Devils, Palmieri start fast in Sweden
GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Kyle Palmieri and Trevis Zajac scored two goals each to lead the Devils to a 5-2 victory over the Oilers in their season-opening game Saturday night. The game at Scandinavium was part of the NHL Global Series.
Despite the presence of Connor McDavid and Taylor Hall, the last two Hart Trophy winners, Palmieri and Zajac stole the show. In the new season, Palmieri didn’t waste time. He picked up the puck in the offensive zone, moved unchecked toward the net and beat Cam Talbot inside the far post on the first shot on goal, still in the opening minute.
It was the 23rd NHL regular-season game played in Europe, the 11th in Sweden and the first in Gothenburg.
G Roberto Luongo departed midway through the second period of the Panthers’ 2-1 shootout loss to the Lightning after teammate Frank Vatrano landed on his extended right leg during a scramble. Luongo stopped all 13 shots he faced in just over 32 minutes.