Montreal hosts Eastern Conference-leader Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Lightning (60-15-4, first in the Atlantic Division) vs. Montreal Canadiens (42-29-8, fourth in the Atlantic Division)
Tomas Tatar lifts Canadiens past Panthers 6-1
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens are hitting their stride at the right time.
Tomas Tatar had two goals and an assist to lead the Canadiens over the Florida Panthers 6-1 on Tuesday...
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens refused to be satisfied — or comfortable — not with so much at stake.
Brendan Gallagher had two goals and an assist, and the Canadiens beat the Buffalo...
Shaw, Domi lead Canadiens to 8-1 rout of Red Wings
DETROIT (AP) — Reuniting linemates worked out for the Montreal Canadiens.
Andrew Shaw recorded his first career hat trick, Max Domi had two goals and three assists for a career-high five...
Hyman scores twice, Maple Leafs rally to beat Canadiens 6-3
TORONTO (AP) — It took two late goals by Zach Hyman and a huge comeback by Toronto to end its longest losing streak of the season.
Hyman scored two goals in the final 1:50 of the third...
Gallagher gets hat trick, Canadiens beat Flyers 5-1
MONTREAL (AP) — The Bell Centre fans urged Brendan Gallagher to complete his hat trick after scoring two quick goals in the opening period.
Rinne makes 34 saves, Predators beat Canadiens 3-1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekke Rinne and Viktor Arvidsson gave Nashville more of the same Thursday night. A little extra from newcomer Brian Boyle helped make the difference.
Rinne stopped 34 shots, Arvidsson and Boyle scored, and the Nashville Predators beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 to snap a three-game skid.
Rinne was sharp, especially in the second period, when he turned aside all 21 Montreal shots he faced.
"I thought Pekka was outstanding," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said.
Tatar, Armia each score a pair, Canadiens beat Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Carey Price was terrific for the Montreal Canadiens on a night his team was outplayed for much of the game and outshot by the Columbus Blue Jackets. That's how it happens sometimes when things are going right.
Call it a comeback: No lead safe as late rallies on the rise
DENVER (AP) — Don't be fooled: That third-period lead isn't so safe.
Not this season, anyway. There's been quite a comeback for the comeback.
The NHL has seen 110 third-period comeback wins spanning 611 games through New Year's Eve. That's third-most in league history and not far off the 114 rallies in 2014-15 and 113 in '13-14, according to research by the NHL stats and information department.
Tatar scores twice to lead Canadiens over Panthers 5-3
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Tomas Tatar never thought his game was off track, and he showed that for the Canadiens in their first game after the holiday break.
Tatar scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, and the Canadiens beat the Florida Panthers 5-3 on Friday night.
Tartar’s two goals lead Canadiens past Panthers 5-3
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Tomas Tatar scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Florida Panthers 5-3 on Friday night.
Jonathan Drouin had a goal and an assist, and Nicolas Deslauriers and Artturi Lehkonen also scored for the Canadiens, who won their third straight.
Henrik Borgstrom, Denis Malgin and Keith Yandle scored for the Panthers, who ended a two-game winning streak.
Tatar’s late goal lifts Canadiens over Blackhawks
CHICAGO (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens weren't pleased with how they played Sunday. They were just happy to get a win.
Tomas Tatar scored the tiebreaking goal on a deflection with 1:17 left in the third period and the Canadiens beat the Blackhawks 3-2 for their third straight win.
Max Domi and Shea Weber scored in the first period to give Montreal an early lead, but Patrick Kane connected twice to tie the score for Chicago, which has lost seven straight and nine of its last 10.
Weber, Lehkonen each score twice, Canadiens top Rangers 5-2
MONTREAL (AP) — Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber says he really missed that winning feeling.
In his second game back from injury, Weber and Artturi Lehkonen each scored twice and the Canadiens snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
The 33-year-old defenseman missed 73 games following surgeries on his right knee and left foot. He had an assist in a losing effort in his first game back on Thursday.
Drouin’s power-play goal sends Canadiens past Canucks 3-2
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — - The Montreal Canadiens are ending a western road swing with a renewed sense of confidence.
Jonathan Drouin scored a power-play goal with less than three minutes remaining to lead the Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
Drouin scored just seconds after Vancouver defenseman Michael Del Zotto was whistled for interference.
Tomas Tatar and Andrew Shaw also scored for the Canadiens.
Canadiens beat Golden Knights to spoil Pacioretty’s return
MONTREAL (AP) — While all eyes were on former Montreal captain Max Pacioretty, it was the player the Canadiens traded for who led his new team to a come-from-behind victory.
