WINNIPEG – Mark Scheifele had two goals and two assists, and the Winnipeg Jets won their first NHL pre-season game at home, posting a 6-1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
Paul Postma also had a goal and three assists in the split-squad game before a jubilant crowd of 15,004 at MTS Centre. Columbus won the matchup in Ohio 5-1.
Jets captain Andrew Ladd, Kevin Clark and Ivan Telegin also scored.
Ryan Johansen had Columbus’ goal.
The Jets left Winnipeg after the 1995-96 season to become the Phoenix Coyotes, leaving fans to adopt the American Hockey League Manitoba Moose that fall.
When the announcement came last May that Moose owner True North Sports and Entertainment had purchased the Atlanta Thrashers and was moving them to the Manitoba capital, it sent the city into a frenzy of anticipation.
Even the game’s first fight 37 seconds into the first period got the fans roaring as Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien went at it with Cody Bass.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Evander Kane scored for Winnipeg, but Maksim Mayorov had a goal and an assist to help Columbus get the win in the split-squad pre-season opener for both clubs.
Kane flicked home a backhand at 6:21 of the second period for Winnipeg’s first goal since 1996, the year the NHL left town for Phoenix.
Nick Holden scored in the first period, and Boone Jenner, Mayorov, Antoine Vermette and Samuel Pahlsson added second-period goals for the Blue Jackets.
BALTIMORE (AP)—Chris Mueller had a goal and an assist to power Nashville to the victory in the first hockey game in Baltimore since 1997.
Niclas Bergfors had a pair of assists for the Predators (2-1), who were playing their third game in two days after facing Florida in a doubleheader.
It was the first of seven pre-season games for Washington (0-1). The Capitals used several of their stars, including Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who went the distance.
Pekka Rinne started in goal for Nashville before being replaced by Jeremy Smith around the halfway point of the second period.
TORONTO (AP)—Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves to lead Philadelphia Flyers to the exhibition victory.
The Flyers scored three times in the second period, with forwards Zac Rinaldo, Wayne Simmonds and Mike Testwuide beating Leafs goalie James Reimer in an 11-minute span.
Sean Couturier scored in the third period, and Flyers defenceman Matt Carle had a pair of assists.
The pre-season matchup featured two pairs of brothers going to head to head, with established NHLers Luke Schenn and Phil Kessel suiting up for Toronto against Philadelphia prospects Brayden Schenn and Blake Kessel.
VANCOUVER (AP)—Jordan Schroeder scored the tying goal early in the third period and had an assist on first-round draft pick Nicklas Jensen’s go-ahead score for Vancouver.
Marco Sturm had a goal and an assist in his Canucks debut after signing as a free agent, and defenceman Chris Tanev scored on a short-handed 2-on-1.
Niklas Hagman scored twice, and Mikael Backlund had the other goal for Calgary. Leland Irving made 18 saves while playing the entire split-squad game.
CALGARY (AP)—Alex Tanguay and Tom Kostopoulos each had a goal and an assist, helping Calgary cruise to the split-squad win.
Greg Nemisz, Rene Bourque and Lee Stempniak also scored for Calgary, which used a much more veteran-laden lineup than Vancouver.
Mark Mancari scored for the Canucks, whose lineup was comprised mainly of rookies and other training camp hopefuls.
Miikka Kiprusoff made nine saves to record the win and even picked up an assist on Bourque’s goal.
Manny Legace got the start for Vancouver, allowing three goals on 22 shots.
EDMONTON (AP)—Jared Spurgeon scored a pair of goals, including the power-play winner with 1:46 remaining in the third period, and the Wild started the pre-season with a victory.
Spurgeon’s goal came with Taylor Hall in the penalty box for inadvertently high-sticking Justin Falk while swinging at a loose puck.
Jarod Palmer and Pierre-Marc Bouchard also scored for the Wild.
Anton Lander, Magnus Paajarvi and Antti Tyrvainen scored for the Oilers, who played a split-squad game, with the other team playing at the same time against Chicago in Saskatoon.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Patrick O’Sullivan had two goals and a pair of assists to lift Phoenix to the victory over Anaheim in both teams’ pre-season opener.
Andy Miele also scored and had two assists for the Coyotes. Brett Hextall and Maxim Goncharov each had a goal and an assist.
Andrew Cogliano and Kyle Palmieri each had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who pulled within 5-4 on Nate Guenin’s power-play tally midway through the third.
League MVP Corey Perry did not suit up for the Ducks.
MONTREAL (AP)—Brenden Morrow, Adam Pardy and Michael Ryder scored first-period goals to send Dallas past Montreal in the pre-season opener for both teams.
Krys Barch put Dallas up 4-0 when he beat Carey Price 4:04 into the second. Mike Ribeiro scored the Stars’ second power-play goal on Nathan Lawson at 16:24, ending a run of three straight Montreal scores. Matt Fraser scored late in the third.
Dallas’ Tyler Beskorowany stopped the six shots he faced after replacing Andrew Raycroft 10:14 into the second.
Erik Cole got his first Canadiens goal, Andrei Kostitsyn scored with the man-advantage and former Dallas defenceman Jeff Woywitka beat Raycroft before both teams changed goalies midway through the second.
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Evgeny Grachev scored two goals and St. Louis topped Tampa Bay in the pre-season opener for both teams.
Matt D’Agostini also scored for St. Louis, and Brian Elliott made 21 saves in his Blues debut after signing as a free agent on July 1. Jamie Langenbrunner and David Backes each had two assists.
Steve Downie had a power-play goal for the Lightning, and Mathieu Garon and Jaroslav Janus split the game in goal for Tampa Bay.
D’Agostini snapped a shot past Janus with 3:07 remaining in the second, giving the Blues a 2-1 lead.
Oilers (ss) 4, Blackhawks 2
SASKATOON (AP)—Josh Green scored a pair of goals and an Edmonton Oilers split squad defeated Chicago.
Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist for Edmonton, while Jordan Eberle also scored. No. 1 overall draft pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added an assist.
Rostislav Olesz and Jamal Mayers scored for Chicago.
Edmonton’s other split-squad team lost 4-3 at home to the Minnesota Wild.