How Canadian NHL teams fared last night
Galchenyuk steps up as Canadiens end skid
There were four Canadian NHL teams in action Tuesday night, three of which were coming off losses. Here's a quick look at how they fared:
Galchenyuk stars vs. Dallas
Alex Galchenyuk helped Montreal halt a four-game losing skid with two goals, including the winner, and three points in a 4-3 overtime victory over the visiting Dallas Stars. It was the 22-year-old Canadiens forward's third two-goal game in his last four starts and first three-point effort since Oct. 10 at Boston. The bad news is forward Brendan Gallagher is sidelined two to three weeks.
Owning the Oilers
Goalie James Reimer earned his first win with San Jose, turning aside 31 Edmonton Oilers shots for his first shutout in 98 appearances in a 3-0 Sharks decision. Acquired ahead of the Feb. 29 trade deadline from Toronto, Reimer is 5-0-0 with two shutouts and a .959 save percentage in his career versus Edmonton. Logan Couture, who hadn't scored in seven games, led the San Jose offence with two goals.
Playoffs in sight
Ottawa blew a 3-2 lead in the third period but managed to gain ground on Detroit in its post-season pursuit, earning a point in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. The Senators moved to within five points of the Red Wings, who were beaten 5-3 in Columbus and occupy the second wild-card playoff spot. Zack Smith scored his 19th goal for Ottawa to give him a career-best 27 points.
Smith has way with Jets
Winnipeg had no answer for Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith, who scored twice in a 4-2 doubling of the hometown Jets. Smith has five goals and 10 points in his last four games. Colton Sissons and Ryan Johansen also scored for Nashville, which extended its franchise-record points streak to 13 games (9-0-4). Winnipeg lost for the fifth time in six games, going 1-3-1 on a five-game homestand.