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NHL: 4 stories from Tuesday night

11/12/2014 01:55 EST | Updated 01/11/2015 05:59 EST
The Leafs were embarrassed on home ice and the Canadiens' winning streak came to an end, while the Jets and Flames both earned crucial points in their division races.

Here are four stories from an eventful night in the NHL. 

Leafs turn in lacklustre effort

Taylor Beck chipped the puck past Jake Gardiner and then fired a wrist shot by Jonathan Bernier just two minutes in to put Nashville on the board first against a Leafs team that looked a step slow out of the gate.  

Predators centre Matt Cullen then outworked Toronto's defence and shovelled the puck in front to Derek Roy, who made no mistake in tallying his first goal in 38 games to double the lead at the 10:14 mark of the first period. It was also a milestone moment for Roy as he notched his 500th point. 

You got the feeling it just wasn't going to be Toronto's night after Beck ended an aggressive power play for Nashville with a backhand shot that found it's way under Bernier. So it was of little surprise when James Reimer was given the nod to take over at the start of the middle frame. 

Perhaps trying to provide a spark for his team, Dion Phanueff went toe-to-toe with Paul Gaustad.

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Needless to say, the captain's efforts didn't have any meaningful effect. 

The wheels came off in the third period as the Leafs surrendered five more goals and scampered off the ice with an 9-2 loss. 

Do I even have to mention that a sweater was tossed on the ice?

This loss comes just days after the Leafs fell 6-2 to the Buffalo Sabres. The schedule will also not get any easier for the Leafs who now prepare to host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. 

Tough night for the Canadiens

In Montreal, the Canadiens fell into an early 2-0 deficit against the Penguins. Beau Bennett scored his first goal of the season and Steve Downie produced his third to put the hosts on their heels in the opening frame. 

Brandon Sutter added to the misery before the second period was a minute old to extend Pittsburgh's lead. Sidney Crosby then put the game out of reach with his eighth of the season and snapped an eight game goalless stretch in the process. 

Penguins defenceman Olli Maatta returned to the lineup two weeks after having surgery to remove a cancerous tumour. The 20-year-old logged 20 minutes of ice time and was plus-1 on the evening. 

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Mark-Andre Fleury turned away 27 shots to record the shutout, while Carey Price faced 22 shots and made 18 saves. 

The 4-0 loss halted Montreal's winning streak at six games. However, with 29 points, they remain at the top of the NHL standings. 

Jets take care of business

The Jets began the day with some good news and capped it off with a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at MTS Centre. 

21-year-old centre Mark Scheifele, who left the Jets previous game after banging up his knee, was good to go as the Jets began a three-game home stand. Even better, Scheifele netted a pivotal goal in the second period that turned out to be the game's deciding marker.

Mathieu Perreault opened the scoring for Winnipeg (with his first goal as a member of the Jets) and Michael Frolik also did his part, chipping in with a goal and an assist.

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Making his team record-tying 19th-consecutive start in net for the Devils, Cory Schneider made 31 saves before being pulled in the final minute in favour of an extra attacker. Michael Hutchinson, who came on in relief in Winnipeg's 4-3 overtime loss to the Wild on Sunday, continued his strong play in stopping 21 shots. 

With a record of 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, the Jets are now holding down third place in the Central Division. Their home stand continues when the Red Wings roll into town on Thursday. 

Hiller stands tall in Flames win

He may have had a little help from his friends, but Jonas Hiller got the best of his former team in Calgary's 4-3 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks.

After spending his first seven seasons with the Ducks, Hiller signed with the Flames in July. 

Anaheim worked their way to a 2-0 lead, only to have Calgary respond with three straight goals, including two by defenceman Dennis Wideman. The Duck's Kyle Palmieri then evened things up on the power play with five minutes to go in regulation to set up the dramatic finish.

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Sean Monahan gave Calgary the advantage in the shootout and paved the way for Hiller to seal the victory. The 32-year-old netminder, who was moderately busy in stopping 24 shots, saved his best for last. On the final play, he slammed the door on Corey Perry's shootout attempt and then raised his arms in celebration. 

A pleasant surprise this season, the Flames are now owners of a three-game winning streak and you'll have to glance all the way up to the two spot to find them in the loaded Pacific Division standings. 

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