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NHL: 5 stories from Friday night

11/29/2014 01:21 EST | Updated 01/28/2015 05:59 EST
It was an action-packed Friday night in the NHL, with 11 games around the league. A few NHL veterans reached huge career milestones, the Vancouver Canucks are number one, a new Goal of the Year candidate emerged, and an Edmonton Oilers losing skid got a bit worse. 

Veterans reach career milestones

A couple of NHL veterans had a big Friday night. New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis earned his 1,000th NHL point in a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. 

The 39-year-old reached the career milestone by notching a goal and an assist. He became the sixth undrafted player to reach that many points. 

New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr enjoyed a milestone of his own. The 42-year-old had a goal and an assist in his team's 5-4 shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

The goal was his 709th, which pushed him past Mike Gartner on the all-time goals list. He is now in sixth place.

Canucks claim top spot

The Vancouver Canucks dominated the Columbus Blue Jackets to claim a 5-0 victory. They are now riding a three-game winning streak, which is good enough to place them first in the NHL.

It was Ryan Miller's second consecutive shutout. Vancouver had reason to celebrate Friday night, but there was one particular play that was more blooper-worthy than highlight-worthy. 

Canucks forward Derek Dorsett missed an intended check in front of the Blue Jackets bench, and inadvertently launched himself into enemy territory. 

Potential Goal of the Year

The Montreal Canadiens fell to the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in the first game of the weekend's home-and-home. It was the Canadiens second consecutive loss, but the story of the game was Tyler Ennis' beautiful goal.

It was the Sabres forward's seventh goal of the season, making him the team's goal scoring leader. The 25-year-old leaped over Canadiens goalie Carey Price and followed through with a backhanded attempt. 

The goal is arguably the best of the season to date, and proves that hard work pays off. 

No love for former captain

Montreal narrowly came away from Friday night's game with a point, until defenceman Alexei Emelin landed a hit to the head of former Canadiens captain Brian Gionta.

Emelin received a penalty on the play, and Matt Moulson made sure he'd regret it. Moulson notched the game-winner with just over a minute remaining in the game.

 

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Losing streak extended

The Edmonton Oilers extended their losing streak to nine games with a 4-3 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues. Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens was a bright spot for the team.

The Alberta native was bombarded with 41 shots, but managed to rob a point for his team. He voiced his frustration with the teams overall performance in a post-game interview. 

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