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Oilers extend win streak
It seems little intimidates the Edmonton Oilers these days, especially the Montreal Canadiens and their success when trailing after two periods. Edmonton scored once in each period en route to its fourth consecutive victory, defeating the NHL East-leading Canadiens (7-2-0) for the first time on home ice since February 2011. Ben Scrivens made 29 saves for his seventh NHL shutout, and has allowed just eight goals in his past five starts after being lit up for 14 goals in his first three outings. Benoit Pouliot, Nail Yakupov and Taylor Hall, with his team-leading fifth goal, scored for Edmonton (4-4-1). Montreal, which entered Monday with a 3-1 mark this season when behind after two periods, continues its three-game Western Canada road trip on Tuesday in Calgary.
Wild night in Manhattan
In New York, the hometown Rangers began a stretch of 10 of 13 games at Madison Square Garden in thrilling fashion by scoring five times in the third period to beat Minnesota 5-3. It marked the first time in 10 years the Wild (4-3-0) have given up five goals in a period. It was also the first time Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper, who entered the game with three shutouts this month, surrendered more than two goals this season. Rick Nash scored his ninth goal for New York (5-4-0) and shares the NHL lead with Anaheim’s Corey Perry.
It was an uncharacteristically rough game between teams from separate conferences that only meet twice a season. Rangers forwards Chris Kreider and John Moorecould face supplemental discipline for separate incidents. Kreider was ejected in the final minute of the first period for boarding defenceman Jonas Brodin. Moore was kicked out midway through the second for a blatant hit to the head of forward Erik Haula that resulted in a match penalty.
John Scott to sit 2 games
San Jose Sharks enforcer John Scott was handed his second NHL suspension and will miss games this week at Colorado and Minnesota for leaving the bench to start a fight with Anaheim’s Tim Jackman on Sunday night. Scott racked up a game-high 22 penalty minutes and will forfeit $17,073.18, per the league's collective bargaining agreement, based on his average annual salary. The 32-year-old Edmonton native was barred seven games last season for an illegal hit to the head of Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson. The six-foot-eight, 270-pound Scott is playing for his fifth team in seven NHL seasons and has seven points in 241 regular-season games.