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Tuesday's NHL Pre-season Capsules

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Evander Kane scored for Winnipeg, but Maksim Mayorov had a goal and an assist to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Jets 5-1 in the split-squad pre-season opener for both clubs Tuesday night.

Kane flicked home a backhand at 6:21 of the second period for Winnipeg's first goal since 1996, the year the NHL left town for Phoenix. The Atlanta Thrashers were purchased by True North Entertainment and Sports this off-season and moved to Winnipeg.

Nick Holden scored in the first period, and Boone Jenner, Mayorov, Antoine Vermette and Samuel Pahlsson added second-period goals for the Blue Jackets.

The Jets' John Albert nearly had the game's first goal, but it was waived off due to a goalie interference call on Carl Klingberg.

The other half of the split squads played in Winnipeg on Tuesday night.

BALTIMORE (AP) ? Chris Mueller had a goal and an assist to power Nashville to the victory in the first hockey game in Baltimore since 1997.

Niclas Bergfors had a pair of assists for the Predators (2-1), who were playing their third game in two days after facing Florida in a doubleheader.

It was the first of seven pre-season games for Washington (0-1). The Capitals used several of their stars, including Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who went the distance.

Pekka Rinne started in goal for Nashville before being replaced by Jeremy Smith around the halfway point of the second period.

TORONTO (AP) ??? Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves to lead Philadelphia Flyers to the exhibition victory.

The Flyers scored three times in the second period, with forwards Zac Rinaldo, Wayne Simmonds and Mike Testwuide beating Leafs goalie James Reimer in an 11-minute span.

Sean Couturier scored in the third period, and Flyers defenceman Matt Carle had a pair of assists.

The pre-season matchup featured two pairs of brothers going to head to head, with established NHLers Luke Schenn and Phil Kessel suiting up for Toronto against Philadelphia prospects Brayden Schenn and Blake Kessel.

MONTREAL (AP) ??? Brenden Morrow, Adam Pardy and Michael Ryder scored first-period goals to send Dallas past Montreal in the pre-season opener for both teams.

Krys Barch put Dallas up 4-0 when he beat Carey Price 4:04 into the second. Mike Ribeiro scored the Stars' second power-play goal on Nathan Lawson at 16:24, ending a run of three straight Montreal scores. Matt Fraser scored late in the third.

Dallas' Tyler Beskorowany stopped the six shots he faced after replacing Andrew Raycroft 10:14 into the second.

Erik Cole got his first Canadiens goal, Andrei Kostitsyn scored with the man-advantage and former Dallas defenceman Jeff Woywitka beat Raycroft before both teams changed goalies midway through the second.

ST. LOUIS (AP) ??? Evgeny Grachev scored two goals and St. Louis topped Tampa Bay in the pre-season opener for both teams.

Matt D'Agostini also scored for St. Louis, and Brian Elliott made 21 saves in his Blues debut after signing as a free agent on July 1. Jamie Langenbrunner and David Backes each had two assists.

Steve Downie had a power-play goal for the Lightning, and Mathieu Garon and Jaroslav Janus split the game in goal for Tampa Bay.

D'Agostini snapped a shot past Janus with 3:07 remaining in the second, giving the Blues a 2-1 lead.

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