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Preseason roundup: Irwin leads Bruins past Devils

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Matt Irwin scored twice on the power play and Jonas Gustavsson and Jeremy Smith combined for a shutout in the Boston Bruins' 2-0 win against the New Jersey Devils at Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.

Irwin, who had eight goals in 53 games for the San Jose Sharks last season, opened the scoring at 6:12 of the second period. He scored again in the third during a 5-on-3 man advantage.

"He's been known for that," Bruins coach Claude Julien said of Irwin. "I think last year when he scored goals, it's not about the power of his shot. I think he's really good at finding those lanes to the net, and when there's a good screen there he finds places to put the puck. That second goal was a good example of that."

Gustavsson, who is with the Bruins on a tryout basis, made 18 saves. Smith (12 saves) relieved him during the second period.

Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid got the start and made 12 saves. He was replaced midway through the game by Scott Wedgewood (eight saves).

New Jersey went 0-for-6 on the power play.

Bruins forward Seth Griffith sustained a lower-body injury and did not play in the third period.

Predators 5, Panthers 2: Filip Forsberg scored twice to help the Nashville Predators race out to a four-goal lead and Ryan Ellis had three assists in a victory against the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday.

Forsberg, who had 63 points (26 goals, 37 assists) as a rookie, scored the first goal of the NHL preseason on the power play at 13:43 of the first period. He scored another power-play goal 8:25 into the third period to give Nashville a 4-0 lead.

"We're just trying to figure out how we want to play during the season," Forsberg told the Predators website. "Obviously you can't expect to have this many goals every game during the season, but it was a great start and we've got something to build on."

Vladislav Kamanev, Roman Josi and Colton Sissons scored for the Predators. Carter Hutton made eight saves; Marek Mazanec allowed two goals on 14 shots.

Connor Brickley and Jussi Jokinen scored power-play goals for the Panthers. Mike McKenna played the first two periods for Florida and allowed three goals on 19 shots. He was relieved at the start of the third by Colin Stevens, who made eight saves.

Panthers 3, Predators 2 (OT): In the first 3-on-3 overtime, Mike Matheson scored at 2:05 to help Florida rally past Nashville in the second game of their doubleheader at Bridgestone Arena.

Aleksander Barkov and Shane Harper scored for Florida, which trailed 2-0 less than four minutes into the game. Al Montoya made 18 saves for the Panthers before being relieved by Sam Brittain, who denied all nine shots he faced.

Nashville held an early 2-0 lead after goals from Taylor Aronson and Mike Fisher. Pekka Rinne started in goal and made 11 saves; Juuse Saros allowed two goals on 14 shots.

"We had our chances," defenseman Seth Jones told the Predators website. "We had two breakaways and quality scoring chances right in the slot, so it's back-and-forth hockey. You've got to play smart. The League wants odd-man rushes, and that's what they got. It just depends on who capitalizes first."

Each team was 0-for-3 on the power play.

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