Recap of the Oilers-Blue Jackets games, plus the latest on Dustin Byfuglien, Erik Cole, James van Riemsdyk, Jason Garrison and more.
EDMONTON JOURNAL/COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Devan Dubnyk made 39 saves to backstop the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, snapping the Oilers five-game losing streak. Magnus Paajarvi scored the eventual game-winner on a shorthanded effort to snap a 1-1 tie.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dubnyk stole this one for the Oilers, as the Blue Jackets dominated but could only beat the Oilers netminder once.
TORONTO STAR: It’ll be mixed emotions tonight for Maple Leaf forward James van Riemsdyk and Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn as the two will face off against each other for the first time since they were traded for each other last June.
WINNNIPEG FREE PRESS: Dustin Byfuglien returns to the Jets lineup since suffering a lower-body injury on January 31.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens winger Erik Cole apologized to his teammates for his slow start and vows to improve.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: When the Canadiens got off to a hot start, Cole’s struggles were overlooked, but with the club now mired in a three-game (0-2-1) losing skid, his poor play has come to the fore. Apologizing to his teammates is fine, but he’ll have to back it up by playing better.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Garrison showed off his shot during the Canucks skills competition, with his hardest clocking in at 101.8 mph.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That shot would be even more impressive if Garrison could generate more offense with it than he currently has for the Canucks.
CALGARY HERALD: Despite the Flames 5-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks could have been worse if not for goalie Leland Irving.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Irving actually didn’t have a bad game, and to pin that loss solely upon him would be wrong.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators scoring has suffered since center Jason Spezza was lost to back surgery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unsurprisingly, the Senators have only won once in their last five games. If the offense doesn’t pick up soon, GM Bryan Murray might be forced to go shopping for help.