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Travis Konecny helps Flyers beat Blackhawks in Prague

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Travis Konecny helps Flyers beat Blackhawks in Prague

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PRAGUE (AP) – Travis Konecny ​​scored two goals and coach Alain Vigneault won his Philadelphia debut, leading the Flyers to a 4-3 win over Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Oskar Lindblom and Michael Raffl also scored for the Flyers in front of a sold out crowd of 17,463 tickets at Prague's O2 Arena as part of the NHL Global Series. Carter Hart stopped 28 shots.

It was the first regular season game outside of North America in Philadelphia's 52-year history.

Patrick Kane had one goal and two assists for Chicago, which opened the 2009-10 season in Finland. Alex Nylander and Alex DeBrincat also scored.

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Vigneault became the 21st coach in Flyers history in April. He also coached Montreal, Vancouver and the New York Rangers.

CAPITALS 2, ISLANDS 1

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) – T.J. Oshie scored the decisive goal, Ilya Samsonov stopped 25 kicks in his NHL debut and Washington spoiled the season's New York debut.

Jakub Vrana scored his second goal in two games to help Capital stay perfect.

Devon Toews scored for the islanders and Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves.

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LEAFS 4, BLUE COATS 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Mitch Marner scored twice and added assist, Frederik Andersen made 28 saves and Toronto beat Columbus.

Auston Matthews had a goal and a couple of assists, and Cody Ceci – who came from Ottawa on a off-season trade – landed his first goal as a Maple Leaf. Cam Atkinson scored for the Blue Jackets at the opening of the sixth consecutive season, the NHL's longest running streak.

JETS 5, DEVIL 4, SO

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler scored goals and Winnipeg spoiled Jack Hughes's # 1 debut overall, recovering from a 4-0 deficit to beat New Jersey.

Dmitry Kulikov, Jack Roslovic, Mathieu Perreault and Neal Pionk scored in the regulation, and Laurent Brossoit made 35 saves for the Jets. Blake Coleman scored two goals for New Jersey, including a spectacular one-handed drop kick. Nilita Gusev also scored in his first NHL game, Sami Vatanen scored a goal and rookie P.K. Subban had two assists.

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