Tomas Tatar scored the game-winner in the third period as the Canadiens defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 on Saturday night in Pacioretty's return to Montreal.
Pacioretty was dealt to the Golden Knights in the offseason in return for Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a second-round draft pick.
Ristolainen goal in OT gives Sabres 6-5 win over Canadiens
MONTREAL (AP) — Carey Price put all the blame on himself for Montreal's latest loss.
Rasmus Ristolainen scored at 1:38 of overtime to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-5 victory over the Canadiens on Thursday night.
Vladimir Sobotka and Jeff Skinner each scored twice and Conor Sheary added a goal for the Sabres.
Linus Ullmark gave up five goals on 32 shots through two periods. Carter Hutton came in and made five saves in the third.
Drouin scores 2 to lead Canadiens in 7-3 win over Red Wings
MONTREAL (AP) — Canadiens coach Claude Julien said it looked like Tomas Plekanec "drank from the fountain of youth" before playing in his 1,000th game Monday night.
Plekanec scored in his milestone game, and Jonathan Drouin added two goals to lead Montreal to a 7-3 victory over the winless Detroit Red Wings.
Julien was also behind the bench for Plekanec's very first NHL game in 2003.
Mitch Marner has goal, 3 assists to lead Maple Leafs
MONTREAL (AP) — Mitch Marner had a goal and three assists and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 on Wednesday night to improve to 5-1-0 in exhibition play.
Nazem Kadri, Auston Matthews, Kasperi Kapanen and Patrick Marleau also scored, and Frederik Andersen made 33 saves.
Tomas Tatar, Brendan Gallagher and David Schlemko scored for Montreal, and Carey Price stopped 20 shots.
NHL Canadian Teams Capsules
LAST SEASON: 29-40-31, 71 points. Finished sixth in Atlantic Division and missed playoffs.
COACH: Claude Julien (third season, 17th NHL season)
ADDED: F Max Domi, F Tomas Tatar, C Tomas Plekanec, F Joel Armia
Gallagher helps Canadiens beat Capitals 5-2 in Quebec City
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Brendan Gallagher had a goal and an assist to help the Montreal Canadiens beat the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals 5-2 on Thursday night at the Videotron Centre.
Michael Chaput, Jacob de la Rose, Artturi Lehkonen and Rinat Valiev also scored for Montreal, and Charlie Lindgren stopped 11 of 13 shots. The Canadiens won for the first time in three exhibition games,
Vegas signs Max Pacioretty to extension after trade
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Golden Knights wasted little time in making sure Max Pacioretty will be around for the long haul after pulling off the trade that is bringing the former Montreal Canadiens captain to Las Vegas.
The team announced Monday that it had signed Pacioretty to a $28 million, four-year contract extension that runs through the 2022-23 season. The 29-year-old Pacioretty was entering the final season of a six-year deal.
Jackpot! Golden Knights get star Pacioretty from Canadiens
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Max Pacioretty is heading from the Original Six to the Sin City.
The Vegas Golden Knights acquired the All-Star forward from the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night for Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a 2019 second-round pick.
Vegas announced the deal, which sends the captain of one of hockey's oldest franchises to a club coming off a run to the Stanley Cup Finals in its inaugural season.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and said the expansion Vegas Golden Knights sent a message, bouncing back with a 3-1 series-evening win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference final.
"Every time we need a big game as a group, we show up," Marchessault said. "We showed the hockey world we earned the right to be here."
Detroit — Tomas Tatar sort of knew it was coming, but when it finally did, it was still a shock.
When Tatar was dealt to Vegas on Feb.26, almost right at the 3 p.m. trade deadline, he wasn't sure how to feel.
"First hour was real stressful," Tatar said Thursday after the Golden Knights' morning skate at Little Caesars Arena. "I didn't really know what to do. It was the first time I was ever traded.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — It didn't take Tomas Tatar long to get going with the Vegas Golden Knights.
Three games into his tenure, Tatar got a winner with his first goal and Vegas avoided its first four-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over New Jersey on Sunday, handing the Devils their third-straight loss.
Winnipeg, Manitoba – In Andreas Athanasiou's hopes and expectations, it was just one more progressive step in a career still very much in its infancy.
But it was good step. The third-year pro matched last year's point total (29) in 12 less games (52), and with his 13th goal in Wednesday's 2-1 loss in St. Louis.
He scored 18 last season, so Athanasiou is likely going to at least tie that mark this season.
But, in all, it was another example of Athanasiou, 23, making progress this season.
