Former Boston College captain Ryan Shannon returned home last night, sort of. Skating for the Ottawa Senators, Shannon scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, which sits about one hour’s drive from his childhood home in Darien, Conn.

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun has the complete story.

MK: Shannon has been a bright spot and a key cog in the resurgent Senators’ attack. I still say they’re a team on the wrong path and that their current winning ways are more a product of the pressure being off than anything. But at least Shannon, one of the league’s good guys, is having an enjoyable time.

Elsewhere around the division:

•A reports says that George Gillett might sell the Montreal Canadiens. Guess he’s been watching the Habs play lately.

•This just in! The Buffalo Sabres miss goaltender Ryan Miller.

•Somehow Alex Ponikarovsky has thrived in Toronto even after the trade of Nik Antropov.