MONTREAL — It was only two weeks ago the Montreal Canadiens looked to be in a downward spiral.
They had gone five games without a win and only scored seven goals in that stretch.
All that changed when star goalie Carey Price returned.
Paul Byron got his first career hat trick, Alex Galchenyuk had a career-best four assists and the Canadiens beat the slumping Detroit Red Wings 10-1 Saturday night for their fifth straight win.
Nicolas Deslauriers, Jacob de la Rose and Daniel Carr each scored for the first time this season, and Charles Hudon, Brendan Gallagher, Jordie Benn and Andrew Shaw also scored. Montreal was coming off a 6-3 win against Detroit on Thursday night (see full recap).
Matt Dumba's OT goal lifts Wild over Blues
ST. PAUL, Minn. — In overtime, defenseman Matt Dumba takes the ice to give the Minnesota Wild an offensive boost. That's exactly what he did on Saturday.
Dumba scored 39 seconds into overtime to give the Wild a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues.
After Devan Dubnyk stopped Alex Pietrangelo's point-blank slap shot, Dumba corralled the rebound to start the game-winning rush. When he crossed the blue line, Dumba fed the puck across the ice to Charlie Coyle, who feathered a return pass that Dumba chipped past Blues goalie Jake Allen for his second goal this season.
"There's only three guys out there, so you might as well get it moving up ice," Dumba said. "It just worked that Charlie was coming with me. I was able to get it to him, and after that, it was kind of a blur."
Dumba is one of Minnesota's fastest skaters, which led to coach Bruce Boudreau's decision to start him alongside Coyle and defenseman Jonas Brodin in the 3-on-3 overtime (see full recap).
Fiala, Turris score in shootout to lift Predators over Ducks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kevin Fiala and Kyle Turris scored in the shootout to lead the Nashville Predators over the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Saturday night.
Adam Henrique got his first goal since being traded to Anaheim on Thursday, and Cam Fowler also scored for the Ducks. Fiala and Calle Jarnkrok scored for Nashville.
Jarnkrok tied it at 11:17 of the third period on a power play with a wrist shot that beat Ryan Miller.
Fowler scored at 5:01 of the third when he skated past the blue line into the slot and fired a wrist shot past Pekka Rinne for a 2-1 lead (see full recap).
Hanifin scores late in OT to lift Hurricanes past Panthers
RALEIGH, N.C. — After Carolina twice gave up one-goal leads in a brawl-filled game against Florida, the Hurricanes' last goal gave the Panthers no chance to respond.
Noah Hanifin scored from the right doorstep on a pass by Elias Lindholm with 2 seconds left in overtime, giving the Hurricanes a 3-2 victory on Saturday night.
"It was a great pass by Lindy," Hanifin said. "I don't think there was a lot of time left. I hopped over the bench, Lindy found me, and he made a great pass. There was a lot of good execution there."
Lindholm and Jeff Skinner scored Carolina's regulation goals, while Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist and Nick Bjugstad scored a goal for Florida (see full recap).