Wild top Avalanche behind Zuccarello's 3 points.
By The Associated Press
Mats Zuccarello scored the deciding goal and had two assists to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night in NHL preseason play in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Zuccarello, signed to five-year, $30 million free agent contract by the Wild on July 1, assisted on goals by Jason Zucker and Eric Staal in the second period. Matt Dumba also scored for Minnesota, and Devan Dubnyk had 30 saves.
Ty Lewis, Jayson Megna and Conor Timmins scored for Colorado, and Pavel Francouz stopped 22 shots.
The game was Wild captain Mikko Koivu's first since last February, when he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. Koivu had two penalty minutes and blocked a shot in 16:41.
BLUE JACKETS BEAT PENGUINS 3-1
In Columbus, Ohio, Joonas Korpisalo stopped 24 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1.
Juuso Riikola scored for Pittsburgh, and Casey DeSmith finished with 19 saves.
CAPITALS HOLD OFF HURRICANES
In Washington, Brian Pinho scored two goals, including the game-winner 8:31 into the third period to help the Washington Capitals top the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2.
Brett Leason also scored for Washington, and Ilya Samsonov finished with 13 saves.
HAYES HELPS FLYERS BEAT RANGERS
In Philadelphia, Kevin Hayes scored against his former team, Jake Voracek had a goal and two assists and the Flyers beat the New York Rangers 4-1.
Nick Jones scored for the Rangers and Igor Shesterkin stoped 36 shots.
It was the first time Hayes and Philadelphia coach Alain Vigneault faced the Rangers since their departures. Vigneault was fired following the final game of the 2017-18 season and Hayes was traded to Winnipeg on Feb. 25. Hayes' rights as an impending free agent were dealt to Philadelphia after the season and he subsequently signed a new deal.
BOQVIST SCORES 2 AS DEVILS BEAT ISLANDERS
In Newark, New Jersey, Jesper Boqvist scored twice to help the New Jersey Devils beat the New York Islanders 4-3.
Nikita Gusev and Will Butcher also scored for New Jersey, and Cory Schneider had 42 saves.
Leo Komarov, Mathew Barzal and Otto Koivula scored for the Islanders. Thomas Greiss started and gave up three goals on 11 shots through the first two periods, and Jared Coreau made nine saves in the third.
OLOFSSON SCORES 2 AS SABRES BEAT MAPLE LEAFS
In Buffalo, New York, Victor Olofsson scored twice, including the game-winner with 2:36 left, as the Buffalo Sabres topped the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3.
KINKAID, CANADIENS SHUT OUT SENATORS
OTTAWA - Keith Kinkaid stopped all 27 shots he faced as the Montreal Canadiens shut out the Ottawa Senators 4-0 on Saturday night.
The Canadiens improved to a perfect 4-0-0 in this year's pre-season with the win.
Craig Anderson stopped 27-of-29 shots through two periods of play and was the only reason the game was close as the Senators (2-1-0) were being heavily outplayed. Joey Daccord gave up two goals on five shots in the third period.
PACIORETTY LEADS GOLDEN KNIGHTS PAST SHARKS
In San Jose, California, Max Pacioretty had a goal and two assists to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-1 win over the Sharks.
Antti Suomela scored for San Jose, and Martin Jones stopped 26 shots.
GRECO SCORES 2, PANTHERS BLANK STARS
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, Anthony Greco scored twice and the Florida Panthers beat the Dallas Stars 6-0.
PREDATORS STUN LIGHTNING IN OT
In Nashville, Tennessee, Rem Pitlick's unassisted goal 1:39 into overtime gave the Nashville Predators a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Pekka Rinne made 17 saves for Nashville.
BLACKHAWKS SLIP PAST BRUINS
In Chicago, Patrick Kane's goal 3:04 into overtime pushed the Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins.
KINGS TOP CANUCKS IN HIGH-SCORING GAME
In Salt Lake City, Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Michael Amadio scored two goals apiece to help the Los Angeles Kings outlast the Vancouver Canucks, 7-5.
COYOTES OUTLAST DUCKS IN SHOOTOUT
Schmaltz and Garland were the only skaters to score in the tiebreaker.
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Updated September 22, 2019