Hockey took a back seat Thursday night after Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray revealed in a television interview that he is battling Stage 4 colon cancer.
Here are four stories to help recap a busy night in the NHL:
Murray in fight of his life
The 71-year-old Murray delivered the sad news in an interview with TSN's Michael Farber. Murray first revealed he had cancer in a statement on July 7, but the severity of his illness was not made public at that time.
"There is no cure at this point for me," Murray said. "The word is that we'll keep doing chemo and hopefully reduce the tumours and the effect and I'll get some time out of that."
The stunning part is that Murray was unknowingly dealing with this condition for as long as 10 years without noticeable symptoms. Unfortunately, Murray knew the cancer was preventable.
“I didn’t have a colonoscopy, which I should’ve had,” he admitted.
On the ice, the Senators gave Murray reason to smile. Ottawa snapped a three-game winless streak with a 4-3 overtime win over the Oilers, who were hosting their first of five-straight at Rexall Place.
Ottawa jumped out to a 3-0 lead only to see Edmonton respond with three goals of its own. Mike Hoffman tallied two goals for the Senators, including the game-winner at 2:39 of the extra frame.
Weise manhandles Bruins
The Bruins and Canadiens didn't`waste any time exchanging pleasantries at the Bell Centre in Montreal. In the first period, Canadiens forward Dale Weise was challenged by Bruins forward Gregory Campbell.
Weise responded in the second period, when he scored on a penalty shot to tie the game at one apiece after being tripped on a breakaway by Dennis Seidenberg. Weise also added an assist to help put Montreal up 3-1 heading into the third period and complete the Gordie Howe hat trick in the process.
From there, the Canadiens didn't let up in crushing the Bruins 5-1.
As for the Bruins, this was their second straight blowout loss following a recent five-game winning streak. Boston was on the wrong end of a 6-1 drubbing against the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Wednesday.
Jets find scoring touch
Blake Wheeler struck twice and Michael Frolik added an empty netter in the Jets' 3-1 victory over the Hurricanes. This may not seem like a huge burst of offence, but it's a good sign for a team that entered Thursday averaging just 1.75 goals per contest.
It was also a nice bounce-back game for Winnipeg after falling to the Canadiens 3-0 on Tuesday. Michael Hutchinson was between the pipes for the first time since Nov. 2 and made 22 saves a winning effort.
Flames begin home stand on winning note
The Flames opened up a stretch of five straight games at the Scotiabank Saddledome with a 5-3 victory over the Coyotes. Calgary improved their record on home ice to 3-2-2.
Paul Byron helped reignite Calgary's offence with two goals as the Flames were coming off a 4-1 loss at Carolina on Monday. Bryon's contribution snapped a personal scoring drought dating back to the first game on Oct. 8. Meanwhile, captain Mark Giordano scored the decisive goal for the Flames late in the second period for his sixth of the season.
Jonas Hiller turned away 20 shots in the victory.
The Flames will host the Senators on Saturday.