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NHL: 5 stories from Thursday night

03/27/2015 12:45 EDT | Updated 05/26/2015 05:59 EDT
It was a tough night for goalies, including Ottawa's Andrew Hammond and Toronto's Jonathan Bernier, the Jets had a little more bounce in their step, the Canucks celebrated an anniversary, and there was a lot on the line between the Sabres and Coyotes. 

Here are 5 stories from Thursday night's NHL action.

Hamburglar can't win 'em all for Sens

The Rangers didn't just end the Senators seven-game winning streak with a 5-1 victory, they also managed to solve Andrew Hammond, who had been virtually unbeatable (14-0-1) since making his debut in February. 

Known as "The Hamburglar" for his ability to steal wins, the netminder was pulled late in the second period after allowing five goals on 22 shots. 

Hammond was attempting to tie the record among goalies for the most games to start a career with a point, so he fell just short of the mark held by Patrick Lalime.

After giving up two or fewer goals (17 total) in his first 12 starts, tying a record held for 77 years, Hammond has fallen back to earth, surrendering 14 goals over his last four outings. 

Despite the loss, Ottawa remains in the second wild card spot with 85 points, but the Bruins also have 85 points and the Panthers aren't far behind with 82.

Jets get a boost, defeat Canadiens 

Dustin Byfuglien returned to the Jets lineup after missing nine games due to injury and he didn't waste anytime making his presence felt in a 5-2 victory over the visiting Canadiens. 

Byfuglien opened the scoring in the first period with his 16th goal of the season.

Winnipeg built up a three-goal lead after 40 minutes and was never in danger the rest of the way.

Backup goalie Dustin Tokarski got the call for the Habs and, much like Hammond, allowed five goals on 22 shots, while Ondrej Pavelec was solid for the Jets in making 39 saves. 

The Canucks were Millionaires for a day 

The Canucks wore replica jerseys to honour the Vancouver Millionaires on the 100th anniversary of the team’s Stanley Cup championship and the only one in the history of the franchise.

Unfortunately, the Avalanche put a bit of a damper on the evening by defeating the Canucks 4-1 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.  

No patience for Bernier in Leafs' loss

Most people probably wouldn't be surprised to hear that the Leafs dropped their seventh game in a row, this time a 4-1 decision in favour of the Panthers. 

But it's somewhat interesting to note that Jonathan Bernier was given the hook for the eighth time this season after allowing a trio of goals in the middle frame, including two in a span of 30 seconds. 

Arizona wins?

The boxscore will clearly show that the Coyotes defeated the Sabres 4-3 in overtime, but in this case the spoils may not go to the victor. 

Some were calling it the McDavid Bowl, others the McEichel Bowl, but the point is that both Arizona and Buffalo are vying for the top pick in the upcoming draft.

Finishing last obviously increases those odds. 

So in that respect, the Coyotes (54 points) didn't do themselves any favours against a Sabres team that is occupying the basement of the standings with 48 points.

Fans at the arena in Buffalo were in a celebratory mood following the "loss."

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