A good night for Nikolaj Ehlers. He recorded his fourth career hat trick to power the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-3 win over the Sharks in San Jose. Mason Appleton got his first career goal and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for Winnipeg, which won for the sixth time in seven games. Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves.

Jacob Markstrom made 29 saves to earn his sixth straight win, lifting the Vancouver Canucks over St. Louis 5-1. Bo Horvat and Jake Virtanen each had a goal and an assist for Vancouver. Markstrom hasn’t lost since a November 29th start against Vegas. Vladimir Tarasenko had the lone goal for the Blues.

William Karlsson and Paul Stastny scored 1:03 apart in the third period, and Marc-Andre Fleury earned his league-leading 20th victory as the Vegas Golden Knights rallied for a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders. Vegas came back from two goals down near the midpoint of the second period.

The Tampa Bay Lightning prevailed at the Saddledome. J-T Miller scored in the seventh round of the shootout as Tampa edged the Calgary Flames 5-4 in a matchup of two of the hottest teams in the N-H-L. The Lightning have gone 10-0-and-1 in their past 11 games. Calgary has just three losses over its last 12.

A milestone night for Carey Price. He stopped 36 shots to get his 300th career win, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the slumping Arizona Coyotes. Arizona has just two goals in the last three games and has lost seven of eight. Earlier, the Toronto Maple Leafs thumped Florida 6-1 at home. Auston Matthews had two goals and two assists.

Josh Richardson scored 22 points to lead the Miami Heat over the Rockets 101-99, snapping Houston’s five-game win streak. Rockets star Chris Paul left the game with a strained left hamstring and is scheduled to have an M-R-I. In other N-B-A action, the Los Angeles Clippers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 125-121 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

In CCHL Action

Cornwall downed Navan 3-1

Pembroke all over Kanata 4-1

Tonight:

Smiths Falls Bears host Navan

Pembroke in Brockville

Cornwall travels to Hawkesbury

Kemptville hosts Nepean

Ottawa at Rockland

Kanata in Carleton Place

Jack Hughes scored with 28.3 seconds left as the United States rallied past Russia 3-2 in Kamloops, B-C in a pre-tournament game ahead of the world junior hockey championship. The Americans reeled off three unanswered goals in the third period to secure the comeback. Canada plays Slovakia in an exhibition matchup tomorrow night. The tournament begins December 26th.

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