St. Louis — On the first night of life without Tomas Tatar, well, the Red Wings could have used his offensive ability.
Tatar obviously had the ability to score some goals and the Red Wings desperately needed that Wednesday in a 2-1 to the St. Louis Blues.
Goaltender Jimmy Howard was really good, stopping 24 shots and keeping the Red Wings close, but the lone goal was Andreas Athanasiou's 13th, at 18 minutes 15 seconds of the third.
St. Louis — It was tough to see a friend leave, but Martin Frk might get a better chance to make an impact out of Tomas Tatar's trade.
Tatar and Frk were good friends, and for Frk, it was disappointing to see his friend get traded Monday to the Vegas Golden Knights.
But Tatar's leaving left a void in the lineup that Frk filled Tuesday, after being a healthy scratch for five of the last six games.
St. Louis, Mo. — Tyler Bertuzzi is moving up.
Bertuzzi, who was playing on the fourth line and seeing minimal minutes in recent games, found himself on the second line at Wednesday's morning skate, playing alongside Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou.
Any young player wants a chance, and Bertuzzi has gotten one in this case.
"It's a huge part of my career, a big learning thing for me to be in a second-line spot," Bertuzzi said. "I'm just going to learn from it and play hard.
Vegas takes a bit of a gamble with Tatar deal
NEW YORK (AP) — Of all the clubs that made deals before the NHL's trade deadline, a surprise team took perhaps the biggest gamble.
The expansion Vegas Golden Knights.
They rolled the dice by trading three high draft picks for Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar.
Red Wings ‘sad’ to see ‘awesome’ Tomas Tatar traded
Detroit — Somber.
When an NHL team is not challenging for the Stanley Cup and management trades one of its best goal scorers for three draft picks who might be expected to produce something in the league sometime beginning around 2021 or 2022, reality grips.
Things have not gone as had been hoped.
And now, a good friend of long standing is no longer around, either. A stark, even aching fact, tied to your lack of performance.
Detroit — What does it all mean for the Red Wings, trade deadline 2018?
It means they are rebuilding and not going fast enough, with enough results.
Signs of some acceleration and greater effect are perceptible. But the reconstruction still lags.
They became sellers in 2018, just as they were in 2017, and did a nice job of collecting cherished and critical draft picks, the resources integral to rebuilding given the state of the personnel rules.
Detroit — It took until late in the afternoon, but the Red Wings finally pulled off a trade before Monday's deadline.
It just might not have been the player everyone expected it would be.
They traded forward Tomas Tatar to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a 2018 first-round pick, 2019 second- round pick and 2021 third-round draft pick.
Vegas is an expansion team that is surprising the hockey world, leading the Western Conference.
Detroit — The Red Wings' domination of the Nashville Predators has come, probably not surprisingly, to an end. They saw a seven-game winning streak in the series end, as Nashville defeated Detroit, 3-2, on Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena.
One of the elite teams in the NHL, the Predators earned a piece of revenge after watching the Red Wings go into Nashville and win.
Two quick goals gave the Predators a lead they didn't relinquish.
Detroit – The trade deadline must be getting closer.
That is easy to figure out because, lately, there have been numerous suggestions, proposals, recommendations and substantial pleading in the mailbox for just about every Red Wings player to be traded.
Anywhere. And for anybody.
This time of year is always fun, but also a bit perplexing.
Sure, it's fun to conjure potential trades, some of which could come close to happening.
Lightning beat Red Wings for 11th straight time, 4-1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov helped the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Detroit, again.
Stamkos scored twice, Kucherov had a goal and three assists, and the NHL-leading Lightning beat the Red Wings for the 11th straight time, 4-1 Thursday night.
Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper has no answers for his team's success against Detroit.
"Some teams just have another team's number," Cooper said.
Wings’ Tatar beams with pride over Slovakia stunner
Detroit — He wishes he was in South Korea competing, like many of his NHL brethren, but Tomas Tatar was beaming, regardless, of what was happening in the Winter Olympics.
Tatar, a native of Slovakia, had a huge smile on his face Wednesday after watching his nation defeat powerhouse Russia, 3-2, in an Olympic opening game.
"It was pretty cool," Tatar said. "It's a huge tournament. Good for them, it's a good start for us for sure."
His friends are there. Many of his former teammates are, too.
"And it's really tough when they start sending me all the pictures," said Tomas Tatar, the Red Wings' forward, sitting in front of his locker stall Tuesday morning as the Red Wings prepared to face the Anaheim Ducks at Little Caesars
That's because his country is there — at the 2018 Winter Olympics — and Tatar, a proud Slovakian hockey star, is here, along with the rest of his NHL brethren, wondering why.
