The Montreal Canadiens ended a two-game skid with a 3-1 victory over the visiting Columbus BlueJackets to reclaim sole possession of the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Forward Max Pacioretty scored twice for his fourth multi-goal game of the season. The 26-year-old currently has a league leading plus-minus of 33 and now has 29 goals.
It was a bit of a rough night at the Bell Centre. Notably, forward Christian Thomas got into his first career NHL fight when he took on Matt Calvert in a pretty decent tilt.
Senators break cycle
The Ottawa Senators won theirsecond consecutive game for the first time since Jan. 3, decisively defeating the Florida Panthers 4-1.
It was a team effort that saw Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson each score their 14th of the season, Bobby Ryan net his 15th and rookie Curtis Lazar notch his third.
Turris had a hand in three of Ottawa’s four goals with his first three-point night of the season. The 25-year-old had a goal and two assists to help break his team’s seven week win-lose cycle.
Stadium Series takes hold of California
In the lone Stadium Series match of 2015, the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks met at Levi’s Stadium in front of an crowd of over 70,000 to battle for a playoff position.
Heading into Saturday’s spectacle, the reigning Stanley Cup champions were two points out of a playoff spot while the Sharks held the lastwild card spot in the West with 68 points.
The Kings further stressed the playoff battle with a 2-1 victory that tied the Sharks and gave them their seventh win in a row. With three games in hand, Los Angeles jumped the Sharks to move into the 3rd spot in the Pacific division thanks to Marian Gaborik’s game winning slapshot.