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NHL: 7 must-see moments from Thursday night

01/30/2015 01:22 EST | Updated 03/31/2015 05:59 EDT
It was a busy night in the NHL with six Canadian clubs hitting the ice. It went well for the Canadiens and Oilers, who earned victories, while things didn't go as well for the Leafs, Senators, Jets and Flames who all lost.

Here are the seven must-see moments from Thursday night NHL action.

Leafs lose 8th in a row, Kessel gets 20th goal

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost their eighth game in a row, going down 3-1 against the Arizona Coyotes. It wasn't all bad as Leafs forward Phil Kessel netted his 20th goal of the season off a pass from James van Riemsdyk. It was his first even-strength goal in 19 games.

This is the seventh season in a row that Kessel has scored 20 or more goals.

Bernier lets in short-hander from centre ice

It was not the Leafs night to play well and nothing made that clearer than the Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson scoring a short-handed goal on Jonathan Bernier from centre ice. It happened off the opening face-off in the third period.

The goal was the fastest short-handed goal to start a period in NHL history.

Canadiens squeak by Rangers

A contest between goaltending titans, the Habs' Carey Price and the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist, ended with a goal from Max Pacioretty with less than five minutes left in the game to lead the Canadiens to a 1-0 victory.

Given the strong play of Lundqvist, it was a surprising end to the game. Montreal outshot the Rangers 26-23.

Oilers' Lander gets 3 points

The Edmonton Oilers rarely win this season, but with the help of a strong offensive effort from forward Anton Lander, they beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. Lander got three points including a goal in the third period that would turn out to be the winner.

It was a battle of the two worst teams in the NHL and Lander was the difference.

Spezza returns to Ottawa

Jason Spezza and his broken nose returned to where his career began and where he spent 11 seasons draped in a Senators jersey. He was accompanied by his new team, the Dallas Stars. 

The Senators played a tribute video for Spezza while the fans gave him a warm welcome home.

It was a high-scoring first period with the Stars and Senators combining for five goals but it was not to be for Ottawa as the Senators lost 6-3.

Flyers soar over Jets

The Jets' Mathieu Perreault was the only player to bring some offence for Winnipeg, scoring two goals in a 5-2 loss to Philadelphia.

Perreault netted a pair of goals to tie things up with the Flyers in the first period including a rebound and a nifty wrist shot over the shoulder of Flyers goalie Steve Mason.

Paquette scores 1st career hat trick

The Tampa Bay Lightning benefited from some incredible goal scoring from one of their younger players, 21-year-old Cedric Paquette, in their 5-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. He earned the first hat-trick of his career in his second season in the NHL.

In other Canadian NHL action, the Calgary Flames lost 1-0 to the Minnesota Wild.

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