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NHL: 5 stories from Saturday night

02/08/2015 12:57 EST | Updated 04/09/2015 05:59 EDT
It was another big Saturday night in the NHL with 11 games on the schedule. Five Canadian teams took to the ice headlined by the Leafs ending their 11-game losing streak and the Canadiens and Canucks winning in strong fashion.

Here's five stories from around the NHL.

Leafs winless streak comes to an end

The Toronto Maple Leafs finally dug their way out of the monumental 11-game losing streak with a definitive 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Leafs goalie James Reimer got an unexpected start as Jonathan Bernier was out sick. This was Reimer's first win since Dec. 14. It was almost a shutout until he let in a goal by Edmonton's Luke Gazdic with three seconds left on the clock.

The highlight of the night was the stand-out personal effort of Leafs' defenceman Morgan Rielly who scored a goal so nice, you should watch it at least twice. No doubt it will be on every highlight show.

Now let's watch it in slow-mo.

Well done Leafs, you were good enough to beat the second-worst team in hockey.

It was the ninth annual Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation night at the Air Canada Centre and members were honoured with a ceremony before the game. Canadian special forces personnel secured centre ice for the ceremonial puck drop.

Plekanec and Weise score two each

The Montreal Canadiens' Thomas Plekanec and Dale Weise each scored two goals as the Habs lathered on the offence to beat the Devils 6-2.

P.K. Subban got three assists and the Canadiens scored three power-play goals including Plekanec's14th goal of the season.

He got his second of the night in the third period off a deflection.

Weise scored his goals back-to-back at the end of the game with assists going to Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais on both goals. He now has eight goals this season.

Sens not cold as they get smothered in Jackets

The Ottawa Senators lost 4-1 to the Blue Jackets at the hands of a couple of former players. Ex-Ottawa resident Nick Foligno got the game-winning goal after an incredible individual effort to get the puck down into the Senators zone.

Another former Senator, Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney made 12 key saves in the third period to keep Ottawa at bay. The Senators outshot Columbus in the third period and overall.

One good moment for Ottawa came when goalie Robin Lehner made a cross-crease save on Corey Tropp during the second period to keep it scoreless.

Canucks' Kassian ends 21-game scoring slump

The Vancouver Canucks already had the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins well in-hand, but a goal from Zack Kassian late in the second period earned a standing ovation from the Van-City crowd. It wasn't pretty, just a tap-in empty netter, but it didn't matter because that goal ended a 21-game scoreless streak for the right winger.

Kassian scored two within the first five games of the season but hadn't got one since. The Canucks went on to beat the Penguins 5-0.

Gronk spikes the puck

The Boston Bruins welcomed the Super Bowl champions, New England Patriots, to drop the ceremonial puck before the game against the New York Islanders. 

Enter Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski who decided to spike the puck in celebration of the night. The Bruins kept with the championship theme of the evening by bringing another victory to the northeast, defeating the Islanders 2-1.

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