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Batherson also had an assist, Derick Brassard and Scott Sabourin scored, and Magnus Hellberg made 18 saves for Ottawa, which finished the preseason 5-3-0.

Cole Caufield and Kaiden Guhle scored, and Jake Allen made 26 saves for Montreal, which did not win a preseason game (0-6-2).

Caufield opened the scoring with a power-play goal from the left face-off circle to give the Canadiens a 1-0 lead at 8:47 of the first period.

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Brassard, on a professional tryout contract with the Senators, tied it 1-1 at 3:48 of the second period by poking in a rebound for his first goal in four preseason games.

Brassard had an assist on Batherson’s game-winner.

Sabourin scored at 15:17 to put Ottawa ahead 2-1, beating Allen after initially losing his balance.

Guhle tied it 2-2 at 18:40.

Blues 6, Blackhawks 0: Jordan Binnington made 24 saves for the St. Louis Blues in a 6-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

Ivan Barbashev scored twice, and Jordan Kyrou had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who finished the preseason 6-2-0. Brayden Schenn, Robert Bortuzzo and Jake Neighbours each had two assists.

Petr Mrazek allowed six goals on 25 shots for the Blackhawks in their preseason finale (1-5-0).

The Blues scored three goals in 2:10 during the first period. Barbashev made it 1-0 at 9:48, deflecting a slap shot from Bortuzzo. Nikita Alexandrov scored 23 seconds later for a 2-0 lead at 10:11, tipping a shot from Bortuzzo.

Kyrou pushed it to 3-0 at 11:58 after a pass from Schenn.

Robert Thomas scored a power-play goal 2:59 into the second period for a 4-0 lead.

Ryan O’Reilly made it 5-0 at 10:19, and Barbashev scored again at 17:05 for the 6-0 final.

Binnington made nine saves in the third period.

Lightning 5, Panthers 2: Vladislav Namestnikov scored a natural hat trick and had an assist for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 5-2 win against the Florida Panthers at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Namestnikov, who signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with Tampa Bay on July 13, finished the preseason with six points (five goals, one assist).

Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point each had a goal and an assist, Corey Perry had three assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves for the Lightning, who won their final game of the preseason (1-4-0).

Rudolfs Balcers scored, and Spencer Knight made 26 saves for the Panthers, who finished the preseason 2-4-0.

Kucherov scored his first goal of the preseason, a power-play goal from the right face-off circle, at 3:51 of the first period to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead.

Balcers tied it 1-1 at 5:15 with a slap shot from the top of the right circle.

Namestnikov made it 2-1 with a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle at 12:15, then extended it to 3-1 by banging in a cross-crease pass from Perry on a 5-on-3 at 19:14.

He completed the hat trick at 7:30 of the second period off a pass from Ross Colton.

Aleksi Heponiemi came out of the right corner and scored short-side to cut it to 4-2 at 8:45, but Point tapped in his first goal of the preseason at 4:56 of the third period for the 5-2 final.

Kings 6, Ducks 3: Arthur Kaliyev had a goal and two assists to help the Los Angeles Kings to a 6-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Arena in Los Angeles.

Sean Durzi and Carl Grundstrom each had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles, which ended its preseason 3-3-1. Jonathan Quick made 23 saves.

Troy Terry had a goal and an assist for Anaheim in its preseason finale (4-3-0).

John Gibson made 16 saves on 19 shots in the first period before leaving the game because of an upper-body injury. Anthony Stolarz made 14 saves in relief.

Gabriel Vilardi scored a power-play goal 2:32 into the first period to give the Kings a 1-0 lead, and Kaliyev made it 2-0 at 11:08 with a wrist shot from the top of the slot.

Grundstrom scored from the top of the left circle at 14:17 for a 3-0 lead.

The Ducks scored three straight goals in the second period to tie it. Mason McTavish made it 3-1 at 3:57, Max Jones scored on a 2-on-1 with Pavol Regenda at 10:37 to cut it to 3-2 and Terry tied it 3-3 with a power-play goal at 14:45.

Durzi gave Los Angeles a 4-3 lead with a bouncing wrist shot from the blue line at 17:22.

Phillip Danault scored from inside the crease at 9:47 of the third period to make it 5-3, and Kevin Fiala scored on a one-timer in front at 12:24 for the 6-3 final.

Video: Kings use balanced effort to top Ducks, 6-3

Wild 5, Stars 1: Kirill Kaprizov scored twice and had an assist for the Minnesota Wild in a 5-1 win against the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Mats Zuccarello had a goal and two assists, Marco Rossi got his seventh assist, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves for the Wild in their preseason finale (6-1-0).

