How Canadian NHL teams fared last night
Ceci propels Senators to 2nd straight win
There were five Canadian NHL teams in action on Thursday night, with the Ottawa Senators the lone club coming off a victory.
Here's a quick look at how they fared:
Ceci gets an 'A'
Young defenceman Cody Ceci's second goal in three games stood up as the winner in Ottawa's 4-2 doubling of Carolina, marking the first time the Senators have posted back-to-back victories since Jan. 16-18. The Hurricanes lost for the first time in three starts and failed to earn a point for the first time in six contests.
Bittersweet night for Blueshirts
Derek Stepan scored the winning goal in the New York Rangers' 4-2 decision over the Maple Leafs, but much of the water-cooler talk Friday will be about Toronto forward Leo Komarov and a potential suspension after he was ejected for a first-period elbow to the head of Rangers defenceman Ryan McDonagh.
Ducks keep rolling
A poor home record and a visit from surging Anaheim was a recipe for disaster for the Vancouver Canucks, who put forth a decent effort versus the Ducks but dropped a 5-2 decision to fall to 9-13-5 this season at Rogers Arena. Ryan Getzlaf, Rickard Rakell and Sami Vatanen each had a goal and an assist for Anaheim, which finished a seven-game road trip with a 5-1-1 record and improved to 11-1-1 over its last 13 outings.
Stammer shootout hero
Steven Stamkos had little trouble blocking out trade rumours, scoring in regulation and the winning goal in Round 5 of the shootout as Tampa Bay outlasted the Winnipeg Jets 6-5. Stamkos' first-period marker was his 23rd of the season and 299th in his NHL career. Trailing 4-1 in the third period, the Jets scored four goals to force overtime, led by Andrew Ladd's pair.
Wild unbeaten with Torchetti
The Minnesota Wild scored two power-play goals en route to a 5-2 win at Edmonton, their third in as many starts under new head coach John Torchetti. Matt Dumba and Thomas Vanek paced the attack with a goal and an assist each while Connor McDavid and Nail Yakupov replied for the Oilers, who have lost three straight and six of their last seven games.