NHL: A scare for Lafrenière, Wright discreet

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2022. 10:18 PM
(Update : Wednesday, Sep 28, 2022. 12:35 AM)

The New York Rangers lost 3-2 in overtime to the Boston Bruins, but it was Alexis Lafrenière’s injury that caught the eye in Tuesday’s preseason game.

After finding the back of the net, the Quebecer was hit by a shot from Hunter Skinner with six minutes left in the third period. He remained on the bench without returning to the game afterwards.

“Rangers have revealed that Lafrenière’s situation is not serious,” said Vince Z. Mercogliano, who covers Rangers for the USA Today on Twitter after the meeting.

Quebecer AJ Greer scored two goals, including the overtime winner, to help the Bruins win.

Adam Fox opened the scoring in the first period. Lafrenière then found the back of the net on passes from Jimmy Vesey and Ryan Lindgren to put the New Yorkers back in a 2-1 lead.

Besides AJ Greer’s two goals, Oskar Steen rattled the shorthanded ropes in the third period to tie the game 2-2.

Louis Domingue and Jaroslav Halak shared the job in goal for the Rangers. The Quebecer gave up twice on 21 shots, while the Slovak stopped 14 of the 15 shots aimed at him.

The Bruins outshot the Rangers with a 36-26 total.

In another match, the Quebecer. William Dufour had an assist in the Islanders’ 4-1 loss to the Devils.

For his part, the former Canadian, Laurent Dauphin, collected an assist for the Arizona Coyotes in a loss of 4 to 3 on the Dallas Stars.

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Dauphin was an accomplice on the net of Vladislav Kolyachonok in the third period. Mason Marchment gave the Stars the overtime win.

Ducks prospect Nathan Gaucher had an assist on Hunter Drew’s goal in a 5-4 loss to the Sharks.

Shane Wright discreet in his debut

The Seattle Kraken edged the Calgary Flames 3-0 when Shane Wright came on.

The 4th overall pick of the last draft led three shots on net in almost 14 minutes on the ice.

Daniel Sprong, Jaden Schwartz and Andrew Poturalski all found the back of the net for Seattle.

The Kraken outshot the Flames 35-25. Calgary must blame its lack of opportunism by being shut out on six occasions with the advantage of a man.

Quebecer Jakob Pelletier finished the game with a minus-3 differential.

Penguins veterans go to the next call

Led by Dominik Kubalik, the Detroit Red Wings edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-2.

The forward scored his team’s first goal of the game to tie the game 1-1 late in the first period on a power play. Kubalik returned with a second goal midway through the third period.

Filip Zadina also distinguished himself in this game for the Wings with a goal and an assist in just over 17 minutes on the ice surface.

Several veterans were in uniform with the Penguins. Without alarm as it is a preseason game, Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang were all cleared from the scoresheet, the last two each finishing with a differential of minus-3. Crosby still recorded six shots on net.

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Tristan Jarry gave up four times on 14 shots in front of the Penguins cage. Casey DeSmith only faced five shots, allowing two goals.

The Wild unintimidated by the Avalanche

Tyson Jost scored twice against his former team to give the Minnesota Wild a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Charles Hudon stood out for the defending champions with two assists. Alex Newhook and Martin Kaut also found the back of the net for the Avalanche.

The final score is not representative of the game since Colorado outshot the Wild 41-26.

However, Minnesota was able to capitalize on its power play chances with three goals in eight opportunities.

Nathan Mackinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar were all absent from the game.

The Canes have fun against Tampa

Jesperi Kotkaniemi had two assists in the Carolina Hurricanes’ unequivocal 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Carolina’s special teams hit hard in the second period with back-to-back goals from Andrei Svechnikov and Paul Stastny on the power play to make it 2-0.

Malte Stromwall also hit the target for the Hurricanes with the man advantage. Sebastian Aho and Seth Jarvis are the other Canes scorers in the game.

Carolina bombarded Maxime Lagacé’s net with a total of 46 shots directed in his direction. He gave in on five occasions, he who played the entire meeting.

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