Palmieri, Zajac help Devils beat Oil­ers in Swe­den

The News-Times (Sunday) - - Scoreboard -

GOTHEN­BURG, Swe­den — Kyle Palmieri, Travis Zajac and the New Jer­sey Devils left the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers be­hind in their season-opener, show­ing the form that help them re­turn to the play­offs last season.

Palmieri and Zajac scored two goals each to lead the Devils to a 5-2 vic­tory Satur­day night in the NHL Global Se­ries game at Scan­di­nav­ium.

“We feel like we have a good group, we have a strong culture,” New Jer­sey coach John Hynes said. “We like we have an iden­tity of how we want to play, the types of play­ers we want, how we want to be off the ice. Those are re­ally the things that mat­ter. We want be a tough team to play against.”

Ste­fan Noe­sen also scored, Miles Wood had two as­sists, and Keith Kinkaid made 17 saves.

SABRES 3, RANGERS 1: Conor Sheary scored two goals and Carter Hut­ton made 43 saves as Buf­falo got its first vic­tory of the season.

Cap­tain Jack Eichel added an empty-net goal in the fi­nal sec­onds for Buf­falo. Af­ter be­ing booed by their home fans in a shutout loss to Bos­ton in Thurs­day’s opener, the Sabres (1-1-0) snapped a six-game los­ing streak at KeyBank Cen­ter dat­ing to last season.

Brett How­den scored off a re­bound with 4:39 re­main­ing in the game for the Rangers, who started a two-game trip by fall­ing to 0-2 un­der first-year coach David Quinn.

Hen­rik Lundqvist made 26 saves for New York. The Rangers out­shot the Sabres in all three pe­ri­ods and fin­ished with a 44-29 ad­van­tage in shots on goal.

PREDA­TORS 4, IS­LAN­DERS 3: Vik­tor Arvids­son scored twice and Nash­ville held on to spoil New York’s home opener.

Mat­tias Ekholm and Craig Smith also scored for Nash­ville, and P.K. Sub­ban had two as­sists. Ju­use Saros, start­ing in place of reign­ing Vez­ina Tro­phy win­ner Pekka Rinne, fin­ished with 26 saves to help the Preda­tors win their sec­ond straight to start the season.

Mathew Barzal had a goal and an as­sisst, and Valt­teri Filp­pula and An­ders Lee also scored for the Is­lan­ders, who were try­ing to get new coach Barry Trotz a win in his home de­but. Josh Bai­ley had two as­sists and Thomas Greiss stopped 19 shots.

Trotz led Wash­ing­ton to the Stan­ley Cup cham­pi­onship in June be­fore leaving in a con­tract dis­pute.

He was then hired as coach of the Is­lan­ders to re­place the fired Doug Weight af­ter New York missed the play­offs for the eighth time in 11 sea­sons. The Is­lan­ders opened the season with a vic­tory in Trotz’s de­but, 2-1 in over­time at Carolina on Thurs­day night.

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