With most of the teams taking to the ice last night, a further three games were played tonight. The Columbus Blue Jackets had a back-to-back straight out the post-Christmas gate, having played the New York Rangers last night, they hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs this evening.
Montreal Canadiens v Florida Panthers
Antii Niemi started between the pipes in place of the injured Carey Price, making 23 saves for the Canadiens who have won three in a row.
Tomas Tatar scored twice, including the tie breaking goal at 8:54 of the third period.
Canadiens v Lightning – Saturday, December 29th (7pm)
Flyers v Panthers – Saturday, December 29th (7pm)
Ottawa Senators v New York Islanders
Mathew Barzel scored twice in the third period to help the Islanders rally for a 3-6 comeback win.
Josh Bailey, Anders Lee, Johnny Boychuk and Casey Cizikas all found the net for New York, who have now won five of their last six games.
Robin Lehner made 10 saves in relief of Thomas Greiss, who allowed three goals from 17 shots before being pulled at 6:11 of the second period.
Capitals v Senators – Saturday, December 29th (7pm)
Islanders v Maple Leafs – Saturday, December 29th (7pm)
Toronto Maple Leafs v Columbus Blue Jackets
With his appearance in Columbus, Patrick Marleau now sits 10th on the games played list, having played his 1,613th tonight passing Ray Bourque.
Mitchell Marner had a goal and two assists, whilst John Tavares scored twice as the Maple Leafs defeated the Blue Jackets to extend their winning streak to five.
Islanders v Leafs – Saturday, December 29th (7pm)
Senators v Blue Jackets – Monday, December 31st (7pm)
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