Helm wins it for Red Wings, Kane scores again

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A pair of third-period goals just over a minute apart from Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm saw the Detroit Red Wings secure an important win over the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL on Thursday.

Helm had the Red Wings up midway through the second period but a quick reply from Sven Andrighetto brought the game back to 1-1.

Tomas Fleischmann put the Canadiens ahead early in the third period but Abdelkader and Helm struck soon after to seal the big win against the Atlantic Division leaders.

Another division leader, the Washington Capitals, suffered a 4-1 loss against the Florida Panthers.

Jaromir Jagr scored after just 51 seconds to record his 731st NHL goal and tie Marcel Dionne for fourth place in league history.

Brandon Pirri and Aaron Ekblad made it 3-0 to the Panthers, before Logan Shaw capped off the great victory after Alex Ovechkin pulled one back for the Capitals.

The Calgary Flames survived a late fightback from the Buffalo Sabres to record a 4-3 win at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Sean Monahan and Markus Granlund had the Flames up 2-0 going into the third period, but a double on the power-play from Rasmus Ristolainen brought the Sabres level.

Monahan completed a double of his own to put the Flames back in front, but Ristolainen completed his hat-trick with five minutes, 45 seconds remaining to bring it back to 3-3.

However, a Johnny Gaudreau goal 55 seconds later sealed a fourth consecutive win for the Flames.

In other results, Patrick Kane extended his point scoring run to 24 games, but his Chicago Blackhawks were humbled 5-1 by the Nashville Predators.

The Philadelphia Flyers accounted for the St. Louis Blues 4-2, while the Tampa Bay Lightning picked up a 4-1 win against the Ottawa Senators.

Meanwhile, three goals in the first 10:48 saw the Winnipeg Jets secure a 6-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.