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NHL: 5 stories from Saturday night

11/23/2014 01:08 EST | Updated 01/22/2015 05:59 EST
It was a busy Saturday night in the NHL, which included two thrilling Original Six matchups. The Canadiens continued to be perfect against their biggest rival, the Senators can't solve afternoon games, the Leafs salute their fans, the Oilers continue a huge skid, and the Flames launched a comeback. 

Perfect Price

An injury ravaged Boston Bruins team was bested by the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden. The visiting Habs extended their winning streak over the Bruins with a 2-0 victory. 

Carey Price was the difference maker, as the Canadiens were outshot 33-23. On the other end of the ice, Bruins goalie Tuuka Rask consistently struggles against the Habs.

Another factor at play was the slew of Boston injuries. The Canadiens beat a healthy Bruins team 6-4 on Oct. 16, and they've claimed nine of the last 10 regular-season games. However, the additional absence of Brad Marchand and Chris Kelly in Saturday's game didn't help the Bruins' growing list of problems. 

The Canadiens managed to solve their issue with scoring power play goals on the road when defenceman Andrei Markov's shot from the point got by Rask in the first period. It was Markov's 100th career NHL goal, and would hold up as the game winner. 

Tomas Plekanec had a fantastic night for the Habs. He earned an assist on Markov's goal, and pitched in with his own tic-tac-toe goal to solidify the Canadiens victory. 

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Afternoon Blues

The Ottawa Senators can't seem to find success in afternoon starts. Last season the Senators were 4-12-2 in matinee games. 

They extended the less than impressive streak into this season with their first afternoon loss. It was only their second loss at home this season.

Despite a lack of scoring in the third period, the St. Louis Blues outshot Ottawa 15-5. Notably, Vladimir Tarasenko continued his scoring streak with his twelfth of the season, which helped earn him the first star of the game.

Maxim Lapierre, formerly of the Canadiens and Canucks, notched his first of the season for the Blues. The forward danced around Senators defenceman Cody Ceci to beat Robin Lehner on the backhand. 

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This one's for the fans

The Toronto Maple Leafs stirred up some controversy when they failed to salute their fans after Thursday's 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. They rectified that mistake Saturday following a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at the Air Canada Centre. 

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The Leafs and their fans have been on a bit of a roller coaster ride this season, alternating between stretches of strong or weak play. This marks their second consecutive impressive victory, and their first against the Red Wings in three attempts so far. 

The Red Wings had the opportunity to launch a comeback against the Leafs. Defenceman Roman Polak left the second period with a lower-body injury and did not return, leaving the Leafs with only five blueliners.

The game was tied 1-1 before the Leafs exploded in the third, scoring three goals, including the game-winning shorthanded breakaway goal from Tyler Bozak. 

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Not even close

The Edmonton Oilers were blown out by the Chicago Blackhawks at home. It wasn't halfway through the game before Chicago was up 6-0. The Oilers ultimately lost by a score of 7-1. 

The slumping team is on a serious skid. They haven't won a game since Nov. 9.

Saturday's loss marks the longest winless streak for the Oilers this season, which now totals six games. 

There were some interesting takes on the game on Twitter. 

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Comeback complete

The Calgary Flames launched a huge comeback to down the New Jersey Devils 5-4 in a shootout. Flames goalie Kari Ramo (3-2-1) helped the team, who trailed 3-1 heading into the third, by steering aside three of the Devils four shootout attempts. 

The Flames tied the game 4-4 in the dying seconds thanks to a goal by Curtis Glencross.

It took four tries to seal it, but JiriHudler came through with the deciding shootout goal. 

The Flames have been an exciting team to watch, and have a knack for stealing points in come from behind victories. 

Needless to say, the fans in Calgary are loving it. 

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