Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Brad Hunt, Jonathan Marchessault and Oscar Lindberg scored in a span of 2:31 in the first period to help the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center.
Hunt scored at even strength 5:16 into the game. Marchessault (6:09) and Lindberg (7:47) each scored on the power play.
Tomas Hyka gave Vegas a 4-1 lead at 15:06 of the third period.
Jamie Benn scored the go-ahead goal on the power play 12:19 into the third period to help the Dallas Stars to a 5-3 win against the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center.
Tyler Pitlick scored an empty-net goal for Dallas with 1:44 remaining in the preseason opener for each team.
Mattias Janmark scored at 11:47 of the first period to get the Stars within 2-1 after the Blues got goals from Wade Megan (3:19) and Klim Kostin (11:14). Nicholas Caamano tied it 2-2 at 4:11 of the second.
Miikka Salomaki scored his second goal of the game at 3:07 of overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena.
Colton Sissons also scored for the Predators. Pekka Rinne started in goal and made 10 saves. Anders Lindback relieved him midway through the game and stopped 14 of 15 shots.
Vincent Trocheck and Jared McCann scored for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo started and made eight saves before being replaced by Samuel Montembeault, who allowed three goals on 11 shots.
Sissons gave the Predators a 2-1 lead with 1:11 remaining in the second period. McCann tied it at 12:49 of the third.
Patrick Marleau scored his first goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators at Air Canada Centre.
Marleau signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract with Toronto on July 2 after playing 19 seasons with the San Jose Sharks.
Leo Komarov chipped the puck up the boards to Marleau, who had a partial breakaway before scoring on a wrist shot past Mike Condon at 11:26 of the first period.
James van Riemsdyk also scored for the Maple Leafs. Frederik Andersen allowed two goals on 18 shots in the first two periods, and Kasimir Kaskisuo allowed one goal on four shots in the third.
Williams opened the scoring 3:46 into the game. Teravainen made it 2-0 at 4:03 of the second period.
Alex Nedeljkovic started in goal for Carolina and made 14 saves through two periods. Callum Booth made 11 saves in the third.
Lightning forward Adam Erne scored a power-play goal at 15:37 of the second period to make it 2-1.
The Lightning thought they tied the game late in the third period on a goal by Alexander Volkov, but it was waved off because of goalie interference.
Michael Leighton made 20 saves for Tampa Bay.
Jack Eichel scored less than a minute into overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Pegula Ice Arena on the Penn State campus in University Park, Pennsylvania.
Defenseman Matt Tennyson tied it 3-3 with 2:39 remaining after defenseman Olli Maatta scored a power-play goal at 8:12 of the third period to put the Penguins ahead 3-2 in their preseason opener.
Jason Pominville scored two goals for the Sabres. It was his first game back with Buffalo since being acquired in a trade from the Minnesota Wild on June 30; the 34-year-old forward did not play in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.
Pominville, who played for the Sabres from 2003-13 after they selected him in the second round (No. 55) of the 2001 NHL Draft, put Buffalo ahead 2-1 at 10:38 of the second period. Center Jay McClement, who is in Pittsburgh training camp on a professional tryout, scored 2:34 into the third period to tie it 2-2.
Pominville gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead 7:19 into the game, but Penguins forward prospect Zachary Aston-Reese tied it 1-1 less than a minute into the second period.
Anton Forsberg made 38 saves for the Chicago Blackhawks in a 5-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at United Center.
Forsberg was part of the June 23 trade that sent forward Artemi Panarin to Columbus. Panarin had three shots on goal in 22:01.
Nick Schmaltz and Cody Franson each had a goal and an assist, and Laurent Dauphin, Jan Rutta and Vinnie Hinostroza scored for Chicago, which scored four goals in the second period.
Seth Jones scored twice for Columbus. He ended Forsberg's shutout with a goal 5:52 into the third period and had a power-play goal with 3:19 remaining.
Teddy Purcell, in Boston Bruins camp on a professional tryout, scored in a 4-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden.
Bruins defenseman Torey Krug left the game after he was hit in the face by a deflected puck.
Ryan Fitzgerald, Danton Heinen and Austin Czarnik scored second-period goals to give Boston a 3-0 lead. Purcell made it 4-2 with 2:46 remaining in the third. Anton Khudobin made 20 saves.
Forward Connor Brickley had two goals and an assist to help the Florida Panthers to a 5-3 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.
Brickley, a second-round pick (No. 50) by the Panthers at the 2010 NHL Draft, gave them a 2-0 lead at 9:28 of the second period and made it 3-2 1:43 into the third.
Henrik Haapala, Michael Matheson and Denis Malgin also had goals for Florida. James Reimer stopped all 15 shots he faced; Harri Sateri replaced him midway through the second period and made 16 saves.
