Red Wings close gap on Canadiens

The Detroit Red Wings beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Thursday night to close the gap on the NHL Atlantic Division leaders.

Darren Helm's opener was overhauled by goals from Montreal's Sven Andrighetto and Tomas Fleischmann, but Justin Abdelkader equalised on the power play and Helm netted the winner with six minutes left.

The win leaves Detroit four points behind their opponents and two ahead of the Ottawa Senators, who lost 4-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning after two goals from Nikita Kucherov. The Florida Panthers beat Metropolitan Division leaders the Washington Capitals 4-1 to stay a point ahead of the Lightning.

The Nashville Predators triumphed 5-1 against Central Division rivals the Chicago Blackhawks with two games from James Neal and closed to within a point of the second-placed St Louis Blues, beaten 4-2 by the Philadelphia Flyers. The Dallas Stars lead the division by eight points.

The Winnipeg Jets beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-4 while Sean Monahan scored twice in the Calgary Flames' 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres, for whom Rasmus Ristolainen's hat-trick was in vain.