Maple Leafs keep their playoff hopes alive, Flames down the Lightning, Jets fall to the Penguins, Canucks GM lays blame for his club’s poor performance, and the latest on Ryan Smyth, Craig Anderson and Douglas Murray.
TORONTO SUN: Despite losing starting goalie Jonathan Bernier to injury and blowing a 3-1 lead, the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Boston Bruins 4-3 on an overtime goal by Nazem Kadri. Bernier suffered a lower-body injury and will have an MRI today.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So here it is, Leafs fans, your club’s season could depend on James Reimer in goal for their remaining games. They’re currently one point out of playoff contention behind the Columbus Blue Jackets, who still hold two games in hand.
CALGARY HERALD: Mike Cammalleri and Curtis Glencross had two-point performances and Karri Ramo made 30 saves as the Calgary Flames upset the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Jets 4-2, snuffing out the latter’s playoff hopes. Meanwhile, Jets winger Evander Kane has been sued for an alleged assault in his hometown of Vancouver last summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: According to the report, none of the allegations have been proven in court.Remember, innocent until proven guilty.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks GM Mike Gillis blamed his club’s struggles on their new style of play this season. Gillis’ comments are seen as distancing himself from head coach John Tortorella.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gillis is right that the change in the style of play has hurt the Canucks’ performance, but it was Gillis who hired Tortorella in the first place, knowing full well the style of play Torts advocates.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Ryan Smyth needs to score only one power-play goal to supplant Glenn Anderson as the franchise leader in that category.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering the Oilers season is lost, expect Smyth to get lots of time on the power-play over their remaining five games.
OTTAWA SUN: Craig Anderson will be the Senators starting goalie when they face off tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. Captain Jason Spezza is uncertain to play.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray received a three-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mike Kostka.