Brett Sutter scored the LA Kings’ game winning goal over the Arizona Coyotes with a third-period shot at the 7:28 minute mark in a preseason game Monday night.
Sutter was acquired from the Minnesota Wild last year. He spent the season in the AHL playing for the Iowa Wild and Ontario Reign. He had five goals and 14 points with the Wild. His tenure with the Reign produced more goals at five, but fewer points with seven. During regular season play, he has scored only two NHL goals with the most recent coming in the 2013-2014 season for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Louis Domingue and Mike Smith combined to stop 30 of 33 goals in the Arizona Coyotes 5-3 preseason victory over the LA Kings Monday night.
The Coyotes had home ring advantage for this split squad affair while the other half of their teammates battled in Los Angeles. The five Coyotes goals were scored by five players with Stefan Fournier scoring the game winner in the second period. Both Yotes’ net-minders were effective with Domingue blocking 20 of 21 attempts for a save percentage of 0.952. Smith blocked 11 of 13 for an 0.846 giving them a combined average was 0.909. Last year, Domingue has a save percentage of 0.912; Smith had a 0.916, so they are picking up where they left off.
Tyler Pitlick scored the winning goal in a split squad game played in Edmonton Monday night. His successful third period shot elevated the Oilers over the Calgary Flames and the team never looked back en route to a 4–2 victory.
Pitlick was one of four Oilers to score Monday night. Teammates Iiro Pakarinen, Ryan Vesce, and Kris Versteeg also got on the board. The Flames had a first-period, 2-1 advantage on the strength of goals by Kenney Morrison and Freddie Hamilton. Despite giving up four goals in a losing effort, Flames’ Jon Gillies blocked 35 shots to give him a respectable 0.897 save percentage. The net-minding duties for the Oilers were split between Cam Talbot and Eetu Laurikainen. Talbot gave up the Oilers two goals in period one; the 23-year-old Finn Laurikainen was perfect for one period in his bid to make the team, but needed to block only two shots.
The Edmonton Oilers’ Anton Slepyshev had the only goal until the final seconds of play against the Calgary Flames in a split squad game contested in Calgary Monday night. Edmonton ended the game on top with a score of 2 – 1.
Slepyshev stood tall until the 18:57 minute mark of the third period when teammate Jere Sallinen scored a second goal. Mark Giordano kept the Flames from getting shutout with a power play goal nine seconds before the end of the show. In 11 games for the Oilers last year, Slepyshev failed to score a goal, but had one assist. Giordano scored 21 times in 82 games for the Flames.
Veteran Jiri Hudler scored a goal and assisted on another in the Dallas Stars' 3-1 exhibition victory Monday night over the St. Louis Blues.
Hudler's linemate, Patrick Sharp, contributed two assists. Patrik Nemeth and Patrick Eaves scored the Stars' other two goals. Kevin Shattenkirk had the Blues' goal. Kari Lehtonen stopped nine of 10 shots for Dallas. His replacement, Maxime Legace, was a perfect 14-for-14. Ville Husso made seven of eight saves for St. Louis. Carter Hutton came in for Husso and turned aside 21 of the 23 shots he faced.
Sam Gagner, looking for a new start with the Blue Jackets, opened his preseason Monday night in impressive fashion.
Gagner, who was signed to a one-year contract by the Blue Jackets in the off-season. picked up an assist and scored in the shootout to help Columbus beat the Boston Bruins 3-2. Goalie Curtis McElhinney made 29 saves on 31 shots for the Blue Jackets. Forward Sonny Milano scored for the Blue Jackets. Forward Jimmy Hayes scored for Boston, while goalie Anton Khudobin made 11 saves on 13 shots in two periods.
New Jersey goalies Keith Kinkaid and Anders Lindback combined for 21 saves in a 2-0 shutout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in exhibition play Monday night.
Kinkaid started and made six saves and Lindback entered during the second period and made 15 saves. Forward Nick Lappin scored both New Jersey goals. Alex Lyon also shone in net for Philly, making 28 saves on 29 shots.
Jason Zucker was one of Minnesota's goal scorers in a 2-1 exhibition victory over the Buffalo Sabres Monday night.
Kurtis Gabriel also scored for Minnesota. Forward Zemgus Girgensons had Buffalo's goal.