Joe Pavelski scored for the Stars, who finished the preseason 2-5-0. Jake Oettinger allowed four goals on 20 shots over the first two periods, and Scott Wedgewood made seven saves in the third period.

Joel Eriksson Ek gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead at 3:57 of the first period, and Kaprizov scored on the power play at 8:49 to make it 2-0.

Brandon Duhaime extended the lead to 3-0 at 3:19 of the second period, but Pavelski cut it to 3-1 at 5:22.

Zuccarello restored the Wild’s three-goal lead at 11:48 to make it 4-1.

Kaprizov scored again on the power play at 14:15 of the third for the 5-1 final.

Video: Kaprizov, Zuccarello fuel Wild’s 5-1 win vs. Stars

Maple Leafs 5, Red Wings 1: Auston Matthews and William Nylander each scored two goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 5-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

Morgan Rielly and Mitchell Marner each had three assists, Alexander Kerfoot had two assists, and Matt Murray made 18 saves for the Maple Leafs, who finished the preseason 5-2-0.

Pius Suter scored, and Jussi Olkinuora made 13 saves on 15 shots in 31:55 for the Red Wings, who finished 3-5-0. Victor Brattstrom made eight saves in relief.

Suter gave Detroit a 1-0 lead with a shot that went bar down from the right face-off circle at 11:33 of the first period.

Nylander tied it 1-1 at 15:24, also scoring from the right circle. Defenseman Mark Giordano had the primary assist, his fifth of the preseason.

Denis Malgin scored his fourth goal when he split the defense and beat Olkinuora glove side at 11:55 of the second period to give Toronto a 2-1 lead.

The Maple Leafs scored three power-play goals in the third period. Matthews made it 3-1 with a one-timer from the top of the left circle at 2:12. Nylander extended the lead to 4-1 at 7:02, picking up a loose puck in the right circle for his fourth goal of the preseason, and Matthews scored his second goal of the game from the high slot at 13:49 for the 5-1 final.

Toronto defenseman Jake Muzzin and forward Pierre Engvall each played his first game of the preseason.

Video: Nylander, Matthews score 2 each in a 5-1 preseason win

Devils 5 Bruins 3: Jack Hughes and Alexander Holtz each had a goal and an assist for the New Jersey Devils in a 5-3 win against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in Boston.

Mackenzie Blackwood made 15 saves on 16 shots before Vitek Vanecek entered halfway through to make 12 saves for New Jersey, which finished the preseason 5-2-0.

Linus Ullmark made 22 saves for Boston, which went 3-3-0.

Holtz scored from the slot after a drop pass from Hughes at 18:10 of the first period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.

David Pastrnak scored for the Bruins on a shot from the left circle at 7:59 of the second period to tie it 1-1, but Dawson Mercer tipped in a Dougie Hamilton shot at 11:44 to give New Jersey a 2-1 lead.

Hughes scored in front after a pass from Holtz from behind the net 1:30 into the third period to make it 3-1 Devils, and Yegor Sharangovich scored from the right circle after a turnover at 2:59 to make it 4-1.

Jakub Lauko scored at 14:15 to pull the Bruins within 4-2, and Patrice Bergeron scored his first of the preseason at 17:14 to make it 4-3.

Tomas Tatar scored into the empty net with 18 seconds left for the 5-3 final.

Video: Hughes, Holtz power Devils past Bruins, 5-3

Capitals 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT): Dylan Strome scored 39 seconds into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Capital One Arena in Washington.

Strome scored on a redirection at the left post off a pass from Connor Brown.

John Carlson had three assists, and Darcy Kuemper made 36 saves for Washington in its preseason finale (4-1-1).

Adam Boqvist had two assists, and Elvis Merzlikins made 28 saves for Columbus, which finished 4-3-1.

Anthony Mantha gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead with a redirection in front off a shot by Martin Fehervary at 9:56 of the first period.

Patrik Laine tied it 1-1 at 10:37, sweeping in a shot from between the circles, before Yegor Chinakhov gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead on the power play at 14:58, his sixth goal of the preseason.

Alex Ovechkin‘s power-play goal at 19:47 tied it 2-2.

Sean Kuraly put Columbus ahead 3-2 at 3:25 of the second period, but Nic Dowd tied it 3-3 at 8:34.

Video: Carlson has 3 assists in a 4-3 preseason win

Islanders 3, Rangers 1: Ilya Sorokin made 28 saves for the New York Islanders in a 3-1 win against the New York Rangers at UBS Arena in Elmont, New York.

Kieffer Bellows and Mathew Barzal scored, and Josh Bailey had two assists for the Islanders in their preseason finale (4-2-0).

