Canucks defeat the Wild, Flames doused by Ducks, updates on Andrew Ladd, Martin Marincin and Mark Stone, plus the latest on the Canadiens and Maple Leafs.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: David Booth scored twice to lift the Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win moves the Canucks within four points of a playoff berth.
CALGARY HERALD: Andrew Cogliano’s goal late in the third lifted the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames. Brian McGrattan and Jiri Hudler tallied for the Flames.
TORONTO SUN: Dion Phaneuf, Jonathan Bernier and coach Randy Carlyle are among five on the hot seat as the Maple Leafs drop out of playoff contention.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Things are getting ugly in Toronto. It’ll get worse if the Leafs don’t snap out of their swoon.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Though the Canadiens seem all but assured of a playoff berth they’re not taking it for granted.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets captain Andrew Ladd recently skipped a game to attend the birth of his daughter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A few whistleheads were upset with Ladd because he put his family over the team. Folks, if you put your job ahead of your family, you won’t have the latter for long. Ladd did the right thing. Besides, given how the Jets have played lately, his missing a game wasn’t going to hurt them.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers rookie defenseman Martin Marincin has shown promise this season.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators winger Mark Stone has a chance to impress as he fills in for the sidelined Bobby Ryan.