The Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks gave 20,150 fans at United Center a show Thursday night.
Beau Bennett's shootout goal was the winner when the Penguins defeated the Blackhawks 4-3 in their last appearance in Chicago before the teams meet at Soldier Field on March 1 in the fourth and final game of the NHL's Coors Light Stadium Series.
Bennett scored the only goal in the tiebreaker after the Blackhawks rallied from a 3-1 deficit. Sidney Crosby's goal 4:19 into the second period put the Penguins up by two, but Ben Smith scored a shorthanded goal at 12:17 to get the Blackhawks within a goal, and Brandon Bollig beat Tomas Vokoun with 6:53 left in regulation to force the overtime.
"I thought physically they were more dominating in that area, but we got ourselves back in the game and did what we had to do," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said.
Derrick Pouliot and Joe Vitale also scored for the Penguins. Patrick Sharp had the other goal for the Blackhawks. Vokoun stopped 33 shots through overtime and denied all three Chicago shooters in the tiebreaker.
The Penguins got a scare when Crosby was struck by the stick of Chicago defenseman Adam Clendening in the final minute of overtime and dropped to the ice. Crosby got up slowly then skated to the bench on his own. He was stopped on his shootout attempt.
"It's good to see him get up, good to see him pop up and keep playing," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "It's good to see him get up after the play and just get right back to playing the way Sidney Crosby can play."
The game was Crosby's first at United Center since 2006.
"I think people thought I had the 'Chicago Flu' a bit, I hadn't played here in so long," he said. "But [it's] obviously a great building, a lot of tradition here, good team they have. It's an exciting place to play, so I'm happy I got a chance to be here. Would like to do it in regular season a little bit more."
New York Islanders 5, New Jersey Devils 3
The Islanders made the most of their 17 shots on goal, scoring four times in the first period to win at Prudential Center.
Anders Lee scored an early-power-play goal, Josh Bailey scored twice while shorthanded, and Eric Boulton beat Martin Brodeur on a breakaway as New York scored four times on eight shots in the opening period. Peter Regin added an unassisted goal in the third for the Islanders, who played without many of their regulars, including captain John Tavares.
"At the end of the day, it wasn't a good night," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "We turned the puck over, and every time we turned it over, it was in our net."
Rostislav Olesz, Marek Zidlicky and rookie defenseman Jon Merrill scored for New Jersey in a game that had 112 penalty minutes. Islanders rookie Brett Gallant and Devils forward Krys Barch fought each other three times, each getting a game misconduct.
"No team is going to take liberties on us," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said, "and I thought our guys played really hard for one another tonight."
Forward Ryane Clowe, who signed with the Devils as a free agent, left with a lower-body injury in the first period and did not return. DeBoer called it a "charley horse-type injury" and said he didn't believe it was serious.
Detroit Red Wings 8, Boston Bruins 2
The visiting Red Wings dominated rookie goaltender Malcolm Subban, Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and three assists, and Henrik Zetterberg scored twice to spoil the Bruins' first preseason game at TD Garden.
"No matter what I did, the pucks just found its way in," Subban told the Boston Globe. "Some bad bounces, but I didn't do my part tonight."
Zetterberg scored once in each of the first two periods, then had an assist as Datsyuk capped Detroit's four-goal third period. Jimmy Howard played the first two periods and stopped 14 of 15 shots.
Jarome Iginla and Nick Johnson had goals for Boston. Subban, the Bruins' first-round pick (No. 24) in the 2012 NHL Draft, went all the way and stopped 20 shots.
"We wanted him to fight through it," coach Claude Julien said. "This is a good learning thing for a goaltender, to see that this is what he's going to be facing. He's got to fight through those situations."
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Ottawa Senators 2
Mason Raymond is doing his best to turn a professional tryout agreement into a full-time job with the Maple Leafs, scoring a goal and setting up one by Nazem Kadri before Dave Bolland scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period at Canadian Tire Center.
Bolland, acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks during the summer, had his back to the net when he beat Nathan Lawson with a backhander at 10:25 of the third period to break a 2-2 tie. The Maple Leafs are 2-0-1 in their preseason games.
Ottawa's Fredrik Claesson scored the only goal of the first period. Raymond then assisted on Kadri's goal and scored one to give Toronto a 2-1 lead late in the second period, only to have Andre Petersson tie the game seven seconds before intermission.
"I thought after the halfway point that the Leafs took over the game," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "They played harder than we did and worked harder than we did in the second half of the game."
Toronto goaltender Jonathan Bernier left the game after one period with an undisclosed injury. Kadri left in the third with a hand injury.
Buffalo Sabres 5, Carolina Hurricanes 2
The Sabres got two goals by Johan Larsson and a goal and two assists from defenseman Brayden McNabb at First Niagara Center to win for the third time in as many games.
Larsson tied the game 2-2 when he deflected McNabb's left point shot past goaltender Anton Khobudin at 18:36 of the second period.
Cody Hodgson put Buffalo ahead to stay with 5:48 remaining in regulation, converting a feed from Thomas Vanek. Larsson scored again 56 seconds later, and McNabb added an insurance goal with 2:48 to play. Ryan Miller went all the way and made 34 saves.
"I liked how we refocused, especially in the third period," Sabres coach Ron Rolston said. "That's kind of a focal point for us and whether we're down a goal or tied or up a goal, we need to be able to finish games out or find a way to win games. Tonight we did that."
Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Nashville Predators 1
Tampa Bay got a pair of goals from 2010 first-round pick Brett Connolly and one from Steven Stamkos to win at Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Connolly and Ondrej Palat gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead before the game was seven minutes old. Stamkos gave the Lightning a three-goal lead before Connolly scored again at 18:41 of the second period by weaving his way through a pair of defenders and beating Carter Hutton, who allowed four goals on 17 shots in two periods.
Connolly, the sixth player taken in '10, is battling for one of the open roster spots after spending last season in the minors.
"I saw two goal-scorer's goals," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said, "and we saw a lot of that in the second half of last year [in the American Hockey League]. He's [been] doing it in camp, and been doing well."
Matt Cullen's shorthanded goal against Cedrick Desjardins 46 seconds into the third period was the Predators' only offense. Richard Panik added a late goal for the Lightning.
Minnesota Wild 4, Winnipeg Jets 1
The Wild left arguably their three best players in the Twin Cities and still beat the Jets at MTS Centre.
Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter stayed home, but Minnesota got goals by young players Mathew Dumba, Charlie Coyle and Kris Foucault before Steven Kampfer hit the empty net. Coyle snapped a 1-1 tie at 14:53 of the second period, and Foucault beat Al Montoya 16 seconds later.
Bryan Little had the goal for Winnipeg. Josh Harding stopped 16 shots through two periods before Darcy Kuemper made 12 saves in the third.
"We didn't accomplish the things we wanted to accomplish," Jets coach Claude Noel said. "We had some good performances from some players, but not enough of them. There are a lot of areas we certainly need to improve on."