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Ultimate NHL News For September 20, 2015

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Matheson's 3-on-3 OT goal wins it for Panthers

In the first 3-on-3 overtime, Mike Matheson scored at 2:05 to help the Florida Panthers rally past the Nashville Predators 3-2 in the second game of their doubleheader at Bridgestone Arena.
Aleksander Barkov and Shane Harper scored for Florida, which trailed 2-0 less than four minutes into the game. Al Montoya made 18 saves for the Panthers before being relieved by Sam Brittain, who denied all nine shots he faced.
Nashville held an early 2-0 lead after goals from Taylor Aronson and Mike FisherPekka Rinne started in goal and made 11 saves; Juuse Saros allowed two goals on 14 shots.
"We had our chances," defenseman Seth Jones told the Predators website. "We had two breakaways and quality scoring chances right in the slot, so it's back-and-forth hockey. You've got to play smart. The League wants odd-man rushes, and that's what they got. It just depends on who capitalizes first."
Each team was 0-for-3 on the power play.

Matheson's 3-on-3 OT goal wins it for Panthers

In the first 3-on-3 overtime, Mike Matheson scored at 2:05 to help the Florida Panthers rally past the Nashville Predators 3-2 in the second game of their doubleheader at Bridgestone Arena.
Aleksander Barkov and Shane Harper scored for Florida, which trailed 2-0 less than four minutes into the game. Al Montoya made 18 saves for the Panthers before being relieved by Sam Brittain, who denied all nine shots he faced.
Nashville held an early 2-0 lead after goals from Taylor Aronson and Mike Fisher. Pekka Rinne started in goal and made 11 saves; Juuse Saros allowed two goals on 14 shots.
"We had our chances," defenseman Seth Jones told the Predators website. "We had two breakaways and quality scoring chances right in the slot, so it's back-and-forth hockey. You've got to play smart. The League wants odd-man rushes, and that's what they got. It just depends on who capitalizes first."
Each team was 0-for-3 on the power play.

Irwin, Gustavsson lead Bruins past Devils

Matt Irwin scored twice on the power play and Jonas Gustavsson and Jeremy Smith combined for a shutout in the Boston Bruins' 2-0 win against the New Jersey Devils at Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.
Irwin, who had eight goals in 53 games for the San Jose Sharks last season, opened the scoring at 6:12 of the second period. He scored again in the third during a 5-on-3 man advantage.
"He's been known for that," Bruins coach Claude Julien said of Irwin. "I think last year when he scored goals, it's not about the power of his shot. I think he's really good at finding those lanes to the net, and when there's a good screen there he finds places to put the puck. That second goal was a good example of that."
Gustavsson, who is with the Bruins on a tryout basis, made 18 saves. Smith (12 saves) relieved him during the second period.
Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid got the start and made 12 saves. He was replaced midway through the game by Scott Wedgewood (eight saves).
New Jersey went 0-for-6 on the power play.
Bruins forward Seth Griffith sustained a lower-body injury and did not play in the third period.

Bruins 2, Devils 0

Pavel Zacha and John Quennevillemade their preseason debuts in the Devils' exhibition opener, a 2-0 loss to the Boston Bruins at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., on Sunday.
John Quenneville, the Devils' first-round pick in 2014, skated on a line withAdam Henrique and Kyle PalmieriPavel Zacha, this year's sixth overall pick, centered Tuomo Ruutu and Lee Stempniak.
Starter Keith Kinkaid made 12 saves and split goaltending duties with Scott Wedgewood. The Devils continue the preseason schedule against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
Matt Irwin scored twice on the power play for Boston. Jonas Gustavsson and Jeremy Smith combined for the shutout.
Irwin opened the scoring at 6:12 of the second period. He scored again in the third during a 5-on-3 man advantage.

Forsberg, Power Play Guide Predators Past Panthers in First Half of Doubleheader

Filip Forsberg scored two power-play goals and the Nashville Predators started their preseason slate with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena, the first of two contests between the pair of clubs on the day.
Vladislav KamenevRoman Josi and Colton Sissons added the other tallies for the Preds, while Carter Hutton andMarek Mazanec split time in net, making eight and 12 saves, respectively.
“That’s a big thing about getting your legs under you and your breath back and your legs going [in a preseason game]; it’s getting comfortable, getting used to the system and making the right plays,” defenseman Ryan Ellissaid. “For the most part, I think guys did a great job for the first time.”
Forsberg was the first to tally for the Preds on the afternoon, snapping a shot low to the glove of netminder Mike McKenna for a 1-0 lead at 13:43. Pontus Aberg and Ellis contributed the assists on the power-play marker.
Nashville got another before the frame was out, courtesy of Kamenev at 16:56. The 2014 draft selection beat McKenna after sharp feed across the crease from Ellis.
“He showed flashes of brilliance out there,” Ellis said of Kamenev. “He’s kind of your prototypical Russian; great hands, great vision, skates well for a bigger guy and I thought he did great. He had a good shot off the wing there, and overall, I thought he was making plays as well and that’s good to see.”
Josi increased the lead to three after his shot from the along the left boards found its way through traffic in front.Austin Watson and Paul Gaustad added helpers on the play.
Forsberg struck on the power play for the second time, wristing a shot in the high slot past Florida netminder Colin Stevens for a 4-0 lead and another Nashville man advantage led to a Sissons goal, off a feed from Forsberg, the third power-play marker of the game.
“We’re just trying to figure out how we want to play during the season,” Forsberg said of the power play. “Obviously you can’t expect to have this many goals every game during the season, but it was a great start and we’ve got something to build on.”

Forsberg scores twice to lead Predators past Panthers

Filip Forsberg scored twice to help the Nashville Predators race out to a four-goal lead and Ryan Ellis had three assists in a 5-2 victory against the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday.
Forsberg, who had 63 points (26 goals, 37 assists) as a rookie, scored the first goal of the NHL preseason on the power play at 13:43 of the first period. He scored another power-play goal 8:25 into the third period to give Nashville a 4-0 lead.
"We're just trying to figure out how we want to play during the season," Forsberg told the Predators website. "Obviously you can't expect to have this many goals every game during the season, but it was a great start and we've got something to build on."
Vladislav Kamanev, Roman Josi and Colton Sissons scored for the Predators. Carter Hutton made eight saves; Marek Mazanec allowed two goals on 14 shots.
Connor Brickley and Jussi Jokinen scored power-play goals for the Panthers. Mike McKenna played the first two periods for Florida and allowed three goals on 19 shots. He was relieved at the start of the third by Colin Stevens, who made eight saves.