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  • Canadiens' Alex Galchenyuk: Move to first line triggers goal

    Alex Galchenyuk was moved from second-line center to first-line right wing in the third period of Friday night's game and scored the game-tying goal in a 3-2 shootout win over the Devils, Hockey Inside Out reports.

    Head coach Michel Therrien's decision to replace Devante Smith-Pelly on the top line worked out as Max Pacioretty sprung Galchenyuk, who split two defenders and beat Cory Schneider with a back-hander. Galchenyuk and the second line has played well the last five games, so we'll have to see if Therrien is willing to upset the chemistry of that unit and move Galchenyuk to the top line. We'll learn soon as the Montreal Canadiens and Devils are back at it Saturday night in Montreal.

  • Jets' Connor Hellebuyck: Wins NHL Debut

    Connor Hellebuyck grabbed a win in his NHL debut, stopping 14 of 15 Minnesota shots.

    The Wild didn't give Hellebuyck too much to handle in his debut, but that may have been perfect. The 22-year-old may have earned himself another start in the near future.

  • Greg Pateryn D | MON

    Canadiens' Greg Pateryn: Back in active lineup

    Greg Pateryn was back in the active lineup Friday night after being a healthy scratch Wednesday. He took Alexei Emelin's spot on the third defensive pairing and led Montreal with three hits in 13:43 of ice time.

    Emelin had returned Wednesday after a five-game absence due to a lower-body injury, but was pulled from the lineup the very next game and is being considered a healthy scratch. We'll get to see if Pateryn remains in the active lineup ahead of Emelin when the Montreal Canadiens host the Devils on Saturday.

  • Nikolaj Ehlers LW | WPG

    Jets' Nikolaj Ehlers: Breakaway goal caps win

    Nikolaj Ehlers put in a beautiful breakaway goal to cap off a 3-1 Winnipeg Jets win over the Wild on Friday.

    The goal helped Ehlers snap a 15-game goalless slump and six-game pointless streak. The goal is nice, but hopefully it signals a return to his early-season play. He hasn't been putting up shots consistently, with one shot or less in seven of his last 10 games.

  • Canadiens' Alexei Emelin: Healthy scratch Friday

    Alexei Emelin did not suit up for Friday night's game in New Jersey.

    Montreal head coach Michel Therrien opted for Greg Pateryn on the third pairing instead. Emelin had recently returned from a five-game absence due to a lower-body injury, which may still be bothering the Russian, but Therrien offered no reason for the change.

  • Jets' Dustin Byfuglien: Talies game-winner

    Dustin Byfuglien tallied the game-winning goal and an assist in Friday's game against Minnesota.

    In addition to a pair of points, Byfuglien had six shots, a plus-2 rating and 23:47 of ice time. It was a great night for Big Buff.

  • Devan Dubnyk G | MIN

    Wild's Devan Dubnyk: Rough patch continues in loss

    Devan Dubnyk allowed three goals on 29 shots in Friday's loss to Winnipeg.

    Dubnyk has now lost four of his last five games with a sub-.900 save percentage in each of those starts. There's a 23-save shutout in there, but in the other four games he's allowed 14 goals. It's been a rough stretch for the Vezina finalist.

  • Carey Price G | MON

    Canadiens' Carey Price: Out for a month, per RDS report

    Carey Price (leg) will be out a month, according to the French-language RDS.ca.

    Francois Gagnon announced the news on RDS's post-game show l'Antichambre following Friday night's shootout win over New Jersey. Hockey Inside Out indicated the injury is probably to Price's right knee. HIO also has Montreal head coach Michel Therrien saying that Gagnon and RDS knew something that he didn't. The coach added that Price will be examined by doctors when the team gets back to Montreal.

  • Antti Niemi G | DAL

    Stars' Antti Niemi: Stops 34 shots in victory

    Antti Niemi stopped 34 of 36 shots in regulation before denying all three Vancouver shooters in the shootout in Friday's win over the Canucks.

    A marvelous night for Niemi, who had been burned for five goals in his last showing. The 32-year-old advances to 9-4-0 on the season with a .910 save percentage and 2.58 GAA. Niemi hasn't been as as good this season as he was Friday, but he's playing well enough to pick up wins splitting duty with Kari Lehtonen on an offensively loaded Dallas Stars team.

  • Panthers' Roberto Luongo: Stops 23 in win

    Roberto Luongo made 23 saves on 25 shots in a shootout win over the Islanders on Friday.

    Luongo's still got life left in him, as he's let up only two goals in four of his last five games, and he is 14th in the NHL with a .922 save percentage.

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