Canadiens edge the Rangers, Senators down the Leafs, Oilers win in Ryan Smyth’s farewell game, plus the latest on the Jets and Flames.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Brian Gionta scored the only goal on a penalty shot in overtime to give the Canadiens a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers. Carey Price made 41 saves for his sixth shutout of the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens now await the outcome of the Tampa Bay Lightning-Washington Capitals game today to determine home ice advantage in their opening round series against the Lightning.
EDMONTON JOURNAL /VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Taylor Hall collected three assists as the Edmonton Oilers downed the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 in Ryan Smyth’s final NHL game. Smyth was feted with a lengthy standing ovation late in the game, embraced by his teammates and the on-ice officials after the game, and congratulated by the Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tremendous send-off for the one of the game’s most-respected players. All the best in your retirement, Ryan Smyth.
WINNIPEG SUN: Blake Wheeler was among the few bright spots in this disappointing season for the Jets, setting career-highs in goals (29) and points (69).
CALGARY SUN: The Flames are trying to downplay hype surrounding their recent addition, 2014 Hobey Baker award winner Johnny Gaudreau.