Kaapo Kakko scored for the Rangers, who finished 2-3-1. Igor Shesterkin made 13 saves.

Bellows finished a pass from Sebastian Aho at 9:06 of the first period to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead.

Barzal made it 2-0 with a wrist shot from the left circle at 16:16.

Sorokin made 12 saves in the second period to preserve the two-goal lead.

Zach Parise scored at 4:28 of the third period to make it 3-0.

Kakko cut it to 3-1 with his third goal of the preseason at 6:50.

Video: Barzal, Bellows score in a 3-1 win over the Rangers

Golden Knights 5, Coyotes 1: Nicolas Roy had a goal and an assist for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 5-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Idaho Central Arena in Boise, Idaho.

Reilly Smith had two assists for Vegas, which ended its preseason 4-2-1. Logan Thompson allowed one goal on 15 shots, and Adin Hill made nine saves.

Travis Boyd scored for Arizona, which finished 0-6-1 in the preseason. Jon Gillies made 21 saves.

Chandler Stephenson gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 5:55 of the first period.

Roy made it 2-0 at 7:47, and Jonathan Marchessault pushed it to 3-0 at 15:11 before Boyd cut it to 3-1 at 18:12.

Jack Eichel gave the Golden Knights a 4-1 lead at 2:12 of the third period on a power play when the puck deflected off his skate on a clearing pass from behind the net by Coyotes defenseman J.J. Moser.

Alex Pietrangelo scored on a one-timer at 11:47 for the 5-1 final.

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Hazel Mae sits down with Toronto Blue Jays manager John Schneider to discuss his experience at the winter meetings, what the Blue Jays will look to improve upon this offseason, whether outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. can play in right field, and more.

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Edmonton Oilers turn it on against a wounded opponent in an 8-2 win: Cult of Hockey Player Grades – Edmonton Journal



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The Edmonton Oilers earned only their 2nd 2-0 lead of the season against the Arizona Coyotes Wednesday. Then did not look back, en route to an 8-2 no-doubter at Rogers Place.

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And while Edmonton deserves fair marks for the victory…

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Arizona came into this one with just 1 win in their last 10 games and at the tail end of a withering 14-game road trip.

Bad team. Bad schedule. Bad result.

Aside from the 2 points, Jay Woodcroft was able to ease off the gas on McDavid, Draisaitl and Hyman’s ice time.

Here is the tale of the tape…

Cult of Hockey Player Grades

STUART SKINNER. 7. As good as they needed him to be. Stuart Skinner’s best save early was a point-blank stuff on Crouse. Excellent kick save on Keller in the 2nd. Left to his own devices on an Oilers defensive zone breakdown on the 3-1. Handled a breakaway shot in the 3rd thanks in part to a hard back-check by Bouchard. Stopped 16-18.

CONNOR McDAVID. 9. Second assist on the 1-0. Drew a Power Play with a dogged play in the high slot and then fed Draisaitl net side for the 3-0. Just missed an opportunity short side. Received a stretch pass from Draisaitl and then sifted a nice pass to Hyman who took it hard to the net. A lightening fast wraparound on a circus-like pass from Draisaitl made it 7-1. A 1-timer from the bottom of the circle off a Hyman pass made it 8-1. His 18:32 was the least so far this season.

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LEON DRAISAITL. 7. Could not bat home a rebound off a pass from McDavid in the 1st. Contributed to 3 chances on a 2nd Period PP. The next man advantage, he made short work of a tidy McDavid pass net side for the 3-0. Fired a stretch pass in the 2nd that ended with a Hyman chance in tight. Who did not marvel at the spin-o-rama at the attacking blueline followed by the sublime cross-ice backhand pass to McDavid for the 7-1. A relatively light night at 17:40. 57% on draws.

ZACH HYMAN. 6. Drew a 1st Period Power Play and then was net front on the resulting 1-0. Took a McDavid set up hard to the net in the 2nd. Another net drive in the 3rd, followed by a terrific pass that McDavid turned into the 8-1. 4 shots. Good to see him healthy.

DARNELL NURSE. 7. A fine defensive play thwarted a would-be Arizona 2-on-1 in the 1st. An assist on McDavid’s 1st. Quiet, confident game.

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CODY CECI. 5. 1st Period hooking minor. 2 hits, 2 blocks.

RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS. 9. He was excellent. Wristed home his 12th of the season on a Power Play in the 1st. Another hard wrister after an Arizona turnover delivered career NHL goal 209 to make it 4-1. That tied him with the great Paul Coffey for 8th on the all-time franchise list. A helper on the Draisaitl goal. Late to his man on the 8-2. 4 shots in 17:59. 50% on draws. A clean sheet in 1:16 of PK time.

