MONTREAL - Jaroslav Halak's return to the Bell Centre ended with a shutout and standing ovation.
The Slovak goaltender, who became the darling of the Montreal fans during a run to the NHL Eastern Conference final two seasons ago, made 19 saves as his St. Louis Blues blanked the Canadiens 3-0 on Tuesday night.
BOSTON - There's nothing like a tying goal eight seconds into the third period to shake a team out of a two-period slumber.
Nathan Horton's second goal of the game keyed Boston's three-goal third period as the Bruins beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 Tuesday night in game that saw both teams attempt penalty shots.
TORONTO - If Nikolai Kulemin didn't grab the attention of his teammates with an early goal and an assist, he certainly made sure they took notice afterwards.
WASHINGTON - The Washington Wizards won a game for the first time in nearly nine months, and did it with a reshaping of their front line.
Coach Flip Saunders decided to bench forwards Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis. He started rookie Chris Singleton and second-year player Trevor Booker in their place, and the revamped team beat the Toronto Raptors 93-78 on Tuesday night for its first victory after eight losses this season.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Ottawa Senators are on such a roll that even one of their most spectacular goals of the season was met with little more than a shoulder shrug.
Milan Michalek scored twice and Jason Spezza undressed Pittsburgh goalie Brent Johnson on a brilliant deke as the Senators thumped the slumping Penguins 5-1 on Tuesday night.
Chris Neil and Bobby Butler also scored for the Senators, while Craig Anderson stopped 29 shots as Ottawa won for the sixth time in seven games.
LONDON - Canada's men's gymnastic team narrowly missed out on a berth in the 2012 London Olympics.
Needing to finish in the top four of the eight teams competing in the 02 Arena, Canada wound up fifth by 0.5 points on Tuesday.
The British men won the final qualifying meet, blowing away its rivals with a commanding score of 358.227 in front of its own fans in southeast London.
ALAMEDA, Calif. - Reggie McKenzie made clear on his first day as Raiders general manager that there's a new regime in Oakland.
Soon after officially signing his contract to be the first general manager since longtime owner Al Davis' death, McKenzie fired coach Hue Jackson in a bold first move as he looks to give the organization a fresh start.