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Panthers win in shootout

AP , RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA

San Jose Sharks' goalkeeper Evgeni Nabokov comes out on the ice during player introductions before the start of a preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings in San Jose, California on Sunday. San Jose defeated Los Angeles 5-4.

PHOTO: AP

Nathan Horton scored the game-winning goal in a shootout as the Florida Panthers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 on Sunday.

Horton slipped the puck beneath Martin Gerber's pads to give the Panthers the win in their first preseason game.

Florida forced the game into a shootout after tying the game on a goal by Rostislav Olesz three minutes into the third period. Carolina forward Kevyn Adams missed a chance to win the game in overtime with about one minute left when his shot went off the crossbar.

Jamie McLennan started in goal for Florida and stopped 11 of 12 shots.

Trailing 2-0, the Hurricanes got four straight goals in the second period by Andrew Hutchinson, Niclas Wallin, Eric Staal and Mike Zigomanis.

Sabres 3, Blue Jackets 2

At Columbus, Ohio, Tim Connolly, Milan Bartovic and Michael Ryan scored for Buffalo and the Sabres' Ryan Miller had a shutout until midway through the third period.

Blue Jackets defenseman Duvie Westcott scored on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle to cut the lead to 3-1. Greg Mauldin then made it 3-2 when he scored in a scrum with just under 6 minutes remaining.

Miller, who finished with 41 saves, stopped Columbus on a power play and a breakaway in the final minutes.

Blackhawks 3, Wild 0

At Chicago, Craig Anderson stopped 25 shots and Eric Daze and Mark Bell scored power-play goals to give.

Minnesota goalie also had 25 saves.

Daze opened the scoring at 4:25 of the first period and Bell converted a rebound from the slot at 9:41. Kyle Calder added a goal 15 seconds into the third.

Canadiens 3, Thrashers 2

At Montreal, Jan Bulis assisted on all three Montreal goals.

Mike Ribeiro, Jonathan Ferland and Marcel Hossa scored for Montreal and Canadiens first-round draft choice Carey Price stopped all nine shots he faced.

Francis Lessard and Jim Slater scored for the Thrashers.

The announced crowd of 16,893 let out a big cheer when the puck was dropped at 7:08 p.m. to mark the return of NHL hockey to Montreal, but it quickly became evident this wasn't the same game that was being played back in 2004.

Senators 5, Maple Leafs 2

At Toronto, Jason Spezza had a goal and two assists to lead Ottawa in the preseason opener for both teams.

Dany Heatley also had two assists in his first game for Ottawa. He was acquired from Atlanta in a trade for Marian Hossa last month.

Nik Antropov and Alexei Ponikarovsky scored for the Maple Leafs, who played in front of their home fans for the first time since the NHL lockout ended.

Sharks 4, Kings 3

At San Jose, California, Ryane Clowe scored with 3:48 remaining for San Jose.

Nils Ekman scored early in the third period for the Sharks to tie the game at 3.

Devin Setoguchi and Wayne Primeau also scored for the Sharks, who hosted a hockey game for the first time since losing to the Calgary Flames in the fifth game of the Western Conference finals on May 17, 2004. Luc Robitaille, Jeff Cowan and Noah Clarke scored for the Kings, who last played on April 4, 2004 -- in San Jose.

Stars 6, Oilers 5, SO

At Edmonton, Alberta, Vojtech Polak scored twice, added two assists and had the shootout winner to lead Dallas.

Matt Nickerson, Yared Hagos and Junior Lessard also scored for Dallas.

Fernando Pisani, Steve Staios, Raffi Torres, Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Zack Stortini scored for Edmonton.

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