Devils, Palmieri start fast in Swe­den

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

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