Yegor Chinakhov opened the scoring 16:28 into the game and Adam Boqvist’s first of the preseason at 4:10 of the third extended the lead to 2-0. Emil Bemstrom’s wrist shot goal at 17:43 of the third ended the scoring.
Despite outplaying Columbus for much of the game, the Penguins lost because they could not solve the Blue Jackets’ goaltending tandem.
Pittsburgh did not have its full complement of stars for their exhibition season opener as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are recuperating from surgeries. Crosby had surgery on his left wrist on Sept. 8 and is expected to miss six weeks while Malkin will miss the first two months of the season after having knee surgery.
CANADIENS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 2
Michael Pezzetta also scored twice, including an empty-net goal, for the Canadiens.
BLUES 2, STARS 1, OT
In St. Louis, Sam Anas’ goal 1:43 into overtime powered St. Louis to a win over Dallas.
Off-season trade acquisition Pavel Buchnevich also scored for the Blues. His power play goal at 19:01 of the second tied the game at 1-1.
Joel Hoffer made 11 saves and was credited with the win. He replaced No. 1 goaltender Jordan Binnington, who played the first period and recorded 12 saves on 13 shots.
Riley Tufte scored Dallas’ lone goal, and goaltenders Braden Holtby and Jake Oettinger split time in goal. Holtby started and played the opening 40 minutes, making 15 saves on 16 shots. Oettinger, who replaced Holtby for the third period and overtime, stopped 12 of 13 shots but allowed Anas’ game-winner.
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