Brandon Pirri scores twice, Rangers beat Devils 3-1
NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Pirri scored two goals in the New York Rangers’ 3-1 exhibition victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.
John Gilmour added a power-play goal for New York. Antti Raanta and Mackenzie Skapski split time in goal, with Raanta starting and making 15 saves, and Skapski stopping all 13 shots he faced.
Miles Wood scored for New Jersey, and Scott Wedgewood made 31 saves.
The game marked Jimmy Vesey’s NHL exhibition debut. Vesey, the Hobey Baker winner last season for Harvard, signed a free-agent contract with the Rangers on Aug. 19. Skating on a line with Kevin Hayes and Rick Nash, Vesey had three shots on goal in 16:33 of ice time.
DUBINSKY LIFTS BLUE JACKETS PAST PREDATORS
In Columbus, Ohio, Brandon Dubinsky scored at 2:49 of overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators.
Dubinsky also had the primary assist on Paul Bittner’s tying goal with 4:04 left in regulation. Ryan Craig also scored for the Blue Jackets.
Curtis McElhinney made 15 saves for the victory. Starter Joonas Korpisalo stopped all 10 shots he faced in 27:57 of game action.
Anthony Bitetto and Yannick Weber scored for the Predators. Nashville’s Juuse Saros allowed two goals on 25 shots and took the loss. Starter Marek Mazanec made 14 saves.
SABRES’ MOULSON SCORES SHOOTOUT WINNER
At St. Catherines, Ontario, Matt Moulson scored the only goal in a shootout in the Buffalo Sabres’ 1-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Meridian Centre.
Moulson was Buffalo’s fourth shooter and the eighth overall. Anders Nilsson earned the shutout, stopping 23 shots through regulation and overtime and all four Toronto shooters in the tiebreaker.
The 5,000-seat arena is home to the Ontario Hockey League’s Niagara Ice Dogs, and sits between Toronto and Buffalo.
Garret Sparks and Kasimir Kaskisuo split time in goal for the Maple Leafs, with Sparks stopping all 17 shots he faced in the first a period and half. Toronto’s Auston Matthews, the first-overall draft pick, is expected to make his debut Friday night in Buffalo.
HOFFMAN SCORES IN OVERTIME FOR SENATORS
At Montreal, Mike Hoffman scored his second goal of the game 19 seconds into overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
Hoffman beat goalie Mike Condon high after a giveaway by Alex Galchenyuk deep in his own zone.
Matt Puempel and Bobby Ryan also scored for Ottawa. Chris Driedger stopped 18 of 21 shots before being replaced midway through the second period. Matt O’Connor stopped all 19 shots he faced in relief.
Michael McCarron, Brendan Gallagher and Zach Redmond scored for Montreal, and Condon made 16 saves.
GUDLEVSKIS, LIGHTNING BLANK PANTHERS
In Tampa, Florida, Kristers Gudlevskis made 21 saves in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2-0 victory over the Florida Panthers.
Jeremy Morin had a goal and helped set up Brayden Point’s goal.
James Reimer took the loss for Florida, making 18 saves in the first two periods. Reto Berra allowed a goal on nine shots in the third.
PERREAULT HELPS JETS BEAT WILD
At Winnipeg, Manitoba, Mathieu Perreault scored on the power play and added an assist to help the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1.
Perreault left the game midway through the third period after a hit by Wild winger Kurtis Gabriel put him to the ice.
Kyle Connor, Nikolaj Ehlers and Andrew Copp also scored for Winnipeg, and Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves. Matt Dumba scored for Minnesota, and Darcy Kuemper stopped 24 shots.