Oilers fall to Canucks…Jets back in playoff chase…A deeply personal cause for Flames’ Alex Tanguay…Leafs in an offensive funk…Senators gaining notice…Habs coach blames fatigue for loss to Devils.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE/EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Canucks won their league-leading 20th road game this season, downing the Oilers 5-2. Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin spent the last two periods on the bench with what the Oilers called a “tweaked groin”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Oilers are thinking of shopping Khabibulin, they’d better hope that groin injury isn’t more serious.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets moved into a tie with the Maple Leafs for eighth in the Eastern Conference with a 5-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche, though the Leafs have two games in hand.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets have seen an increase in offensive production in recent games, especially from their best players, but that trend will have to continue if they hope to hang onto a playoff spot.
CALGARY SUN: Every time Flames forward Alex Tanguay sets up a goal this season, he donates $200.00 toward stomach cancer research, a deeply personal cause for Tanguay, as his mother-in-law died of the disease two years ago.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Tanguay gets many more assists over the rest of the season.
TORONTO SUN: One reason the Leafs have struggled of late is they’re not getting much offense beyond their first line.
OTTAWA SUN: A recent poll of NHL players has the Senators tied with the Florida Panthers as the third most under-rated team in the league this season.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth cites fatigue as a factor in his club’s listless 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils.