Brendan Gallagher had an immediate impact in his return to the Montreal Canadiens’ lineup. He had the eventual winner to help the Habs past the Buffalo Sabres 3-1. Gallagher’s goal came in his first game after missing six straight and 10 of 11 with headaches and concussion-related issues.

Filip Forgsberg and Matt Duchene scored in a shootout, and the Nashville Predators gave coach John Hynes a win against his former team with a wild 6-5 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Also, Alex Iafallo scored his second goal of the game 24 seconds into overtime to lift the Los Angeles Kings over the Arizona Coyotes 3-2.

A busy schedule around the N-H-L sees three Canadian teams in action. First up, the Ottawa Senators are hosting the Washington Capitals. Then the Winnipeg Jets welcome the Boston Bruins. And later the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues are in Edmonton against the Oilers.

The Toronto Raptors stayed red hot in a road game in Cleveland. Serge Ibaka scored 26 points, Kyle Lowry had 23 and the Raptors held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 115-109 for their ninth straight win. Lowry was named a reserve for the N-B-A all-star game before the victory, his sixth time playing in the exhibition and the most in franchise history.

A pair of Canadians had exceptional first rounds yesterday. Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ontario, is the early leader after the first round of the Korn Ferry Tour’s Panama Championship. Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Stephen Ames is leading at the Morocco Champions, the first P-G-A Tour Champions event in Africa.

Austria’s Dominic Thiem faces Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the men’s semifinal of the Australian Open this morning. The winner goes on to face Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. He beat Switzerland’s Roger Federer yesterday in the other semifinal to advance to his eighth Aussie Open final.

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