Sweden to host NHL season openers

The NHL will play season openers in Europe for the fifth consecutive year with Sweden's capital Stockholm set to host two games in the three city, four club tour.

Sweden to host NHL season openers
Swede Henrik Lundqvist in goal for the New York Rangers

Berlin and Helsinki will complete the tour of matches and welcome the NHL stars in what is becoming a traditional curtain raiser for the NHL season.

The New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings

will play two games each in Europe.

The Kings and Rangers will lock horns on October 7th in Stockholm while the

Sabres and Ducks play the same day in Helsinki, Finland.

The next day the Ducks and Rangers square off in Stockholm, while the Sabres and Kings will face off in Berlin’s new 02 World Arena.

The format is a change from the old system where teams played each other in the same venue two times.

“It’s going to be very exciting,” said Swedish Olympic goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who plays for the Rangers. “To go to Sweden is going to be very special.”

On October 4th, the Ducks play an exhibition game against the Finland’s Jokerit, the former club team of Ducks forward Teemu Selanne. The same day, the Kings play an exhibition game in Hamburg, Germany.

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It’s official: Sweden’s Lundqvist is the NHL’s best goalie

Sweden's Henrik Lundqvist made 12 straight saves to win the goaltender competition at the NHL all-star game's skill night.

It's official: Sweden's Lundqvist is the NHL's best goalie
Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers celebrates winning the Ticketmaster NHL Save Streak during the 2019 SAP NHL All-Star Skills contest on Friday in San Jose, California. Photo: Thearon W. Hender
The New York Rangers goalie knocked off Russian Olympian Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who held the lead through several rounds after stopping the first eight shots he faced. 
The skill contests held on Friday night in San Jose, California also saw Edmonton Oilers speedster Connor McDavid win his third straight fastest skater title in a competition that included a female participant for the first time.
Canada's McDavid charged around the rink in just 13.37 seconds to eclipse Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel, who finished in 13.58 seconds at the SAP Center arena.
Kendall Coyne, who plays on the American women's national team, was invited to take part and finished seventh out of eight skaters, beating out Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller. Coyne cruised to a time of 14.34 seconds while Keller, who has 11 goals and 35 points with the Coyotes this season, finished in 14.52. 
“I thought she was unbelievable,” McDavid said. “She was absolutely flying out there.” 
Last year, Coyne's teammate Hilary Knight did the accuracy shooting drill, but her impressive time wasn't included in the official results.
Johnny Gaudreau defended his title in the puck control contest with a time of 27.045, and John Carlson, who captured a Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals last season, won the hardest shot contest with a blast of 102.8 mph.
The NHL all-star game will take place on Sunday.