Kings hand Flames playoff hopes a death blow, Schneider stellar as Canucks edge Avalanche, Jets playoff hopes all but dashed in home loss to Rangers, Stars down Oilers, a call for Leafs GM Brian Burke to stay the course, Erik Cole upbeat over Canadiens future, and Senators coach keeps his team busy during lengthy schedule break.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Chris Higgins scored the game’s only goal and Cory Schneider made 43 saves as the Canucks downed the Colorado Avalanche 1-0.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Despite jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, the Jets sleepwalked toward a 4-2 loss to the NY Rangers, all but killing their playoff hopes, while the Rangers widened their lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins for first overall in the Eastern Conference to five points.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox believes Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke has little choice but to stay the course and resist the temptation to trade away what could be a potentially high first round pick.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Erik Cole is upbeat over the Canadiens future. While this season has been a huge disappointment for the team and its fans, there is a solid core around which to rebuild, of which Cole is a central piece. This isn’t a team like the Maple Leafs, who’re desperate for a playoff berth. The Habs are coming off four straight years of playoff contention, and with the right moves, could return to that form again next season.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators coach Paul MacLean is keeping his players busy with intense practices during their recent lengthy break in the schedule.