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Quick Hits: Stop the presses, New Jersey won a (preseason) shootout

Chad Johnson, Patrik Elias

New York Islanders goalie Chad Johnson (30) stops a shot by New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias (26) in the third period of a preseason NHL hockey game Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in New York. The Islanders won 3-2 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Paul Bereswill)


The NHL’s 2014 preseason is starting to wind down, which means players are buckling down and/or just crossing their fingers that they won’t get injured with the start of the “real” games rapidly approaching. Here are a few quick hits of tonight’s action and maybe a nugget or two that isn’t necessarily material for a full post.

(Feel free to suggest other highlights/bloopers in the comments, too.)

Travis Zajac was the only player to score in that shootout. Video will be added of that shootout triumph if it’s made available.

Either way, not a great sign for his development. It’s not too late for him at 22, yet many were likely hoping for him to make the jump far sooner.

  • Andre Burakovsky’s hoping to make enough of an impact to stick with the Washington Capitals this season. Not many players on the Capitals - or really, in the NHL - can fire off a wicked shot like this:


Barry Trotz essentially told the Washingtron Post that it was too early to pencil him into the lineup earlier this week, but after tonight? Well, things sound pretty favorable:

  • Nice save here by Winnipeg Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson:

More than a few people wonder if he’ll be a better option in net than embattled No. 1 netminder Ondrej Pavelec. Will he get a fair shot to prove them right, though?

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