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Wings pound Bruins, Larsson leads Sabres over 'Canes; more preseason

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Pavel Datsyuk was in midseason form during Detroit's 8-2 beatdown of the Bruins.

NHL Preseason recaps for Thursday, September 20, 2013:

Datsyuk, Zetterberg help Red Wings beat Bruins 8-2

BOSTON (AP) -- Pavel Datsyuk had goal and three assists, Henrik Zetterberg added a goal and two assists, and the Detroit Red Wings cruised to an 8-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

Jimmy Howard stopped 13 of the 14 shots he faced in the first two periods before he was replaced by Tom McCollum

Detroit scored four times in the third period against Bruins rookie goalie Malcolm Subban, who finished with 19 saves in Boston's first home game of the preseason.

Justin Abdelkader opened the scoring 5:01 into the game on a power play. The Red Wings scored once more in the opening period and then twice in the second to take a 4-1 lead to the second intermission.

Joakim Andersson, Danny DeKeyser, Daniel Cleary and David McIntyre also scored for Detroit.

Nick Johnson and Jarome Iginla scored for the Bruins.

Sabres beat Hurricanes 5-2 in preseason game

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Johan Larsson had two goals to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-2 preseason victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Defenseman Brayden McNabb added a goal and two assists for the Sabres, who improved to 3-0 in exhibition play.

Buffalo scored the last four goals. McNabb's left point shot was deflected by Larsson past Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin at the 18:36 mark of the second, tying it at 2, and Cody Hodgson scored off a Thomas Vanek pass to give Buffalo a 3-2 lead in the third.

Zach Boychuk and Chris Terry scored for Carolina (0-2). Radek Dvorak had two assists, and Khudobin made 24 saves.

Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller stopped 34 shots.

Bailey helps Islanders beat Devils 5-3

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Josh Bailey scored two short-handed goals in the first period, leading the New York Islanders to a 5-3 preseason victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

The Islanders got to Devils goalkeeper Martin Brodeur for four goals on just eight shots over the first 20 minutes.

Anders Lee got the Islanders going with a power-play goal just 3:32 into the game. Bailey then made a steal at the top of the circle, skated in alone and fired it past the 41-year-old Brodeur for a 2-0 lead.

Rostislav Olesz got the Devils on the board before Bailey struck again, firing a backhander past Brodeur with 1:55 left in the period. The Islanders scored again when Eric Boulton skated free out of the penalty box and took a perfect pass to push the lead to 4-1 with just 25.6 seconds remaining.

Kevin Poulin made 20 saves for New York.

Marek Zidlicky and Jon Merrill scored for New Jersey in the first part of the second period. Merrill finished with a goal and an assist.

Connolly helps Lightning beat Predators 5-1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Brett Connolly had two goals and Steven Stamkos also scored to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Nashville Predators 5-1 on Thursday night.

The Lightning jumped out to a fast start, with Connolly and Ondrej Palat scoring in the first 6:51 of the game.

Victor Hedman assisted on each goal for Connolly, who weaved through two defenders and pushed a wrist shot past goaltender Carter Hutton for his second score at 18:41 of the middle period.

Stamkos' first goal of the preseason lifted Tampa Bay to a 3-0 lead early in the second.

Matt Cullen scored the Predators' only goal in the third period against backup goaltender Cedric Desjardins.

Riku Helenius made his first start in goal for the Lightning and stopped all 15 shots he faced in a little more than 30 minutes of ice time. Hutton gave up four goals on 17 shots in 40 minutes before being replaced by Marek Mazanec.

Bennett lifts Penguins past Blackhawks in shootout

CHICAGO (AP) -- Beau Bennett scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rebounded after giving up a two-goal lead to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 Thursday night.

Sidney Crosby, Derrick Pouliot and Joe Vitale scored in regulation for Pittsburgh (1-1-1).

Chicago's Brandon Bollig shoveled in a rebound from a scrum in front of the net with 6:53 left in the third to tie it at 3 and send it to overtime. Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith both scored for the second straight game for the Blackhawks (1-1-0).

Crosby, whose career has been punctuated by games lost to concussions, was struck by the stick of Chicago's Adam Clendening in the final minute of overtime and dropped to the ice. He got up slowly, then skated to the bench on his own.

Crosby was Pittsburgh's second shooter in the shootout and missed on a backhand attempt.

The Penguins' Tomas Vokoun and the Blackhawks' Nikolai Khabibulin played the entire game. Vokoun finished with 30 saves through overtime and Khabibulin, who rejoined the Blackhawks as a free agent in the offseason, had 27.

Sharp opened the scoring on a one-timer 5:19 in. Pouliot scored a screened power-play goal midway the first and Vitale connected late in the period to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead.

Crosby made it 3-1 at 4:19 of the second, then Smith cut it to 3-2 with short-handed goal midway through the period.

Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa has an upper-body injury and will not be available until the final game of the preseason at the earliest, coach Joel Quenneville said earlier on Thursday.

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