Canadiens down the Red Wings, Jets hurt the Leafs playoff hopes, Canucks and Senators keep their fading postseason hopes alive, plus the latest on Taylor Hall and Flames rookie Ken Agostino.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead but goals by Brian Gionta and Alex Galchenyuk lifted them to a 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings. The win gives the Canadiens a four-point lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning for second in the Atlantic Division.
WINNIPEG SUN/TORONTO SUN: Goals by Tobias Enstrom and Olli Jokinen gave the Winnipeg Jets a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, driving another nail into the latter’s playoff coffin. The Jets out-shot the Leafs 47-25.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Red Wings remain three points ahead of the eighth-overall Columbus Blue Jackets, and four up on the New Jersey Devils and the Leafs. You can’t hang the Leafs loss on goalie James Reimer, as once again the Leafs were out-shot by a wide margin. The Leafs played with little life in this one, as though they knew their playoff chances were slim. The Red Wings and Devils (who have caught the Leafs in the standings) each have a game in hand, while the Blue Jackets have two. The Leafs need a miracle and I don’t believe they’re gonna get it. The odds are stacked against them.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Third period goals by Alexander Edler and Brad Richardson gave the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Robin Lehner made 41 saves as he carried the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers, who still need only one point to clinch a playoff berth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks are six points out of playoff contention in the West. Yes, they still have a chance of making the playoffs, but they need to win all their remaining games and the teams they need to overtake (Dallas, Phoenix and Nashville) to lose all of theirs, especially the Stars and Coyotes. The Senators, meanwhile, are five points out of contention in the Eastern Conference and are in the same boat as the Canucks.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers are having another miserable season, but Taylor Hall is enjoying his best.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames rookie Ken Agostino is looking forward to his homecoming as his club faces off in New Jersey against the Devils on Monday.