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Return to Play exhibition slate closes, playoffs start tomorrow

Vegas, Columbus and Nashville post wins

Vegas Golden Knights v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

The National Hockey League’s three-day slate of exhibition games ended yesterday with the final three tune-up games played in Edmonton and Toronto.

The Nashville Predators got a pair of goals from Viktor Arvidsson and Juuse Saros and Pekka Rinne combined for a 26-save shutout in a 2-0 win over the Dallas Stars at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

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Boone Jenner, Zach Werenski, Gustav Nyquist and Alexandre Texier scored, and Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins combined for 23 saves for the Columbus Blue Jackets in a rather easy 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins. David Pastrnak scored the only Boston goal.

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Our old friend Reilly Smith scored a shorthanded goal and a power-play marker in the first period to power the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Marc-Andre Fleury went the distance and made 22 saves for the Golden Knights.

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Today is an off-day before the Qualifying Round opens on Saturday with five games on tap, including Game 1 of the Florida Panthers series against the New York Islanders.