The Los Angeles Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in a shootout to win both of the NHL's first preseason games in China. Saturday's game in Beijing caps a push by the National Hockey League to popularize the sport in China ahead of the country's hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympics. Game MVP Jake Muzzin opened the scoring for the Kings in the first period.
The Vancouver Canucks cut 10 players from their pre-season roster on Saturday, including defenceman Jordan Subban. Joining Subban on the trip back to the Utica Comets are Michael Carcone, Yan-Pavel Laplante, Evan McEneny, Zack MacEwen, Griffin Molino and Ashton Sautner. Three other players cut — Alexis D’Aoust, Aaron Irving and Brett McKenzie — will attend the Comets training camp.
MAPLE LEAFS 3, SABRES 1 In Buffalo, Kasperi Kapanen had a goal and an assist in the third period to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-1 win over the Sabres. Tied 1-1 after two periods, Kapanen's goal 58 seconds into the third was the game-winner. He added a secondary assist on Nikita Soshnikov's empty-netter with 1:10 left. James van Riemsdyk also scored for the Maple Leafs. Toronto starter Frederik Andersen made 17 saves in the first two periods. Reserve Kasimir Kaskisuo was credited with the win after stopping all seven shots he faced in the third. Hudson Fasching scored for Buffalo, and Robin Lehner stopped 30 shots. SENATORS 5, CANADIENS 1 In Ottawa, Logan Brown had two goals and an assist