PHILADELPHIA – Prized free-agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, making his first appearance as a Flyer, allowed stick-side goals to Juraj Mikus, Matt Frattin and Joe Colborne, as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Philadelphia, 4-2, on Wednesday.
Displaying a new Philadelphia-themed mask, Bryzgalov, who signed a US$51-million, nine-year contract in June, received a loud ovation from a sparse crowd when introduced.
But he was a bit shaky, as Mikus, pinching in from the point, beat him top shelf with a wrist shot at 15:54 of the first.
Frattin whacked a rolling puck past him from 20 feet out at 14:31 of the second, as the two teams completed a two-day, home-and-home, pre-season split.
Ben Scrivens and Jonas Gustavsson combined for 21 saves and Colby Armstrong had two assists as the Maple Leafs (2-1) concluded a stretch of three games in three days. Colborne and Frattin added insurance goals in the third. The latter was an empty netter.
PITTSBURGH (AP)—Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist in his first NHL game action in more than seven months, and Pittsburgh beat Detroit in the pre-season opener for both teams.
Malkin, a former NHL scoring champion, didn’t play after Feb. 5 when he tore an ACL and joined star teammate Sidney Crosby on the sideline down the stretch and into the playoffs.
Chris Kunitz and Matt Niskanen also scored for Pittsburgh (1-0). Niklas Kronwall and Jiri Hudler scored for the Red Wings (0-1) and Pavel Datsyuk had two assists.
Crosby has not been cleared for contact workouts due to a concussion.
Jordan Staal and Brooks Orpik did not play for Pittsburgh, while Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg didn’t dress for Detroit.
OTTAWA (AP)—Mika Zibanejad scored 3:17 into overtime to give Ottawa a pre-season victory over Boston.
The sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, Zibanejad took a cross-ice feed from Brian Lee and fired a slap shot past Boston’s Tuukka Rask.
Lee scored the other goal for Ottawa, while Nick Foligno had two assists.
Lane MacDermid scored for the Bruins, who got 34 saves from Rask.
Craig Anderson, making his pre-season debut, allowed one goal on 11 shots for Ottawa. Alex Auld played the second half of the game for the Senators, stopping all 14 shots he faced.
MacDermid scored at the seven-minute mark of the second period and the Senators tied it just over a minute later when Lee beat Rask through a screen.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)—Patrik Elias scored 45 seconds into overtime to lift New Jersey to a win over New York in the pre-season opener for both teams.
Set up by Zach Parise’s pass, Elias tapped the game-winner past Cam Talbot after the Rangers turned it over in their zone.
The Rangers didn’t manage a shot until 8:08 in the first period, but finally tied the game at 15:49 in the third.
Artem Anisimov sent the puck to Dale Weise from the corner, and Weise beat goalie Jeff Frazee from just in front of the left circle to tie it at 1-all.
Former New Jersey draft pick Petr Sykora—who shined here as a member of the AHL’s Albany River Rats in the mid-1990s—beat Henrik Lundqvist at 11:34 of the first period on a wrister from the right circle to put the Devils ahead 1-0.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Alexandre Giroux scored on the power play with 2:24 left in overtime and Columbus survived a late rally to beat Washington in a pre-season game.
Maksim Mayorov had a goal and an assist, and Cam Atkinson and David Savard also scored for Columbus.
Jeff Halpern and Roman Hamrlik both had a goal and assist, and Andrew Carroll scored for Washington. Alex Ovechkin didn’t play for the Capitals.
Carroll and Hamrlik scored through traffic in the final 2:26 of regulation to make it 3-3.
Steven Mason went the distance for Columbus, finishing with 27 saves. The Capitals’ Braden Holtby played the first two periods and stopped 12 of 14 shots.
MONTREAL (AP)—Christian Ehrhoff had a goal and an assist to lead Buffalo to a pre-season victory over Montreal.
Jason Pominville scored in the first period and Tyler Ennis got an empty-net goal in the final seconds.
Ryan Miller stopped all 11 shots he faced in his first pre-season start. Jhonas Enroth made 12 saves in relief for his second straight win.
P.K. Subban scored a power-play goal for Montreal late in the second.
Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty played for the first time since he suffered a broken vertebra on a devastating hit by Boston’s Zdeno Chara on March 8.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)—Adam Cracknell scored a tiebreaking goal with 2:20 to play and Chris Stewart had a goal and two assists as St. Louis beat Tampa Bay in an exhibition game.
Nikita Nikitin and Ian Cole added power-play goals for the Blues, while Tampa Bay got extra-man goals from Marc-Andre Bergeron, Cory Conacher and Eric Brewer.
Dwayne Roloson, the Lightning’s No. 1 goalie, played the first 30 minutes and allowed one goal on nine shots in his pre-season debut.
The Blues went up 4-3 when Cracknell scored from in close.
Conacher and Stewart traded goals midway through the third before Brewer beat goalie Ben Bishop to pull the Lightning even at 3 at 14:41.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Logan Couture scored two of San Jose’s six consecutive goals in the final two periods, and Thomas Greiss made 19 saves in the Sharks’ pre-season victory over Anaheim.
Andrew Murray and Sean Sullivan scored third-period power-play goals for the Sharks, who also got goals from Jason Demers and Tommy Wingels. Ryane Clowe and Justin Braun both had two assists.
Newcomer Andrew Gordon scored Anaheim’s only goal late in the first period. Reigning NHL MVP Corey Perry made his pre-season debut along with linemates Bobby Ryan and captain Ryan Getzlaf.
Jeff Deslauriers made 12 saves for the Ducks before Iiro Tarkki gave up four goals on 14 shots.
Coyotes (ss) 2, Kings (ss) 1, SO
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in the fourth round of the shootout to give Phoenix a victory over Los Angeles in a split-squad pre-season game.
After Louis Domingue turned away Scott Parse’s attempt, Ekman-Larsson beat Martin Jones’ glove side with a wrist shot for the winner. Kings captain Dustin Brown and Phoenix’s Andy Miele each converted in the second round of the shootout.
Ethan Werek opened the scoring at 8:21 of the first period off a feed from Darian Dziurynski. Los Angeles countered on Viatcheslav Voynov’s power-play goal early in the second, with Brown and Mike Richards drawing assists.
Justin Pogge started in net for Phoenix and stopped 27 of 28 shots before being replaced to begin the third.
Jonathan Quick, the Kings’ No. 1 goaltender, allowed a goal on 13 shots in 40 minutes.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Dustin Penner scored with 49 seconds left in the third period to give Los Angeles a victory over Phoenix in a split-squad pre-season game.
Penner shot eluded Jason LaBarbera’s glove and trickled into the net.
Down 2-1, the Kings responded with two third-period goals for the win.
Tyler Toffoli redirected Patrick Mullen’s shot on goal with Los Angeles on the power play at 14:14 of the final period.
That came less than four minutes after captain Shane Doan put Phoenix ahead.