Detroit — Maybe this is when Tomas Tatar gets hot and scores a ton of goals.
The Red Wings, with their playoff hopes fading, could use a kick-start. Tatar is a goal-scorer who can do it.
He's always been a streaky scorer, capable of scoring goals in bunches.
Tatar hadn't scored in eight games (only one in 13 games ) before scoring twice Sunday — including the overtime winner — in the 5-4 overtime victory over Washington.
Washington, D.C. — During what's been a struggle of a regular season, the Red Wings showed some character Sunday against the Capitals.
Watching Washington score three goals in the third period and force overtime — similar to Friday's disaster against the New York Islanders — the Red Wings salvaged a 5-4 victory Sunday when Tomas Tatar scored in overtime.
Tatar leads Red Wings to 5-4 OT win against Capitals
WASHINGTON (AP) — For a few moments, it looked as if the Detroit Red Wings were headed for another embarrassing loss. Then Tomas Tatar stepped up again.
Tatar scored his second goal of the game 2:47 into overtime, and the Red Wings escaped with a 5-4 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.
Detroit had dropped three in a row. It blew a 5-2 third-period lead against the New York Islanders on Friday and lost 7-6 in overtime.
Washington, D.C. – The Red Wings saw this script before.
They lost a three-goal lead Sunday, just as they did 48 hours earlier, but this time they showed some character in overtime and defeated Washington 5-4.
Tomas Tatar scored his second goal of the game off a 2-on-1 rush with Dylan Larkin at 2:47 to give the Red Wings (22-23-9, 53 points) a much-needed victory.
It would have been another horrific Red Wings' loss.
After erasing a three-goal deficit in the third, the Washington Capitals' rally came up short on Sunday, losing 5-4 to the Detroit Red Wings in overtime.
The Red Wings had a 2-on-1 breakaway and winger Tomas Tatar beat Capitals goalie Braden Holtby to spoil a remarkable comeback from the Capitals.
Prior to overtime, Washington had scored three goals in the third period, starting with Brett Connolly's snipeshot just 2:32 into the period.
Red Wings beat Sharks 2-1 in shootout
DETROIT (AP) — Petr Mrazek capped an impressive January with another sharp performance.
Mrazek made 30 saves, and then stopped Tomas Hertl in the seventh round of a shootout to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night. Mrazek went 3-1-1 in January with two shutouts and a .940 save percentage, easily his best month of the season.
Detroit — Opponents have appeared to have caught on to what the Red Wings are doing on the power play.
So now it's the Red Wings' move to counter, and they began doing so during Friday's practice.
Coach Jeff Blashill tweaked both power play units, putting Andreas Athanasiou and Martin Frk with Henrik Zetterberg, Anthony Mantha and Niklas Kronwall — and inserting Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist with Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi and Mike Green.
Detroit — Both Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha are in offensive slumps, so it doesn't have much to do in terms of that.
But Athanasiou's work ethic and approach have been really good lately while Mantha's game the latter half against Toronto fell.
So coach Jeff Blashill made a subtle change in the lines at Monday's practice, promoting Athanasiou to a line with Dylan Larkin and Tomas Tatar, while Mantha was bumped to the fourth line with David Booth and Martin Frk.
Detroit — Looking for offense to defeat a high-powered Toronto team Friday the Red Wings received it — just not from usual sources.
In fact, very, very, unlikely sources.
Defensemen Danny DeKeyser and Trevor Daley (shorthanded) scored their first goals of the season, sparking a second-period rally, and a more expected source, Tomas Tatar, added a third-period power play goal (Tatar's 10th goal), leading the Red Wings to a 3-1 victory.
Red Wings beat Maple Leafs 3-1 for desperately needed win
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings earned a desperately needed victory by figuring out how to hold onto a third-period lead.
Trevor Daley scored a tiebreaking, short-handed goal midway through the second period and Detroit went on to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Friday night.
Jimmy Howard had 25 saves for the slumping Red Wings. They had won only one of their previous 11 games, losing the previous two games after having a one-goal lead in the final period.
Detroit – Gustav Nyquist has worked hard during some strong efforts in games this season, hustling in pursuit of goals, more offense and the "finishing" that the Red Wings could use to win more close games.
Nyquist's reward around the net has not always been just.
Against the Jets on Tuesday, however, good fortune prevailed. Nyquist's big, three-point night helped the Wings take flight against the offensively powerful Jets.