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FUNERAL HELD IN MONTREAL FOR CANADIENS ICON JEAN BELIVEAU
A funeral mass was held for Montreal Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau at Queen Mary of the World Basilica Cathedral in Montreal on Wednesday. Yvan Cournoyer, Serge Savard, Phil Goyette, Guy Lafleur, Bobby Rousseau and Jean-Guy Talbot served as pallbearers for the ceremony while Cournoyer, Savard, Dickie Moore, Ken Dryden and Geoff Molson all stepped to the podium to eulogize their friend.
KESLER'S GAME-WINNER LIFTS DUCKS TO FIFTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY
Ryan Kesler (1-0—1) netted the game-winning goal in the second period to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory against the Edmonton Oilers. The Ducks have won five consecutive games and eight of their last 10. They lead the NHL with 43 points (19-6-5).
* Anaheim's past 12 victories have been one-goal games, dating to a 1-0 win on Oct. 28 at the Chicago Blackhawks. The Ducks lead the League with 15 wins in one-goal games this season (15-0-5) and join the Vancouver Canucks as the only two teams without a regulation loss in games decided by one goal.
* Kesler scored his 10th goal and second game-winning goal of the season. Kesler is second on the Ducks with 23 points (10-13—23).
* Frederik Andersen stopped 21 of 22 shots and improved to 15-4-4 this season with a 2.46 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. Andersen has started a career-high 16 consecutive games and is tied for fourth among NHL goaltenders in wins (15). Andersen also recorded his second assist of the season when he started the play that led to Kesler's game-winning goal.
* Matt Beleskey (1-0—1) opened the scoring on a power play and extended his career-highs to 14 goals and four power-play goals. Hampus Lindholm (0-1—1) recorded his 10th assist of the season and extended his point streak to a career-high four games (0-4—4). Kyle Palmieri (0-1—1) recorded his third assist of the season and extended his point streak to a season-high three games (1-3—4).
REIMER BACKSTOPS TORONTO TO THIRD STRAIGHT WIN
James Reimer made 41 saves through regulation and overtime and stopped two of three shooters in the shootout to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings. Toronto is 7-1-1 in its past nine games.
* Reimer, who was making his first start since Nov. 15, is 5-3-0 this season and 3-0-0 when facing 40 or more shots. He has a 1.94 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage in those games.
* Phil Kessel (1-0—1) scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season and has scored in four of his past five games. It was Kessel's first point against the Red Wings since recording an assist when in the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1. Kessel leads the Maple Leafs with 29 points (15-14—29).
Toronto forward Richard Panik and defenseman Morgan Rielly skated in their 100th career NHL games. ... Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey skated in his 400th career NHL game. ... Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg (0-1—1) had his team-leading 20th assist of the season and has 16 points (7-9—16) in 13 career games against Toronto. ... Detroit forward Gustav Nyquist (1-0—1) scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season. ... Edmonton forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1-0—1) scored his seventh goal of the season and is tied for the team-lead with 18 points (7-11—18). ... The Department of Player Safety announced that Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella has been suspended for two games for an illegal check to the head of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson.