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NHL: 4 best stories from Thursday night

10/17/2014 02:12 EDT | Updated 12/16/2014 05:59 EST
It was a successful night for two Canadian teams.

The Montreal Canadiens continued their home-opening dominance over the Boston Bruins, while Clarke MacArthur powered the Ottawa Senators past the Colorado Avalanche.

Here are the best stories from Thursday night:

Habs have Bruins' number

Few matchups live up to the hype. The rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins rarely — if ever — fall into that category and the Bell Centre’s home opener was no exception. Habs goalie Carey Price was busy on and off the ice. First, the team released a dark humoured commercial starring the star goaltender. Price was also part of a special pre-game ceremony where legendary netminder Ken Dryden passed him a torch. The game had several entertaining moments, including the reaction of Jiri Sekac Sr. after his son scored his first NHL goal. The Canadiens went on to defeat Boston 6-4 on the strength of two Brendan Gallagher goals. The Habs' record in home openers against the Bruins now stands at an impressive 9-2-1. But the best — as far as fans of the Habs were concerned — was saved for last. Bruins bruiser Milan Lucic, who allegedly threatened Montreal’s Dale Weise and Alexei Alexei Emelin after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup series last season, was called for a penalty with more than a minute left to preserve the win for Montreal. Let’s just say Lucic wasn’t amused with the call.

MacArthur stars for Senators

Another Canadian team was victorious in their home opener. Powered by a pair of Clarke MacArthur goals, the Senators scored four unanswered goals to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-3. The news on the goalie front only got worse for the Colorado Avalanche, who place starter Semyon Varlamov on injured reserve early in the day. Backup Reto Berra wasn’t in the game for more than three minutes when he was knocked over by Ottawa's Kyle Turris, who was pushed by Colorado’s John Mitchell. That left Calvin Pickard to finish the game, one that he couldn’t win.

Pens' get scare then lose

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ night went from frightening to bizarre to a last-second loss. Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis appears to be fine after leaving the ice on a stretcher in the second period of against the Stars. Late in the third period and the game tied 2-2, Sidney Crosby was called for tripping with less than 10 seconds remaining. At least the Pens would see overtime time, right? Wrong. After the Stars won the draw, forward Tyler Sequin snapped home the winner with 3.9 seconds remaining. Dallas 3, Penguins 2. Wow. 

Tavares continues to produce

The New York Islanders have started the season winning their first four games. That’s not a typo. The Islanders did it again against the previously unbeaten San Jose Sharks (3-0-1). It’s only the third time in franchise history the Islanders have begun the season 4-0. It wasn’t easy but the Islanders dusted off San Jose 4-3 in a shootout at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Who else but John Tavares came through with the decisive shootout goal on some nifty stick work. Tavares, who was hit with a shot earlier in the game, has now registered multiple-point games in all four contests.

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