The Leafs hammer the Canadiens, the Oilers fall to the Flames, the Canucks lose to the Avalanche, plus updates on the Senators and Jets.
TORONTO SUN/MONTREAL GAZETTE: It was a night to forget for Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who was pulled in the first period after allowing three goals on four shots, as the Maple Leafs romped to a 5-1 victory over their long-time rivals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the fits the Maple Leafs have given the Canadiens this season, Habs fans could be hoping their club doesn’t meet the Leafs in the post-season.
CALGARY SUN/EDMONTON JOURNAL: Sven Baertschi had his first multi-point NHL game leading the depleted Calgary Flames to a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers, effectively ending the latter’s playoff hopes this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Definitely a flat effort by the Oilers, who appear to have accepted the reality of their situation before this game even started.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks blew two third period leads to fall to the Colorado Avalanche 4-3, snapping their four game winning streak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luckily for the Canucks, the Minnesota Wild are mired in a significant slump, winning only three of their last ten games. The Canucks hold a five-point lead over the Wild, and barring a collapse down the stretch, should clinch not only a playoff berth but also the third overall seed in the Western Conference.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators goaltending is not just saving their season, but is also on a record setting pace.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: More than half the Jets roster (16) have yet to play in an NHL playoff game. They’re hoping to end that drought this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’ve got a tough road ahead. The eighth overall Rangers hold a two point lead with a game in hand over the ninth overall Jets, while the Washington Capitals hold a four-point lead over them in the Southeast Division standings. Making the playoffs isn’t impossible for the Jets, but they must win at least 4 of their remaining six games, plus the Rangers and Capitals must lose more than they win of their remaining games.