MATTIAS JANMARK. 6. Dangerous wrap-around attempt in the 1st. Next shift won an important battle to help clear his own zone. 3 shots.

KAILER YAMAMOTO. 7. His hustle drew an interference call on a pic to negate an Arizona Power Play. Good positioning on the forecheck and then intercepted a clumsy pass and funneled it up to Nugent-Hopkins for the 4-1. Earned the primary assist on the Kulak goal. 3rd Period breakaway but his back-hand deke was stopped. Has been since he has been back.

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BRETT KULAK. 6. His elite skating skills were on full display to erase a would-be Arizona breakaway by Maccelli in the 2nd. Corralled his man but got no puck support from his forwards on the 3-1. Walked in and fired a laser off a hard-working flurry by Holloway and Yamamoto for the 5-1. His man deflected home the 8-2.

TYSON BARRIE. 8. Primary assist on the 1-0. Threw a lovely cross-seam pass to Nugent-Hopkins on a 1st period PP. Wrist shot off a 2-on-1 feed from Ryan. On the ice but not at fault on the 3-1. Diving block broke up an Arizona 2-on-1. Zone entry on the 8-1. 3 shots, +2. High Dangers 6-2. Led the club in TOI at 22:40. The Oilers best D-man tonight.

JAMES HAMBLIN. 5. Good defensive stick at his own blueline in the 1st. Hustled. A shot.

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DYLAN HOLLOWAY. 7. Drew a penalty in the 1st by tucking his shoulder into Nemeth on a hard net drive. Tremendous shift late in the 2nd where he created a chance, just missed one of his own, and then finally drew the 2nd assist on Kulak’s 5-1 goal. Hard 3rd Period net drive but the puck wobbled wide. Led the Oilers in 5v5 CF at 14-3, 82%.A very noticeable 15:05 of TOI.

JESSE PULJUJARVI. 5. 3 shots credited although none particularly dangerous.

EVAN BOUCHARD. 6. Looked much better tonight after the benching last game. Walked in from the point and ripped a hard wrist shot early in the 2nd. 3 shots 3 hits. 22:0q in a boucne-back effort.

PHILIP BROBERG. 6. Second assist on the 2-0. Inadvisable reverse in own zone led to a long Arizona shift in the Edmonton zone. But over-all a solid effort.

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DEVIN SHORE. 5. 80% on faceoffs. Worked hard, fought the puck a fair bit. 3rd Period minor.

KLIM KOSTIN. 8. The Gordie Howe hat trick for the big forward. Rattled the boards with a hit on Nemeth. Later, calmly cleared the zone and then putted a smart pass up the middle which Derek Ryan deposited for the 2-0. Could not clear the zone up the wall on the 3-1 against, although the bounce did him no favors. Laser wrist shot glove side high on the 6-1. Finally, took on and bloodied the nose of Zack Kassian in a late scrap. 3 hits. Opening some eyes…

DEREK RYAN. 7. Had a very good night. Scored an industrious goal for the 2-0 by grabbing a Kostin area pass, battling past 2 defenders, and then depositing a skillful for-back-for-back deke. Fed Barrie on a 2nd Period 2-on-1. Lost his check on the 3-1. Forced a 3rd Period turnover which Kostin deposited for the 6-1. 1:19 short handed.

The Oilers are now 15-12 for 30 points in 27 games. That is good for 4th in the Pacific, and in the 1st Wild Card spot. Minnesota is up next.

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Seattle Kraken to release Shane Wright for World Juniors – TSN



The Seattle Kraken have loaned forward Shane Wright to play for Team Canada at the upcoming World Junior Championship in Halifax and Moncton.

Wright, 18, is expected to report to Team Canada in Moncton on Thursday, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.

The 6-foot centre is fresh off scoring his first NHL goal on Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens in a 4-2 loss for the Kraken. He has a goal and an assist in eight NHL games this season. He had four goals in five games during a conditioning stint with the AHL’s Coachella Valley Firebirds. 

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Drafted fourth overall by Seattle in June, Wright is the sixth player in Canadian Hockey League history to be granted exceptional status to join the OHL a year early. He won CHL Rookie of the Year in 2020. The Burlington, Ont., product had 32 goals and 62 assists in 63 games with the Kingston Frontenacs in 2021-22. 

Internationally, he captained Canada to gold at the 2021 IIHF U18s, where he was second in tournament scoring with nine goals and 14 points in five games. Wright was named to the 2022 World Juniors team but only played in two games before it was cancelled. He did not participate in the rescheduled tournament in August where Canada won gold. 

The tournament is set to run from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. Canada kicks off its tournament on Boxing Day against Czechia on TSN at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

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