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NHL: 3 stories from Monday night

11/11/2014 12:40 EST | Updated 01/10/2015 05:59 EST
The Calgary Flames, at the end of a long road trip, were the only Canadian team playing in the NHL on a night that saw just two games, in Raleigh, N.C., and Boston. After a nice start against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Flames flickered in the second period.

Here are three stories from Monday night:

Flames flicker at end of road swing

With seven wins in 10 road starts, the Calgary Flames wanted to finish off a five-game road swing with another positive performance against the Hurricanes, but they ran out of steam, falling 4-1.

A David Jones power-play goal gave the Flames a first-period lead before Carolina tied it on Zach Boychuk's third goal of the season with 2:30 left in the opening frame.

It was in the second period that the Flames wilted, allowing a power-play goal by Justin Faulk and Jeff Skinner's 100th NHL marker as the Hurricanes began to pull away.

Hurricanes have turned season around

The last NHL team to post a victory, the Hurricanes' main problem in the early going was a lack of home games. After an 0-6-2 start, which included only two games at PNC Arena, Carolina finally broke through with a home shutout against Arizona on Nov. 1.

The calendar change proved a big deal as the victory over Calgary gave the Hurricanes five victories in their first six games since the beginning of the month.

Faulk had a goal and two assists, the second helper on Jeff Skinner's 100th NHL goal that made it 3-1 for Carolina.

Tim Gleason scored his first of the season for the Hurricanes to complete the scoring while goalie Cam Ward picked up the win as Carolina moved to within one win of .500.

Bruins' beauty of a goal breaks Devils

The Bruins carried a four-game win streak into their home ice battle with the New Jersey Devils, who were scuffling on a three-game losing skid.

The Devils scored first, just 86 seconds into the game, on Travis Zajac's goal.

The Bruins responded with goals by Dennis Soderberg and Patrice Bergeron before the first-period ended. Jaromir Jagr tied the game seven minutes into the second period with his 708th career goal, tying him for sixth on the all-time NHL list with Mike Gartner.

That milestone effort merely set the stage for a brilliant individual effort by Bruins' rookie Seth Griffith. 

Griffith jumped between two Devils at the blue-line before being spun around by New Jersey's Marek Zidlicky. With his back to the goal, Griffith slid the puck between his legs and past goalie Cory Schneider to break the deadlock.

One minute and 20 seconds later, Reilly Smith added another goal for the Bruins as they went on to a 4-2 victory, their 10th of the season against six losses.

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