Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Sens creep closer to first-place Canadiens

TORONTO — Mark Stone had a goal and four assists, Derick Brassard scored twice in the third period and the Senators recovered after blowing a two-goal lead to beat the Maple Leafs 6-3 on Saturday night.

The Senators pulled within two points of the Canadiens for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Ottawa led 2-0 after one period but trailed 3-2 in the third before getting a tying goal from Mike Hoffman and a power-play goal from Brassard. Stone and Brassard added empty-netters, and Chris Wideman and Ryan Dzingel also scored for the Senators.

Ottawa has won four of five overall and three of four against the Leafs this season. Craig Anderson stopped 34 shots.

Morgan Rielly, Nazem Kadri and William Nylander scored and Auston Matthews had two assists for the Maple Leafs. Frederik Andersen allowed four goals on 40 shots.

Canadiens lose Julien's debut: Patrik Laine and Mathieu Perreault each had a goal and an assist, leading the Jets to a 3-1 victory over the host Canadiens in Claude Julien's first game back behind the Montreal bench.

The Canadiens fired coach Michel Therrien on Tuesday and hired Julien, who had been fired by the Bruins on Feb. 7, in hopes of getting their season back on track. Julien also coached Montreal from 2003-06.

But Julien's first game back was more of the same for the Canadiens, who have lost three in a row and seven of eight but remain in first in the Atlantic Division.

"We were in between in a lot of areas," Julien said. "We weren't quite sure. And that's not system. It's confidence. We need to find our confidence in the next couple of days. This team is a much better team than what you saw today."

Game highlights: Henrik Zetterberg scored the shootout winner in the fifth round and the host Red Wings, last in the Eastern Conference, ended the first-place Capitals' winning streak at six games with a 3-2 victory. Washington followed a league-wide trend for teams coming off a bye. Entering the weekend, teams were 3-9-2 in their first game after a five-day break. … Cam Talbot made 38 saves, league points leader Connor McDavid scored his 20th goal and the Oilers beat the host Blackhawks 3-1 for their third straight win. Edmonton opened a season-high six-game road trip, which includes a stop at Amalie Arena against the Lightning on Tuesday. … Robin Lehner stopped 37 shots and the host Sabres snapped the Blues' six-game winning streak with a 3-2 win.

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