Michael Ryder is ready for a fresh start and the Boston Bruins are happy to have the veteran right wing.
Ryder scored his first goal of the preseason six minutes into the third period Friday night and the Bruins edged the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings 2-1 at Joe Louis Arena.
Ryder had consecutive 30-goal seasons for Montreal before dropping off to 14 last season. He signed a three-year deal with Boston in the offseason and has been reunited with Claude Julien, who coached Ryder in the past with the Canadiens, as well as in the AHL and junior hockey.
P.J. Axelsson opened the scoring in the first period and Tuukka Rask made 24 saves for the Bruins.
Derek Meech, fighting for a spot on Detroit’s crowded blue line, had a power-play goal. The Red Wings gave Henrik Zetterberg the night off and continue to play without Nicklas Lidstrom, who suffered a broken nose in Wednesday night’s action.
Blue Jackets 4, Predators 3
Former Ohio State player R.J. Umberger, back in the state after a draft-day trade to Columbus, scored his first goal of the preseason and another newcomer, Kristian Huselius, netted what turned out to be the game-winner.
Jakub Voracek, selected by the Blue Jackets with the seventh pick in the 2007 Entry Draft, added a goal and an assist. Andrew Murray tallied the other Columbus goal and Pascal Leclaire made 18 saves, going the distance in net.
Umberger, who scored 10 goals in 17 playoff games for the Philadelphia Flyers last season, scored in the first period between goals by Martin Erat and Shea Weber of the Predators.
Voracek’s power-play goal in the second tied the score and Murray put the Blue Jackets ahead to stay 39 seconds later. Huselius, a free agent from the Calgary Flames who signed a four-year deal, scored with 3:28 remaining to extend the lead before the Predators’ Geoff Peters closed out the scoring two minutes later.
Canadiens 5, Senators 0
Jaroslav Halak made a strong push for the backup job in Montreal behind Carey Price by stopping all 21 shots he faced, and the Canadiens got a goal and two assists each from Andrei Kostitsyn and Andrei Markov in their preseason debut at Bell Centre.
Halak spent most of last season playing for Hamilton of the AHL but ended up in Montreal by season’s end and got into two playoff games, starting one. He is battling free agent pick-up Marc Denis to start this season with the Canadiens.
Sergei Kostitsyn, Matt D’Agostini and Yannick Weber also scored for Montreal as the franchise began its year-long celebration of its 100th season. The video scoreboard at Bell Centre now features four HD video screens measuring 40 feet x 25 feet, the largest display size in the League. The team also introduced a new goal celebration song, “Go Habs Go!” written for the team by Montreal-based rock band Simple Plan.
Alex Auld went the entire way for the Senators, turning aside 25 shots.
Penguins 5, Maple Leafs 4
The home crowd was excited about Luke Schenn. The Penguins were just happy to have Sidney Crosby back in the lineup.
Schenn, the fifth pick in June’s draft, scored his first preseason goal to delight those in attendance at Air Canada Centre, but Pittsburgh had the last laugh on the scoreboard as Crosby returned after sitting out a game with a sore groin to record a goal and an assist.
Crosby rallied the Penguins from a 3-1 deficit by setting up Mark Eaton’s goal and then tying the score 5:36 into the third. After the Leafs went back in front on a Tomas Kaberle score, Kristopher Letang tied it again with 3:46 remaining and Matt Cooke notched the winner with 1:35 left.
Toronto jumped out to a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes, sandwiching goals by Dominic Moore and Alexei Ponikarovsky around one by Pittsburgh’s Janne Pesonen.
Blues 9, Thrashers 4
It was a standout night for the past three first-round St. Louis draft picks. David Perron (selected 26th in 2007) netted a hat trick, Patrik Berglund (25th in 2006) scored his first goal of the preseason and Alex Pietrangelo (fourth in 2008) contributed a pair of assists for his first points in a rout of Atlanta at Scottrade Center.
Brad Boyes and Lee Stempniak each tallied twice for the Blues, who also got a goal from Paul Kariya. Andy MacDonald added five assists. Manny Legace and Chris Mason split the action in net.
Brett Sterling, who broke into the League by playing 13 games with the Thrashers last season, scored twice for Atlanta. Eric Boulton and Todd White had their other scores.
Blackhawks 4, Wild 3
Cristobal Huet was a winner in his debut for the Blackhawks, making 28 saves and getting offensive support from the tandem of Patrick Sharp and Andrew Ladd, who each scored twice in rallying Chicago from a 3-0 deficit.
Huet helped lead Washington to the Southeast Division title last season after coming over from Montreal, going 11-2 down the stretch with a 1.63 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. That earned him a four-year, $22.5 million deal with Chicago, where he will battle incumbent Nikolai Khabibulin for playing time.
Huet got off to a rough start, as Stephane Veilleux, James Sheppard and Petr Kalus scored in the first period for the Wild. Ladd and Sharp scored on rebound goals in the second, then Sharp converted a cross-ice pass from Craig Adams 1:55 into the third, tying the score. Ladd added his second of the night at 6:48 as the Blackhawks improved to 2-0 in the preseason.
Flames 8, Panthers 2
David Moss scored twice and added a pair of assists for a four-point night, and Mike Cammalleri found the back of the net to start a run of six unanswered goals by Calgary in a rout of Florida at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Moss scored just four goals in 41 games last season, but he scored twice during a 5:31 span of the third period, with a Todd Bertuzzi goal coming in between. The Flames tallied five times in the final 20 minutes, with Wayne Primeau and Cory Sarich also lighting the lamp.
Curtis Glencross and Rene Bourque staked Calgary to an early 2-0 lead before Florida answered on goals by Ville Peltonen and Mike Duco. Cammalleri scored just 24 seconds after Duco as the Flames regained the lead and never relinquished it.
Sharks 5, Ducks 2
Dan Boyle introduced himself to the HP Pavilion crowd with the go-ahead goal 33 seconds into the third period, triggering a four-goal surge that led San Jose.
Boyle, who scored 20 goals two seasons ago, was acquired in a trade from Tampa Bay during the offseason. His first preseason tally as a Shark was set up by Joe Pavelski, who gave San Jose an early lead with a power-play goal. Mike Moore, Alexei Semenov and Jamie McGinn tacked on insurance goals and Evgeni Nabokov handled a relatively light workload in net, finishing with 16 saves.
Andrew Ebbett and George Parros scored for the Ducks, who received 32 saves from Jonas Hiller.