Milan Lucic’s fist goal with Calgary turned out to be an important one. Lucic scored the eventual winner as the Flames held on to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 at the Saddledome. It’s his first goal in 29 games dating back to his time with the Edmonton Oilers. Chants of “Looo” rained down from the crowd as Lucic hugged his linemates in the corner after putting Calgary ahead 4-1.

The Dallas Stars had lost 11 of the last 14 games against Winnipeg before last night. Joe Pavelski scored on the power play 2:02 into overtime and the Stars beat the Jets 3-2. Dallas goalie Ben Bishop made 36 saves, 15 in the third period and overtime. Blake Wheeler scored his ninth goal and 37th point in 34 career games against Dallas.

Cayden Primeau did not look out of place on the Bell Centre ice. The Canadiens goaltender stopped 32-of-35 shots in his N-H-L debut, coming up just short in a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. The 20-year-old son of former N-H-L player Keith Primeau did his part to keep a struggling Montreal squad in the game against the league’s top-ranked offence.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse called it “an interesting experiment.” But ultimately it proved to be another opposition failure in the James Harden laboratory. Toronto restricted the Houston star to 23 points but failed to corral the rest of the Rockets in a 119-109 loss at Scotiabank Arena. In doubling up on Harden other Rockets were left open. Houston threw up 55 three-pointers, making 22.

The Dallas Cowboys are fading fast. Mitchell Trubisky threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score in the Chicago Bears’ 31-24 victory over Dak Prescott and the slumping Cowboys. The 6-and-7 Cowboys have lost seven of 10 since a 3-and-0 start. Meanwhile, the 7-and-6 Bears have won four of five.

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