Dougie Hamilton had two assists in his New Jersey Devils debut, a 7-1 preseason win against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Friday.
The defenseman, who agreed to a seven-year, $63 million contract ($9 million average annual value) on July 28, assisted on Tyce Thompson‘s goal in the first period and Pavel Zacha‘s power-play goal in the third period. Hamilton had five shots and played a Devils-high 23:53.
“It felt good out there,” Hamilton told MSG Network. “I played here a couple times on the other side, but it definitely feels better on this side. … I’m excited to make this my home and feel comfortable here.”
Tomas Tatar, P.K. Subban and Zacha each had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Bernier made 24 saves for the Devils. Tatar made his New Jersey debut.
Mika Zibanejad scored, and Igor Shesterkin allowed four goals on 20 shots for the Rangers. Adam Huska made 11 saves in relief.
Panthers 6, Stars 3: The Florida Panthers scored four first-period goals in a 6-3 preseason win against the Dallas Stars at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida on Friday.
Aleksander Barkov, Markus Nutivaara, Kevin Connauton, MacKenzie Weegar gave Florida a 4-0 lead. Jonathan Huberdeau and Sam Reinhart scored, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 11 saves for the Panthers, who are 4-0-0 this preseason. Christopher Gibson made 14 saves.
Denis Gurianov, Jason Robertson and Mavrik Bourque scored for Dallas, which has lost its three preseason games. Anton Khudobin made 30 saves.
Penguins 2, Sabres 1: Craig Anderson made 18 saves for the Buffalo Sabres in a 2-1 preseason loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at KeyBank Center in Buffalo on Friday.
Dominik Simon and Michael Chaput scored for Pittsburgh, Casey DeSmith did not allow a goal facing 11 shots, and Louis Domingue made 20 saves.
Tage Thompson scored for Buffalo, and Dustin Tokarski made six saves in relief.
Senators 7, Canadiens 2: Alex Formenton had two goals and an assist for the Ottawa Senators in a 7-2 preseason win against the Montreal Canadiens at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Friday.
Josh Norris and Drake Batherson each had a goal and two assists, and Matt Murray made 25 saves in his preseason debut for the Senators.
Jonathan Drouin and Chris Wideman each had two assists, and Jake Allen allowed six goals on 29 shots in two periods for the Canadiens. Kevin Poulin made four saves in relief.
Lightning 8, Hurricanes 5: Gabriel Fortier scored a hat trick, and Corey Perry scored his first two goals for the Tampa Bay Lightning in an 8-5 preseason win against the Carolina Hurricanes at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Friday.
Fortier’s second goal gave the Lightning a 6-5 lead 11:54 into the third period, and he completed the hat trick with a shorthanded goal at 16:33 to make it 7-5.
Perry, who signed a two-year contract July 29, made it 8-5 at 18:18.
Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat each had a goal and two assists, Nikita Kucherov had three assists, and Hugo Alnefelt made 39 saves for Tampa Bay.
C.J. Smith had two goals and an assist, and Antti Raanta made 18 saves for Carolina.