NHL preseason roundup: Two overtime thrillers

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Richard Panik (71) is congratulated by teammates after he scored a goal against the Florida Panthers during the third period at Germain Arena. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Florida Panthers 3-2 in overtime.
  • Panthers also signed goaltender Tim Thomas to a 1-year deal on Thursday.
  • Bruins and Jets play again on Friday in Saskatoon%2C Saskatchewan.
  • Devils 4, Flyers 1.

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Damien Brunner, Steve Bernier, Dainus Zubrus and Michael Ryder scored and the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

    Brunner got the scoring going at 6:31 of the second period when he tipped a back-door pass from Ryane Clowe behind goalie Steve Mason.

    Bernier gave the Devils a two-goal lead when he scored 67 seconds later. Bernier was open long enough to tap his stick and ask Andrei Loktionov for a pass.

    Mason made the initial save, but Bernier shoveled the rebound behind him.

    The third goal came with 5:56 left in the second period when Zubrus tipped in a wrist shot from defenseman Adam Larsson.

    Cory Schneider stopped all nine Flyers shots he faced through two periods. He wasn’t even supposed to play. Martin Brodeur was scheduled to get the start, but flew to Montreal where his father, Denis Brodeur, Sr., Died at age 82.

    Matt Read scored for the Flyers, a short-handed goal with 8:51 left in the game. He beat goalie Keith Kinkaid on a breakaway.

    Ryder added an empty-net goal with 1:27 remaining.

    Kinkaid finished with three saves on four shots. Mason made 21 saves on 24 shots.

    Hurricanes 2, Blue Jackets 1.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nathan Gerbe scored his second goal of the game with 38 seconds remaining to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in a preseason game Thursday night.

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    Nikita Nikitin scored on a one-timer from the left dot in the first period for Columbus, which wrapped up its preseason schedule. Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves.

    Gerbe pulled the Hurricanes even at 18:04 of the second period, bursting from the corner and squeezing the puck past Bobrovsky. Gerbe topped that deke on the winning goal, going forehand to backhand and scoring easily.

    Cam Ward made 25 stops for Carolina, which plays its last preseason game Friday against visiting Buffalo.

    Lightning 3, Panthers 2 OT.

    ESTERO, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov’s goal at 4:04 of overtime gave the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 preseason win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

    Tim Thomas, signed to a one-year deal by the Panthers on Thursday, started the game and stopped nine of 10 shots. Jacob Markstrom replaced Thomas and stopped 13 of 15.

    “I think it was a necessary step to do it now rather than waiting,” Thomas said. “I feel ready now.”.

    Kucherov’s goal capped a rally from a 2-0 deficit for Tampa Bay.

    Tyler Johnson and Richard Panik also scored for the Lightning.

    Panik and Martin St. Louis exchanged great passes on the game-tying goal at 6:30 of the third period.

    Florida took a 2-0 lead on two power-play goals by Jonathan Huberdeau.

    Ben Bishop earned the victory and made 26 saves for Tampa Bay.

    Bruins 3, Jets 2 OT.

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Loui Eriksson sent a high shot past goalie Ondrej Pavelec at 1:46 of overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 preseason victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

    Ryan Spooner and Eriksson went down the ice together and Spooner sent a pass across to Eriksson, who moved the puck with his skate onto his stick to set up his first goal of the preseason.

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    Niklas Svedberg stopped 26 shots for the Bruins, who improved their exhibition record to 5-1-0. Pavelec faced 33 shots for the Jets (1-3-3).

    The teams play again on Friday in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Spooner and Patrice Bergeron also scored for the Bruins. Devon Setoguchi and Mark Scheifele had Winnipeg’s two power-play goals.

    Bergeron had the game’s first goal when he took a feed from Brad Marchand and put a close, low shot past Pavelec at 3:54 of the first period for his first goal of the preseason.

    Notes: Boston scratched veterans Jarome Iginla, Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Zdeno Chara. Winnipeg sat its top line of Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler, who has a minor injury.

    Canadiens 3, Senators 1.

    MONTREAL (AP) — Tomas Plekanec’s second-period goal and a strong performance by Carey Price gave the Montreal Canadiens a 3-1 victory over the visiting Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

    Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty also scored for the Habs, while Price made 29 saves.

    Cory Conacher scored for Ottawa. Craig Anderson stopped 22 shots.

    This was Montreal’s second game in as many days against the Senators. Ottawa beat Montreal 5-2 on Wednesday.

    The Senators, who have played three games in as many nights, fielded a much younger and less-experienced team on Thursday. Veterans Jason Spezza, Chris Neil, and Erik Karlsson were all healthy scratches.

    Stars 5, Avalanche 1.

    DALLAS (AP) — Alex Chiasson scored two goals and the Dallas Stars earned a 5-1 preseason victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

    Kari Lehtonen made 25 for the Stars.

    Chiasson opened the scoring 55 seconds into the game. He picked up his third goal of the preseason at 6:30 of the third period on a power play.

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    Erik Cole and Valeri Nichushkin also scored for the Stars.

    Alex Goligoski added a goal and two assists. Tyler Seguin and Ray Whitney both had two assists for Dallas.

    Jamie McGinn scored for Colorado.

    Canucks 5, Rangers 0.

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Henrik Sedin scored two goals and the Vancouver Canucks blanked the New York Rangers 5-0 on Thursday night.

    New York’s Alain Vigneault and Vancouver’s John Tortorella coached against their former teams for the first time. They were replaced with each other after being fired following last spring’s playoffs.

    Moments before the opening faceoff, the Canucks saluted Vigneault with “Welcome back Coach A.V.” On the scoreboard screen. He looked up at the image of himself, gave a slight nod and then focused on the impending faceoff.

    Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo picked up his second win of the preseason. He recorded 41 saves for his first shutout as the Rangers outshot the Canucks 41-20.

    Henrik Sedin’s goals, his first of the preseason, came as he and twin brother Daniel celebrated their 33rd birthday. The Canucks finished the preseason with a 2-4-0 record.

    The Rangers fell to 1-4-0 with one game still to play Friday in Las Vegas against the Los Angeles Kings.

    Frank Corrado, Ryan Kesler and Hunter Shinkaruk also scored for the Canucks. Alex Edler had three assists.

    Notes: The Rangers signed holdout center Derek Stepan, their top scorer last season, to a $6.15 million, two-year contract. Stepan had 18 goals and 26 assists last season. … Canucks winger David Booth played his first game since suffering an ankle injury last March. Booth was scheduled to return Saturday in Edmonton, but he hurt his groin during the morning skate. He hit the post on a 2-on-1 break with Martin Biron beaten in the third period.

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