Cody McLeod and Emil Pettersson scored 5:02 apart in the second period for the Predators. Viktor Arvidsson scored a power-play goal at 11:23 of the third to get them within a goal at 4-3 before Malgin scored into an empty net at 19:31.
Juuse Saros made 23 saves for Nashville.
Monday, September 18, 2017
So far, so good for Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. Eli Manning and the New York Giants are heading in the opposite direction.
Stafford threw for two touchdowns, rookie Jamal Agnew broke the game open with an 88-yard punt return and the Lions beat the Giants 24-10 on Monday night.
The Lions (2-0) sacked Eli Manning five times and Stafford put together another big game while sending the Giants (0-2) to a second straight disappointing performance. Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returned from a sprained left ankle, but New York still struggled offensively.
"We did a nice job of getting in the end zone early and our defense did what they do," Stafford said.
Stafford found Marvin Jones for a 27-yard touchdown in the first quarter and passed to Eric Ebron for a go-ahead 7-yarder in the second. Matt Prater added a 56-yard field goal just before halftime that bounced off the upright, helping the Lions to a 17-7 lead at the break.
Ezekiel Ansah had three sacks as Detroit joined Atlanta and Carolina as the only unbeaten teams in the NFC through Week 2. The Lions made the playoffs last season, but finished the year with four straight losses.
Beckham, a three-time Pro Bowler who missed the season opener, had four catches for 36 yards in limited action.
Manning threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram on the first play of the second quarter, but the rookie tight end was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for a seemingly obscene gesture. It allowed the Lions to get the ball at the Giants 45 after the kickoff went out of bounds and Stafford drove them for a second score.
New York closed to 17-10 on Aldrick Rosas' 25-yard field goal early in the second half, but it wasted a chance for a TD. The Giants had first-and-goal at the 1 and then got pushed back to the 11 on a holding penalty on a first-down run.
"We talked about playing complete, complimentary football. By no stretch of the imagination did we do that tonight," said Ben McAdoo, who led the Giants to their first playoff berth since 2011 last season in his first year as head coach. "We've got to do better. We've dug ourselves in a hole. No one feels sorry for us. We've got to find a way to get better and get better in a hurry."
Agnew then helped clinch the game for Detroit with his big return with 12:56 left, faking out New York punter Brad Wing on his way to the end zone. It was the fifth-longest punt return in team history.
Manning was 22 for 32 for 239 yards for New York, while Stafford was 15 for 21 for 122 yards. The NFL's highest-paid player threw for four touchdowns in Detroit's season-opening victory against Arizona.
Lions SS Tavon Wilson (shoulder) left in the second half. ... The Giants lost starting RT Bobby Hart on the opening series. LG Justin Pugh moved to tackle and Brett Jones replaced him. Giants also played without starters MLB B.J. Goodson (lower leg) and CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle-hand). Backup LB J.T. Thomas (groin) was ruled out early in the second half.
The Giants held a halftime ceremony to honor the 10th anniversary of their 2007 Super Bowl championship team. Coach Tom Coughlin and Hall of Famer Michael Strahan brought the Lombardi Trophy onto the field. New York beat the previously undefeated New England Patriots in the title game.
Lions: host the undefeated Falcons on Sunday afternoon.
Giants: at Philadelphia for Sunday afternoon game.
Ryan Malone scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild past the Winnipeg Jets, 3-2, at Bell MTS Place.
It was the first preseason game for each team.
Charlie Coyle and Zack Mitchell scored, and Niklas Svedberg stopped all 17 shots he faced through two periods for the Wild.
Steve Michalek made 13 saves in the third period, six in overtime and three straight in the shootout.
Mike Hoffman scored twice in the first period for the Ottawa Senators against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the preseason opener for each team at Canadian Tire Centre.
Hoffman's goals, which came 2:43 apart, gave the Senators a 3-0 lead at 7:08. Tyler Randell made it 1-0 2:20 into the game, and Mark Stone, Gabriel Gagne and Cody Ceci scored for Ottawa. Craig Andersonmade 15 saves on 16 shots before being relieved midway through the second period by Daniel Taylor, who had 14 saves.
Nico Hischier scored in his first game with the New Jersey Devils in their 4-1 preseason win against the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center on Monday.
Hischier, the No. 1 pick at the 2017 NHL Draft, beat goalie Vitek Vanecek at 15:46 of the third period.
It was the first preseason game for each team.
Mirco Mueller, Stefan Noesen and Kyle Palmieri scored in the second period for New Jersey. Keith Kinkaidstarted and allowed one goal on 16 shots. He was relieved midway through the game by Scott Wedgewood, who made 14 saves.