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McElhinney stops 41, Leafs blank Oilers

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER, 10 At the end of the game, Leafs goalie Curtis McElhinney (35) celebrates his shutout with his team mates. The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Edmonton Oilers 1-0 at the Air Canada Centre ACC, hockey, sport, stick, puck, NHL December, 10 2017 (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

(TSX / STATS) -- TORONTO -- It is rare in hockey that the only goal of a game is scored in the first minute of the first period.

The Maple Leafs did just that Sunday night. Zach Hyman scored 34 seconds into the game, and backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney made sure it stood up, making 41 saves in a 1-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

According to the NHL, Toronto became the 10th team in league history to score an opening-minute goal and win 1-0. It was the second time in two nights.


Tarasenko lifts Blues over Sabres in OT

(TSX / STATS) -- ST. LOUIS -- Paul Stastny has played with Vladimir Tarasenko long enough to realize how much pressure Tarasenko puts on himself to succeed on a nightly basis.

On nights when Tarasenko gets chances but doesn't score, Stastny said, he can see how it affects him.


Wild blow 3-goal lead, beat Sharks in OT

(TSX / STATS) -- SAN JOSE, Calif. -- This being the season of giving, it was only fitting Nino Niederreiter emerged as the final hero Sunday night.

He was the recipient of a bad San Jose turnover, and Niederreiter promptly deposited his 10th goal of the season past Sharks goalie Martin Jones 3:26 into overtime as the Wild beat the hosts 4-3.


Kane helps Blackhawks get past Coyotes

(TSX / STATS) -- CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane could not remember the last time he went four consecutive games without scoring a goal or tallying an assist.

The Chicago Blackhawks right winger was not about to let his points drought reach five games.


Blues F Schwartz out at least 6 weeks

(TSX / STATS) -- The St. Louis Blues placed forward Jaden Schwartz on injured reserve with a right ankle injury and he will be re-evaluated in six weeks, the team announced Sunday.

Schwartz sustained the injury when he blocked a shot in the Blues' 6-1 win over the Red Wings on Saturday in Detroit. He had to be helped off the ice after suffering the injury, which occurred late in the first period, and was not able to put any pressure on his right leg.


Knights activate G Fleury off IR

(TSX / STATS) -- The Vegas Golden Knights activated three-time Stanley Cup winner Marc-Andre Fleury from injured reserve on Sunday and assigned fellow goaltender Maxime Lagace to Chicago of the American Hockey League.

Fleury has been sidelined since Oct. 14 with a concussion. The 33-year-old Quebec native recorded a 3-1-0 mark with a 2.48 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in four games this season.


Panthers to honor former owner Huizenga

(TSX / STATS) -- The Florida Panthers plan to retire No. 37 in honor of franchise founder and former owner H. Wayne Huizenga, the team announced Sunday.

Panthers owner Vincent Viola made the announcement on the 25th anniversary since the club was awarded a hockey franchise. The ceremony will take place on Jan. 19 at BB&T Center when the Panthers host the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.


Kings beat 'Canes in OT, push run to 8

(TSX / STATS) -- LOS ANGELES -- The winning streak seemed in serious jeopardy for the Los Angeles Kings after the Carolina Hurricanes scored twice in the final seven minutes of regulation to tie the score, and then held the puck and two members of the Kings on the ice for nearly three minutes to start overtime.

But the momentum changed in a hurry when Tanner Pearson brought puck into the Carolina zone and scored off his own rebound with 20 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Kings to their eighth consecutive victory, 3-2, on Saturday night at Staples Center.


Zuccarello nets 2 as Rangers down Devils

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW YORK -- Less than 24 hours after a dreadful start and worse finish cost the New York Rangers an opportunity for a win or even a point, they responded with a strong 60 minutes against a divisional rival.

Mats Zuccarello scored twice and Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 26 shots as the Rangers thumped the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.


Tampa edges Jets in OT as run hits 4

(TSX / STATS) -- TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay's Brayden Point continues to thrive in overtime while the Winnipeg Jets just struggle.

Point scored his third overtime goal of the season to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 victory against the Jets on Saturday.

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