Preseason roundup: Letang's four points lead Penguins over Hurricanes

Wednesday September 23rd, 2015

(AP) — Phil Kessel scored twice in his Pittsburgh debut and Kris Letang had a goal and three assists to lead the Penguins to a 7–3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

Nine Penguins recorded at least one point in the win, including Sidney Crosby with a goal and two assists while centering a line with Kessel and Chris Kunitz. Olli Maatta had a goal and an assist and Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist and Kunitz all had two assists.

Marc-André Fleury allowed three goals on 25 shots in 40 minutes and Matthew Murray stopped all six shots he faced.

Justin Faulk, James Wisniewski and Jeff Skinner scored for Carolina.

BLUE JACKETS, BLUES SPLIT TWO GAMES

In Columbus, Ohio, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped all 24 shots he faced in nearly 40 minutes to lead a Blue Jackets split-squad to a 3–1 win over a St. Louis Blues split-squad.

Ryan Johansen, Sonny Milano and Gregory Campbell scored for the Blue Jackets. Anton Forsberg stopped 11 of the 12 shots he faced.

Dmitrij Jasken scored St. Louis’s lone goal. Starting goaltender Jake Allen made three saves in the first period, and Jordan Binnington stopped 13 shots the rest of the way.

In St. Louis, Alex Steen’s goal late in the second period led the other Blues split-squad to a 5–2 win over the Blue Jackets split-squad.

Paul Stastny, Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Pietrangelo and Spencer Asuchak also scored for St. Louis. Brian Elliott made eight saves in 20 minutes, while Phoenix Copley turned stopped 13 of the 14 shots he faced in 40 minutes.

Boone Jenner and Justin Falk scored for Columbus while Curtis McElhinney stopped 31 shots.

STEVE MASON A WALL FOR FLYERS

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In Philadelphia, Steve Mason made 29 saves to lead the Flyers to a 5–3 win over the New York Rangers.

Shayne Gostisbehere scored twice in the third period and Yevgeni Medvedev, Brayden Schenn and Sam Gagner also scored for the Flyers.

Mat Bodie scored twice for New York, and Oscar Lindberg had a goal as well.

Magnus Hellberg made nine saves on 11 shots in 28-1/2 minutes for the Rangers, and Antti Raanta stopped 14 of the 17 shots he faced.

Following the end of regulation, the teams played a scoreless 3-on-3 overtime session.

BRUINS' PASTRNAK DOUBLES UP CAPS

In Boston, David Pastrnak scored twice, including the game-winner in overtime as the Bruins beat the Washington Capitals 2–1.

Malcolm Subban, brother of Montreal defensemen P.K. Subban, made 17 saves in nearly 30 minutes. Zane McIntyre only allowed Nate Schmidt’s goal while facing 10 shots.

Washington starter Justin Peters stopped all 15 shots he faced, while reserve Philipp Grubauer surrendered both of Pastrnak's goals on 17 shots he faced.

BJUGSTAD LIFTS PANTHERS OVER STARS

In Sunrise, Florida, Nick Bjugstad’s power play goal midway through the third period was the difference in the Florida Panthers’ 3–2 win over the Dallas Stars.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice for Florida and Roberto Luongo stopped all 15 shots he faced in the first two periods. Mike McKenna allowed two goals on nine shots in the third.

Jason Demers and Tyler Seguin scored for Dallas, and Jack Campbell stopped 32 shots.

GARDINER GOAL GIVES MAPLE LEAFS WIN OVER CANADIENS

In Montreal, Jake Gardiner had a goal and an assist to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2–1 overtime win over the Canadiens.

William Nylander also scored for the Maple Leafs. Antoine Bibeau made 13 saves in about 30 minutes. Garret Sparks stopped all seven shots he faced in his 30 minutes.

Michael McCarron scored Montreal’s lone goal. Carey Price stopped all 11 shots he faced in his 30 minutes before Zachary Fucale allowed two goals on 16 shots.

BACKSTROM BLANKS JETS

In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Niklas Backstrom made 28 saves to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 1–0 overtime win over the Jets.

Matt Dumba scored the game’s lone goal 4:12 into overtime with a wrist shot that beat Winnipeg reserve goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who had stopped the first six shots he faced. Starter Ondrej Pavelec stopped all 19 shots he faced in the first two periods.

PREDATORS BEAT LIGHTNING ON EKHOLM’S OT WINNER

In Tampa, Florida, Mattias Ekholm’s goal 3:50 into overtime gave the Nashville Predators a 3–2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Cody Bass and Viktor Arvidsson also scored to help Nashville rally from a 2–0 deficit in the third period. Carter Hutton made 26 saves for the Predators.

Erik Condra and Jonathan Drouin scored for the reigning Eastern Conference champion Lightning. Reserve goaltender Adam Wilcox allowed all three Nashville goals on 17 shots. Starter Ray Emery made 10 saves in the first 30 minutes.

DALEY SCORES IN OT TO LIFT BLACKHAWKS

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In Chicago, Trevor Daley’s goal 1:40 into overtime lifted the Blackhawks to a 5–4 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Kyle Baun, Jonathan Toews, Teuvo Teravainen and Ryan Garbutt also scored for defending champion Chicago. Mark Visentin allowed four goals on 16 shots in nearly 32 minutes after starter Scott Darling stopped all 22 shots he faced his 30 minutes.

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Antony Mantha scored in the second period for Detroit, and then Riley Sheahan, Teemu Pulkkinen and Luke Glendening all scored in the third to force overtime.

Jimmy Howard allowed three goals on 21 shots in nearly 30 minutes before Tom McCollum gave up two goals on 16 shots.

TANGUAY LIFTS AVALANCHE PAST DUCKS IN OT

In Denver, Alex Tanguay scored at 1:18 of overtime to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 5–4 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Conner Bleackley, Mikko Rantanen, Jack Skille and Nick Holden scored in regulation for the Avalanche. Semyon Varlamov and Roman Will each gave up two goals. Varlamov MADE 15 saves in his nearly 40 minutes and Will stopped nine shots.

Jiri Sekac scored two goals, and Julius Nattinen and Chris Wagner added one apiece for the Ducks. John Gibson finished with 26 saves.

SHARKS' JONES BLANKS CANUCKS

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In Vancouver, British Columbia, Martin Jones made 30 saves as San Jose beat the Canucks 4–0. Paul Martin, Brent Burns, Thomas Hertl and Nikolay Goldobin scored for the Sharks.

Ryan Miller stopped seven of the nine shots he faced in about 32 minutes, and Joe Cannata had 10 saves in his 26 minutes.

Following regulation, the teams played a scoreless 3-on-3 overtime.

KINGS CROWN COYOTES ON WEAL’S OVERTIME GOAL

In Los Angeles, Jordan Weal’s goal 3:37 into overtime lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a 3–2 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Michael Mersch and Brian O'Neill also scored for Los Angeles.

Starting goaltender Jhonas Enroth made seven saves in 32:31 before being replaced by Peter Budaj. Budaj turned away 10 of 11 shots in 31:02.

Third overall pick Dylan Strome scored for Arizona, as did Jordan Martinook.

Louis Domingue stopped 15 of 17 shots in 32:31. His replacement, Niklas Treutle made 10 saves in 31:06.

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