Canadiens shut out the Sabres, Maple Leafs lose their sixth straight, Senators fall to the Panthers, plus the latest on the Oilers, Canucks, Jets and Flames.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Carey Price made 24 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and Max Pacioretty tallied his 100th career NHL goal as the Canadiens blanked the Buffalo Sabres 2-0.
TORONTO STAR: The return of Jonathan Bernier couldn’t save the Maple Leafs from their sixth straight loss, falling 5-3 to the St. Louis Blues. The loss knocks the Leafs to tenth overall in the Eastern Conference.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators blew a 2-0 lead to fall 3-2 to the Florida Panthers in a shootout.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Joe Pavelski scored a hat trick to carry the San Jose Sharks to a 5-2 win over the hapless Oilers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens are now the only Canadian NHL team in playoff contention, their win over Buffalo vaulting them over the idle Tampa Bay Lightning (who hold two games in hand) for second in the Atlantic Division. The Leafs are locked in a four-way tie with the Blue Jackets, Red Wings and Capitals, but they drop to tenth on the basis of games-played, as the others hold games in hand. The Senators gained a point to move to within eight points of a playoff berth.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Sedins logged big minutes this season for the Canucks.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets defense is struggling again.
CALGARY SUN: The hardworking Flames are winning hearts in Calgary.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Everyone knew the Flames wouldn’t make the playoffs this season. Their work ethic and competitiveness was a pleasant surprise and give them something to build upon in their rebuild.