Five things we learned in the NHL: Canucks can’t keep a lead

The third period between the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks were familiar for both teams in that the Montreal Canadiens stormed back while the Vancouver Canucks frittered away another lead.

Carl Hagelin led the Ducks back into the win column, Roberto Luongo recorded his 69th career shutout as the Florida Panthers edged the Tampa Bay Lightning, and John Tavares scored twice to lead the New York Islanders over the Arizona Coyotes.

Here’s what else we learned in the NHL on Monday night.

Hanifin scores his first
Noah Hanifin has been praised for his strong work ethic as he continues to grow with the Carolina Hurricanes. That hard work paid off Monday night when the fifth overall 2015 draft pick sent an absolute rocket of a shot from the point past Anaheim Ducks goaltender Anton Khudobin for his first career NHL goal.

The goal proved to be the Hurricanes’ only one in their 4-1 loss.

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf scored the game’s final goal — an empty netter — to register his first goal of the season.

Canucks can’t keep a lead
Things started out well for the Vancouver Canucks: A successful rookie prank on Hunter Shinkaruk, a couple of first-period goals and, in the second period, a cushy 3-0 lead and a successful power play.

It looked like the Canucks might get away unscathed by the Montreal Canadiens for the second time this season — except for Daniel Sedin‘s bloody nose, of course.

Not the case. The Canadiens scored two quick goals in the second period — one of which was short-handed — followed by the game-tying goal with just minutes to go in regulation.

David Desharnais‘ overtime beauty sealed the visiting team’s fate, and marked yet another blown lead for the West Coast club.

The Canucks are now 0-6 in overtime, and have won just four of their last 15 games.

Have we seen the last of Semin?
It wasn’t all good for the Canadiens on Monday night. Alexander Semin had just over six minutes of ice time — not necessarily surprising, considering his troubles all season, including seven straight scratches. Could this be the end of his time in Montreal?

Senators go to overtime… again
Speaking of overtime … The Ottawa Senators played yet another period of extra time, bringing their season total to nine OT appearances — five in the month of November alone.

If they didn’t like 3-on-3 to begin with, Monday’s loss to the Detroit Red Wings certainly didn’t help. After Bobby Ryan scored a stunner late in regulation, Tomas Tatar went top shelf with a pretty OT winner — and then reached new heights himself with his sky-high celebration.

Jets can’t keep pace in Central
Monday’s game between the Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues had all the makings of a solid Central Division matchup: Pretty goals, fast-paced play, a fight, and, well … a Jets loss.

The Jets’ four-game divisional road trip could’ve been a defining trip for the club — and maybe it was, but just not in the way the team was hoping.

Winnipeg is currently on a six-game skid, with the four most recent losses coming at the hands of Central Division teams.

The Jets will return to home ice Wednesday to try to snap their skid against another struggling team, the Canucks.

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