Maple Leafs down the Canucks, Canadiens beat the Hurricanes, Jets fall to the Blues, Senators mauled by Bruins, Flames edged by the Flyers, and Oilers coach Dallas Eakins assesses his club at the Olympic break.
TORONTO STAR/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Third period goals by Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk lifted the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks, handing the latter their seventh straight loss. The win was the Leafs first over the Canucks since 2003.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The loss and the Dallas Stars victory over the Phoenix Coyotes also knocked the Canucks out of a playoff berth.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: David Desharnais scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens picked up their third straight win by defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty was knocked from the game after crashing into the Hurricanes net but claims he’ll be able to play for Team USA at the Sochi Olympics.
WINNIPEG SUN: Mark Scheifele’s two goals weren’t enough to prevent the Jets from falling to the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in a shootout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets picked up a point in the loss, keeping them within two points of a wild card berth entering the Olympic break.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators afternoon woes continue as they were thumped 7-2 by the Boston Bruins.
CALGARY SUN: Flyers goalie Ray Emery made 31 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers edged the Calgary Flames 2-1. Matt Stajan tallied the Flames lone goal. Earlier in the day the Flames announced the re-signing of defenseman Kris Russell to a two-year contract worth $2.6 million per season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins believes his team is making strides in its efforts to improve its defensive game.