Preda­tors hang on to beat inexperienced Black­hawks

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Mike Fisher redi­rected Ro­man Josi’s shot late in the sec­ond pe­riod for the goa­head power-play goal, and Nashville beat Chicago 3-2 on Fri­day night in its sea­son opener. Fisher’s goal was Nashville’s third with the man ad­van­tage. P.K. Sub­ban, Nashville’s big off­sea­son ad­di­tion, scored the first goal of the sea­son, Josi had a power-play goal, and Ryan Jo­hansen had three as­sists. Mar­cus Kruger and Nik­las Hjal­mars­son scored for Chicago, which has lost its first two games this sea­son play­ing with six rook­ies in the lineup. The Black­hawks have al­lowed six power-play goals in their first two games. Preda­tors goal­tender Pekka Rinne stopped a flurry of shots with Chicago on the man ad­van­tage over the fi­nal 1:46 to pre­serve the win. Nashville im­proved to 4-1-1 over its last six sea­son open­ers.


Con­nor McDavid had a goal and two as­sists for his sec­ond straight three-point game to lead Ed­mon­ton. Leon Drai­saitl had two goals and Jor­dan Eberle and Mark Letestu also scored to help the Oil­ers com­plete a sweep of the teams’ sea­son-open­ing home-and-home se­ries. Cam Tal­bot fin­ished with 32 saves. Sean Mon­a­han and Michael Fro­lik scored for the Flames, who fell to 0-5-1 in their last six home open­ers. Brian El­liott stopped 24 shots. Af­ter scor­ing his third goal of the sea­son in the first pe­riod, McDavid helped set up Eberle’s ty­ing goal in the sec­ond and Drai­saitl’s go-ahead score early in the third.


Boyd Gor­don and Sean Cou­turier scored 48 sec­onds apart to kick off Philadel­phia’s four-goal sec­ond pe­riod. Cou­turier got two goals, Mark Streit also scored and Michal Neu­virth made 23 saves as the Fly­ers took a 4-0 lead while win­ning their sea­son opener for the first time since 2011. Drew Doughty and Bray­den McNabb scored in the home opener for the Kings, whose 50th an­niver­sary sea­son is off to an 0-2 start. Jeff Zatkoff made his home de­but with 26 saves in his first game as the Kings’ pre­sump­tive starter in the ab­sence of Jonathan Quick. The Vez­ina Tro­phy fi­nal­ist is out for sev­eral weeks with a groin in­jury.


NASHVILLE: Artem Anisi­mov #15 of the Chicago Black­hawks tries to de­flect the puck past Ryan El­lis #4 of the Nashville Preda­tors as Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Preda­tors looks on at Bridge­stone Arena on Fri­day in Nashville, Ten­nessee.

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