Grigorenko nets a goal and adds an assist in 3-0 victory
The Associated Press Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Mikhail Grigorenko had a goal and an assist and Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-0 win Wednesday over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Ville Leino opened the scoring with a goal at 4:58 of the second period when he beat Columbus goaltender Mike McKenna.
Buffalo made it 2-0 at 9:10 of the third when Grigorenko beat Columbus goalie Jeremy Smith over the right shoulder.
Grigorenko assisted on Zemgus Girgensons’ empty-net goal in the final minute.
Sabres defenseman Mike Weber had assists on all three goals.
Columbus played without several stars. Marian Gaborik, Nathan Horton and Sergei Bobrovsky were among the players who did not make the trip to Buffalo.
Columbus hosts the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday to end the preseason while the Sabres host the Hurricanes on Friday in Carolina.
Penguins 5, Red Wings 1
DETROIT — Chris Kunitz had two goals and an assist to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Wednesday night in an exhibition game.
Jussi Jokinen, Pascal Dupuis and Craig Adams also scored for Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each had two assists, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 16 saves.
Drew Miller scored for Detroit, and Petr Mrazek stopped 32 shots.
Jokinen and Dupuis scored in the final 5 minutes of the first to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead. Adams made it 3-0 3:14 into the second period. Miller scored with 7:11 left in the middle period.
Capitals 4, Predators 1
WASHINGTON — Eric Fehr had two goals and Mikhail Grabovski had three assists and the Washington Capitals earned a 4-1 preseason victory over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.
Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and an assist. Michal Neuvirth made 33 saves.
Gabriel Bourque scored for Nashville.
Grabovski, who was late to camp because of visa issues, assisted on both goals in his Caps debut Monday, a 3-2 overtime loss at Boston.
Grabovski disrupted a Nashville clear to set up Fehr’s first goal at 4:37 of the first.
Grabovski’s final assist came when he took a pass from Backstrom and passed it across the crease to Ovechkin for a power-play goal to make it 4-0 at 19:18 of the third period.
Senators 5, Canadiens 2
OTTAWA — Bobby Ryan scored for Ottawa and also gave the Senators a scare in their 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
Ryan left the game with just over five minutes remaining in the second period after a collision behind the net, but he returned shortly after. However the Senators opted on the side of caution and kept him out of the lineup for the third period.
Cory Conacher, Clarke MacArthur, Milan Michalek and Mika Zibanejad also scored for Ottawa, while Andrew Hammond made 24 saves.
Magnus Nygren and Raphael Diaz scored for Montreal, while Peter Budaj faced 32 shots.
Montreal opened the scoring as Nygren beat Hammond with a shot from just inside the blue line. Ottawa tied the game minutes later as Conacher passed to a trailing MacArthur.
Wild 3, Blues 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves and the Minnesota Wild beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 Wednesday night in an exhibition game.
Matt Cooke, Charlie Coyle and Torrey Mitchell scored for Minnesota.
Jaden Schwartz scored for the Blues. Jaroslav Halak stopped 12 of 13 shots before being replaced by Brian Elliott in the second period. Elliott made eight saves.
Cooke gave the Wild a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when his wrist shot from high in the slot bounced high off the pads of Halak, landed near the goal line and trickled across.
Coyle scored his team-best third preseason goal on a breakaway 38 seconds into the third and Mitchell stole the puck from Elliott for a wraparound short-handed goal 2 minutes later for a 3-0 lead.
Schwartz scored a short-handed goal midway through the third for his team-leading third preseason goal.