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MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens put an end to a tough losing streak Tuesday night.Tomas Tatar scored in the third period to lift Montreal over the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 www.officialhockeyrangersshop.com , ending a four-game skid with its first victory since Feb. 4.Paul Byron and Max Domi also scored, and Carey Price made 31 saves.“We knew, everyone knew, that this was the biggest slump of the year,” Domi said. “That one’s out of the way, now we just got to focus on the next one.”Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots, and Josh Anderson and Nick Foligno scored for Columbus.“Worked hard to get back in it. Couldn’t finish,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said.The Blue Jackets were playing the second game of a back-to-back after losing to Tampa Bay on Monday night. The visitors were also without forward Artemi Panarin, who sat out due to illness.Byron scored in his return to the lineup after missing the last six games due to a forearm injury.In the second period, Domi and Foligno, both sons of former NHL enforcers, exchanged blows after Foligno hit defenseman Mike Reilly from behind.“When one of your buddies gets hit like that, you got to step in,” Domi said. “That’s part of what being a teammate is.”“(Domi) asked me, and I said, ‘If you want to fight, let’s fight,'” Foligno said. “I’m sure our dads would be proud.”Domi put the Canadiens on the board 90 seconds in. The forward powered up the wing and tried to feed Jonathan Drouin on a 2-on-1. The puck instead went off forward Eric Robinson New York Rangers T-Shirts Authentic , and Domi batted it past Bobrovsky for his 20th of the season.Byron’s goal came nearly 16 minutes later. After Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s shot went wide of the net and off the backboard, Byron was first to the puck and buried it past Bobrovsky for his 11th of the season.The Blue Jackets drew one back in the opening moments of the second period, when Anderson sniped one past Price.Foligno tied it in the third period when he put a rebound past Price. Anderson picked up his second point of the night with an assist.The Canadiens retook the lead at 13:08 of the third on Tatar’s 19th of the season. Defenseman Jordie Benn hung along the boards and fed Tatar with a pass to Bobrovsky’s right, and he quickly tapped it past the goaltender.Tatar said he was trying to find the right position on the play, but he locked into place once his eyes met Benn’s.“I got a little lost,” Tatar said. “I think Jordie looked at me and I just stopped there. He made a beautiful pass for sure.”NOTES: Byron played in his 400th career NHL game. … Blue Jackets’ forward Brandon Dubinsky suited up in his 800th career game.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: Play at Ottawa on Friday night.Canadiens: Host Philadelphia on Thursday night. LAS VEGAS (AP) — After losing both games on a road trip, Vegas coach Gerard Gallant called a team meeting when the Golden Knights returned home.The goal was to get the defending Western Conference champs back on the same page with one another, reminding them what they’re capable of after reaching last year’s Stanley Cup Final.They responded Saturday night.Marc-Andre Fleury got his 50th career shutout, Brad Hunt and William Carrier scored their first goals of the season, and Vegas beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0.“I thought (the meeting) was good, just to remind ourselves of what we have to do and who we are and how we have to play consistently,” Fleury said. “He didn’t go out there yelling at everybody, just straightforward, just honest, just making sure we simplify our game. That’s how we’ve had success before, and tonight we didn’t do anything fancy. But we played hard all game and it paid off.”Fleury, who earlier this season moved into 10th place on the all-time list for victories, stopped 34 shots. The 15-year veteran now has 410 wins New York Rangers Hoodies Authentic , and is the 29th goaltender in NHL history to record 50 shutouts.Ryan Reaves equaled his goal tally from last season by scoring his fourth for the Golden Knights.“I thought we played our game tonight, and that’s what we were worried about,” Gallant said. “We’re trying to play a 60-minute game, and we’re trying to compete and battle hard and get back to the things that make us successful and I think tonight we did that.”Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said prior to the game he likes his team feeding off the adrenaline of playing back-to-back nights, but Carolina is now 1-2 on the second of consecutive games.After sitting out Friday’s 4-3 overtime loss in Arizona, goaltender Scott Darling made 22 saves for the Hurricanes, who never found a rhythm offensively and continued their dismal power play. Carolina, which came in with the worst power play in the NHL, was 0 for 3 with a man advantage. The Hurricanes are now 6 for 51 this season.Since opening the season 4-0-1, the Hurricanes are on a 2-6-2 slide, during which they’ve scored 17 goals after scoring 22 in their first five games.“Tonight was probably the game I didn’t like the most out of all of them, but even saying that, it was a grind game,” Brind’Amour said. “We gotta start finding ways to put the puck in the net, and that’s been the challenge here.”Carolina’s closest chance at a goal came midway through the third, but Justin Williams gloved the puck in after it hit the crossbar, resulting in a no goal. Moments later, on a power play New York Rangers Hats Authentic , Michael Ferland’s wrist shot clanked off the goal post.“They had a lot of shots on net, but they get a lot of shots every night, they put pucks to the net and they go hard to the net,” Gallant said of the Hurricanes. “They got a real good team over there.”While Erik Haula has a point in four of the last six games and has two assists in a game six times this season, the positivity from Gallant’s words in the closed-door meeting were contagious enough to spark fourth-liners Reaves and Carrier, and Hunt, a consistent healthy scratch who was playing in only his fifth game this season.“When we’re winning hockey games those guys are a big part of our group and it’s good to see them get rewarded tonight,” Gallant said. “I know our players are real happy with those guys putting the puck in the night.”Hunt opened the scoring after getting Haula’s perfectly placed pass and burying it past Darling.Reaves found the back of the net with a backhand that slipped under Darling’s pads to extend Vegas’ lead to 2-0 early in the second period. Reaves, who scored a career-high seven goals during the 2016-17 season, while playing for St. Louis, is on pace to score 23 goals this season.Finally, after a forecheck created a turnover in Carolina’s zone, Carrier was able to punch the rebound past Darling through the five hole to give Vegas a 3-0 lead.NOTES: Vegas D Colin Miller played in his 199th career game. … Shea Theodore extended his point streak to three straight games. … Carrier’s and Reaves’ goals gives the fourth line seven goals this season. … Vegas also continues to struggle with its power play, as it was 0 for 4, and is now 6 for 48 this season.UP NEXTCarolina: Visits St. Louis on TuesdayVegas: Visits Toronto on Tuesday

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