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Jesperi Kotkanieli scored his first two NHL Goals, with the Montreal Canadiens setting an NHL record for the two fastest goals by one team, in their 6-4 win against the Washington Capitals at Bell Centre on Thursday. The Canadiens trailed by the odd goal in seven, before scoring three times inside the final three minutes to grab victory. Kotkanieli tied the game at 4-4 with his second of the night. Max Domi gave Montreal the lead with 22 seconds left, with Joel Armia scoring an empty net goal two seconds later to make it 6-4 and set the record.

Calgary Flames scored five times in the third period to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 on Thursday. Mark Giordano had a goal and two assists with Matthew Tkachuk picking up three assists for the Flames who have now won three games in a row after losing three straight. It was a profitable night for Patrik Laine who scored a hat trick for the Winnipeg Jets, to help the team to a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. Laine, who is no stranger to scoring hat-tricks, has now claimed five in his career so far.

The high flying Toronto Maple Leafs have been deal a big blow with the news that the prolific scoring Auston Matthews will be out of action for four weeks with a left shoulder injury. Back to the action, and net minder Thomas Greiss was in stunning form for the New York Islanders on Sunday after making 38 saves to help the side to a narrow 2-1 win against Carolina.

The Los Angeles Kings ended a six game losing streak on Sunday with a 4-3 victory against the New York Rangers. With the game looking like heading for OT, up popped Alec Martinez to slam home the winner with just 55 seconds remaining.

Despite blowing a three goal lead, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3 on Tuesday.


It was also a great night for the Dallas Stars on Tuesday as they picked up their first road win of the season after beating the Canadiens 4-1 at the Bell Centre. Devin Shore with a goal and two assists on the night for the Stars along with Ben Bishop who made 34 saves were the heroes for Dallas.

Congratulations also go out to Brayden Point who had an NHL career high five points to help Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New Jersey Devils 8-3. There was also a brace apiece from Braydon Coburn and Nikita Kucherov.
The hotly contested Eastern Conference Atlantic Division currently sees only one point separating the top three sides with the Lightning top.

In the Metropolitan Division it is a similar story with the Penguins top from the Islanders and the Blue Jackets sitting in third spot, only a point behind.

The Nashville Predators are sitting pretty at the top of the pile in the Western Conference Central Division with 20 points. Three points behind are the Jets followed by the Wild.

In the Pacific Division just two points separate the Flames from second place Vancouver Cannucks with the Oilers in third.


And finally, the current teams with the hottest winning streak are the Florida Panthers, Winnipeg Jets and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks with five consecutive victories.