Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Canadiens have a better night

MONTREAL — Tomas Plekanec scored a shorthanded goal in the third period to lift the Canadiens to a 5-4 win over the Flyers on Saturday, one night after Montreal suffered one of the worst loses in franchise history.

Andrei Markov, Greg Pateryn, Alex Galchenyuk and Phillip Danault also scored for Montreal, and Carey Price stopped 34 of 38 shots.

The Canadiens were coming off a 10-0 drubbing at the hands of the Blue Jackets on Friday, tied for the worst loss in team history and the first time Montreal conceded 10 goals since Dec. 2, 1995. Their 14 goals allowed in their past two games is their most in back-to-back games since they gave up 15 on Feb. 5-6, 1997, Canada's Sportsnet TV network said.

The Canadiens (10-1-1), whose Friday loss was their first in regulation this season, remained perfect at home at 7-0-0.

Chris VandeVelde, Shayne Gostisbehere, Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny scored for Philadelphia, which saw its three-game winning streak snapped. Michal Neuvirth made 12 saves.

Plekanec scored the eventual winner at 10:57 of the third while the Canadiens were down a man. Streaking down the wing, the center beat Neuvirth for his first goal of the season.

Game highlights: Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes each scored shorthanded goals, Antti Raanta made 35 saves and the surging Rangers beat the host Bruins 5-2. New York won its fourth straight and seventh in its past eight. … T.J. Oshie scored twice, including the winner during a third-period flurry, as the host Capitals beat the Panthers 4-2 for their fifth consecutive victory. Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo was arguably the best player on the ice, making 32 saves on 36 shots, but he was on the wrong end of some mistakes by an injury-riddled Panthers lineup.… Vladimir Tarasenko scored the winner late in overtime to lift the host Blues to a 2-1 victory over the Blue Jackets. … Tyler Bozak scored twice and had an assist to lead the host Maple Leafs to a 6-3 victory over Vancouver, handing the Canucks their eighth straight loss. The fight-filled game had 124 minutes in penalties and included a goalie skirmish between Vancouver's Ryan Miller and Toronto's Frederik Andersen that got both of them ejected. Vancouver is 0-7-1 while getting shut out four times since beating Buffalo on Oct. 20. … Mark Letestu scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Oilers to a 4-3 victory over the host Islanders. The Islanders have lost three straight, including the last two in shootouts. … Gabriel Landeskog scored with 9:37 left, Calvin Pickard stopped 32 shots for his second NHL shutout, and the host Avalanche beat the Wild 1-0. … Kyle Okposo and Sam Reinhart scored in the third period to help the Sabres rally for their fourth win in five games, 2-1 over the host Senators.

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