason. Marc-Andre Fleury made 38 saves.

Danil Yurtaykin scored for San Jose, which went 1-5-0 in the preseason. Martin Jones allowed four goals on 21 shots. He was replaced at the start of the third period by Aaron Dell, who made seven saves.

The teams open the regular season against each other in Vegas on Wednesday (10:30 p.m., NBCSN, TVAS).

 

Nylander, Blackhawks top Eisbaren Berlin

Alexander Nylander scored the tiebreaking goal for the Chicago Blackhawks in a 3-1 win against Eisbaren Berlin in the 2019 NHL Global Series Challenge at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin.

The forward scored at 10:12 of the third period after Chicago defenseman Erik Gustafsson whiffed on an attempt.

Jonathan Toews and David Kampf scored for the Blackhawks. Toews took a no-look pass from Patrick Kane from behind the net for a 1-0 lead 19:07 into the first period. Eisbaren forward Sean Backman was alone in front of the net and beat Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner and tie the game 1-1 14:38 into the second. Kampf scored into an empty net at 18:40.

The Blackhawks open the regular season against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2019 NHL Global Series at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic on Friday (2 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN360, NBCSP, NBCSCH).

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Video: Nylander, Blackhawks win Global Series Challenge

 

Oshie, Vrana score two goals each for Capitals

T.J. Oshie and Jakub Vrana each scored two goals to help the Washington Capitals defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 at PNC Arena.

Oshie tied the game 1-1 when he scored his first of the preseason at 7:59 of the first period, then made it 3-1 with a power-play goal at 7:24 of the second. Vrana gave Washington a 2-1 lead when he scored on the man-advantage at 11:02 of the first and made it 4-2 at 4:57 of the third.

Braden Holtby made 28 saves for Washington, which finished 5-1-0 in the preseason. The Capitals begin the regular season at the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN).

Sebastian Aho scored two goals, Nino Niederreiter scored one and Petr Mrazek made 19 saves for Carolina, which ended the preseason 2-3-1. The Hurricanes open the regular season when they host the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV).

Video: Oshie, Vrana lead Capitals past Hurricanes

 

Blue Jackets-Blues game cancelled

The game between the St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets, scheduled to be played at Nationwide Arena, was cancelled because mechanical problems with the Blues' chartered plane kept them from traveling to Columbus. It will not be rescheduled.

The Blues finished the preseason 4-3-0 and begin defense of the first Stanley Cup championship in their 51-season history when they host the Capitals in their season opener Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN). The Blue Jackets, who were 2-3-1, begin the regular season against the Toronto Maple Leafs at home on Friday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, TSN4, NHL.TV).

 

Morrissey's OT goal lifts Jets over Wild

Josh Morrissey scored 1:09 into overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a 5-4 victory against the Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center.

Morrissey's second goal of the preseason gave the Jets the win after the Wild tied the game 4-4 with 1:30 remaining in the third period on a 6-on-4 power-play goal by Mats Zuccarello with goalie Devan Dubnyk on the bench for an extra skater. Mason Appleton had given the Jets a 4-3 lead when he scored at 1:38 of the third.

Mathieu Perreault, Adam Lowry (shorthanded) and Jack Roslovic (power play) scored, Connor Hellebuyck allowed three goals on 19 shots in two periods and Laurent Brossoit made 15 saves on 16 shots in the third and overtime for Winnipeg, which finished the preseason 3-3-1.

The Jets, who were without recently re-signed restricted free agent forwards Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor, open the regular season against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, TSN3, NHL.TV).

Jets forward Bryan Little left the game with an upper-body injury following a hit by Wild forward Luke Kunin at 4:28 of the first period.

Mikko Koivu, Matt Dumba and Kevin Fiala scored, and Dubnyk made 24 saves for Minnesota. The Wild ended the preseason 2-1-3 and open the regular season at the Nashville Predators on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN).

Video: Morrissey nets OT winner to lead Jets past Wild

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