NHL: O'Brien Does it Again, Eight Gopher Alums in NHL Action Thursday

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For the second night in a row, former Gopher Jim O'Brien dug Ottawa out of an early deficit in route to a Senators' win. 

After sparking the Sens to a 3-2 rally after being down 2-0 to Washington on Tuesday, O'Brien replicated the performance on Wednesday, quickly answering Montreal's early goal with the first of five unanswered scores by the Senators in a 5-1 win over the Canadiens. 

The goal marked O'Brien's third of the season -- tying the third-year forward for a career-best in just seven games this season (3-3--6 in 28 games last season). O'Brien and the Senators return to action on Friday night against Carolina. 


*Jordan Schroeder, Keith Ballard and the Vancouver Canucks came out on top in a 3-0 battle over Erik Johnson and the Colorado Avalanche. 

*Thursday NHL Games with Gopher connections: BUF (Vanek, Leopold) vs. Boston, WAS vs. TOR (Kessel), PIT (Martin) vs. NYR (Bickel), COL (Johnson) vs. CAL, NYI (Okposo) vs. NJD, WPG (Wheeler) vs. FLA.

*In AHL news, Kent Patterson has been called up to the Lake Erie Monsters. Patterson was named the CHL's Goaltender of the Month and Rookie of the Month for December with the Denver Cutthroats. (More to follow). 

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