N-H-L -Â Thomas Vanek (VAN'-ihk) was wearing a Canadiens jersey for the
first time but that's all Montreal had to feel good about in Phoenix. Habs took a 5-2 loss to the Coyotes.
In Winnipeg, Los Angeles Kings won their sixth straight 3-1 against the Jets.
The Oilers put on a show with the Great One in the house. Â Taylor Hall scored in overtime as Edmonton rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the New York Islanders 3-2 with Wayne Gretzky in the stands. Gretzky says he's confident the Oilers are heading in the right direction despite their ugly record.
Vancouver Canucks were lacking something in net. Â New starting goaltender Eddie Lack allowed five goals as the Canucks were crushed 6-1 in Dallas.
Tampa Bay suffered an embarrassing loss despite the return of Steven Stamkos. Â The Lightning star returned from a broken shin as the team's new captain. Â But that didn't spark the team, which fell 3-1 to league-worst Buffalo.
O-H-L London blanked Sault Ste. Marie 4-nothing, Plymouth got by Niagara 4-3, North Bay hammered Belleville 8-1, Peterboro edged Kingston 5-4 and it was Saginaw 8, Windsor 3.Â Â Â -
Junior "B" Hockey - GOJHL - Niagara Falls toppedÂ Welland 3-to-1.Â Â Â Â Â Niagara Falls Canucks kept for their hopes for a junior B hockey championship alive for at least one more night. WellandÂ leads the best-of-seven Golden Horseshoe Conference quarter-final series three games to two with game 6 tonight atÂ the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Allan Cup - Brantford Blast look to even their series with the Whitby Dunlops at 2 wins each with a win tonight at homeÂ at the Civic Centre.
Kevin Koe (KOO'-ee) needs one more win to secure first place at the Canadian men's curling champion round robin. Â The Alberta skip must win today's morning match against Quebec. Otherwise he drops into a three-way tie for first place with B-C's John Morris and Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton (STOW'-ton)