Oct. 5: NHL Preseason Roundup


Nick Ritchie scored two goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 6-2 preseason win against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Tuesday.

Mitchell Marner and John Tavares each had two assists for Toronto, which outshot Montreal 44-22. Petr Mrazek made 20 saves for the Maple Leafs, and Ilya Mikheyev, Brennan Menell, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and Brett Seney scored.

Joel Armia had a goal and an assist for Montreal, and Alex Belzile scored. Sam Montembeault made 38 saves.


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Islanders 3, Flyers 0: Anders Lee scored in his first game since March 11 for the New York Islanders, a 3-0 preseason win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Tuesday.

Lee, who missed the final two months of the regular season and the entire 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs because of a knee injury, gave the Islanders a 2-0 lead at 19:05 of the first period.

“It felt good to be out there,” he said. “Nice to get on the ice and be with the boys. I think it wasn’t the prettiest of games overall. I think it was kind of a sloppy game, but it felt good at times and we continue to build on this.

“I wasn’t really nervous about the knee or anything like that. I knew it’s in a good spot, it’s in a good place. We’ve come a long way. Honestly, it’s just getting reps in a game, just like any other preseason, getting ready for the year.”

Lee skated on their top forward line with Mathew Barzal and Kyle Palmieri.

Cory Schneider made 24 saves for the shutout, and Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey scored power-play goals for New York.

Martin Jones made 28 saves for Philadelphia.

Panthers 3, Lightning 2: Owen Tippett scored twice for the Florida Panthers in a 3-2 preseason win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday. 

Tippett’s first goal on a breakaway off a turnover put Florida ahead 2-1 at 2:23 of the third period. Frank Vatrano scored, and Spencer Knight made 23 saves for the Panthers, who have not lost in the preseason (5-0-0).

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored his first goal for the Lightning after signing as a free agent July 28. 

Mikhail Sergachev scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 16 saves for the Lightning (1-4-0).

Video: Tippett’s two goals lift Panthers over Lightning

Predators 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT): Philip Tomasino scored 2:49 into overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 preseason win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Tuesday.

Tomasino scored at the top of the goal crease after Filip Forsberg won a puck battle and fed him from behind the net. 

Ryan Johansen and Matt Duchene each had a goal and an assist, Forsberg had two assists, and Juuse Saros made 40 saves for the Predators.

Jesper Fast and Steven Lorentz each had a goal and an assist, and Antti Raanta made 31 saves for the Hurricanes.

Video: Tomasino nets the overtime winner in a 3-2 victory

Penguins 5, Sabres 4 (SO): Drew O’Connor scored twice, and Jason Zucker scored the deciding goal in the ninth round of the shootout for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 5-4 preseason win against the Buffalo Sabres at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Kasperi Kapanen tied the game 4-4 with 53 seconds remaining in the third period for the Penguins.

Kapanen had a goal and an assist, Radim Zohorna scored, and Casey DeSmith made 23 saves for Pittsburgh.

Brett Murray, Vinnie Hinostroza, Victor Olofsson (power play) and Anders Bjork scored, Dylan Cozens had two assists, and Dustin Tokarski made 17 saves on 18 shots in 30:15 for Buffalo. Aaron Dell made 19 saves on 22 shots in relief.

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