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FRIDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
COLUMBUS 2, NY Rangers 0
DETROIT 3, Buffalo 1

CANADIENS TO HOST MAPLE LEAFS AS NHL CELEBRATES 100 YEARS
Longtime Original Six rivals will face off on Saturday when the Canadiens (8-10-2, 18 points) host the Maple Leafs (13-7-0, 26 points) – who have won five consecutive games – at Bell Centre as part of a series of events and ceremonies in Montreal to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the League.

* Representing the Original Six roots of the NHL, Hall of Famers Ray Bourque (BOS), Yvan Cournoyer (MTL), Rod Gilbert (NYR), Dave Keon (TOR), Frank Mahovlich (DET) and Denis Savard (CHI) will make a special pre-game appearance at the NHL Centennial Fan Arena before taking part in the ceremonial puck drop.

ICYMI: NHL general managers met at the historic Windsor - where, according to the handwritten minutes taken 100 years ago, a meeting was called "to ascertain if some steps could not be taken to perpetuate the game of hockey," and the National Hockey League officially came into being on Nov. 26, 1917.

* Following the meeting, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, the NHL general managers, Hall of Famers and representatives from the Government of Canada dedicated a plaque recognizing the historic site as the birthplace of the League.




BOBROVSKY, BLUE JACKETS SHUT OUT RANGERS
Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside all 36 shots he faced to help the Blue Jackets (12-7-1, 25 points) earn their third consecutive victory. Bobrovsky registered his second shutout of the season (21st career) to extend his personal winning streak to three games, posting a 0.65 goals-against average, .980 save percentage and one shutout over those contests.


Zach Werenski opened the scoring with his sixth goal of the season which stood as the game winner. Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (7) is the only NHL blueliner with more goals this season. Per Elias, Werenski – who also tallied the overtime winner on Nov. 14 at MTL – joined Nikita Nikitin (Mar. 1-3, 2012) as the only defensemen in Blue Jackets franchise history to register the game-winning goal in back-to-back games.

RED WINGS EARN SECOND STRAIGHT WIN 
Luke GlendeningTomas Tatar and Dylan Larkin found the back of the net to help the Red Wings (10-8-2, 22 points) win their second straight game. Detroit – who earned an 8-2 W vs. CGY on Nov. 15 – have outscored their opponents 11-3 over the past two contests.  

QUICK CLICKS

· Atkinson signs seven-year contract with Blue Jackets

· Beliveau, Richard Centennial portraits unveiled

· Tkachuk suspended one game for actions in Flames game against Red Wings

· Gudas to have hearing for actions in Flyers game against Jets

· Greatest Moments: Bourque inspired by Orr’s Cup-winning goal

· Greatest Moments: McDavid can't see Gretzky's 50 in 39 being equaled

 

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KOPITAR LOOKS TO MATCH LONGEST POINT STREAK OF SEASON
Kings forward Anze Kopitar, who is riding a 10-game point streak (3-9—12 in 10 GP), looks to match the longest point streak by any player in the NHL this season. Lightning teammates Steven Stamkos (4-17—21 in 11 GP) and Nikita Kucherov (12-7—19 in 11 GP) both had parallel 11-game point streaks to open the season from Oct. 6 – 26.

* Coincidentally, Stamkos – who leads the NHL in assists and points (10-25—35 in 19 GP) – and Kucherov – who ranks first in goals and second in points (17-16—33 in 19 GP) – are on concurrent five-game point streaks as they look to propel the League-leading Lightning (15-2-2, 32 points) to a sixth consecutive victory when they face the Islanders (10-6-2, 22 points).

PENGUINS, BLACKHAWKS FACE OFF ON NHL NETWORK
The Penguins (11-7-3, 25 points) and Blackhawks (9-8-2, 20 points) – who have combined to win six of the last nine Stanley Cup championships including each of the past three (CHI: 2015; PIT: 2016 and 2017) – face off at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Saturday marks the second meeting between the clubs this season. In the previous contest, Brandon Saad (3-0—3) notched a hat trick for the Blackhawks in a 10-1 W vs. PIT on Oct. 5.

Thanks to the PR department of the National Hockey League for the information above.

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