Canadiens down the Blue Jackets, Canucks blank the Sabres, Senators defeat the Devils, Oilers fall to the Islanders, Maple Leafs lose to the Hurricanes, plus updates on Evander Kane and T.J. Galiardi.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: After the Habs blew a 3-0 lead, Tomas Plekanec scored two late goals to lift the Canadiens to a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Canadiens also learned winger Max Pacioretty will be out three weeks with a strained left hamstring.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Roberto Luongo made 25 saves backstopping the Canucks to a 3-0 shutout of the Buffalo Sabres.
OTTAWA SUN: Craig Anderson made 40 saves while Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza had three-point nights as the Senators defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators continue to live dangerously with their high shots-against totals, which could wear down their goaltenders over the course of the season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Despite Taylor Hall breaking Wayne Gretzky’s team record by scoring twice in eight seconds, the Oilers fell 3-2 to the NY Islanders. Gretzky later congratulated Hall for breaking the record.
TORONTO SUN: A freak collision with teammate Josh Leivo early in the first period forced goaltender James Reimer from the game, as the Maple Leafs squandered a 2-0 lead to fall to the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Reimer has a concussion history and reportedly suffered a headache from the collision. It has yet to be determined if he’ll miss further time.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets star Evander Kane isn’t expected to miss any time after tweaking his knee during a recent practice.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s good news for the Jets, as Kane has been their best player so far this season.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames forward and former Shark T.J. Galiardi is looking forward to facing his former team when the two clubs square off Saturday in San Jose.