Recaps of last night’s games involving Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on the Canadiens, Maple Leafs and Canucks.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Jakob Silfverberg’s third period goal snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 victory over the NY Rangers, ending the latter’s four-game winning streak. Senators goalie Robin Lehner got the win over his boyhood idol, Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/MIAMI HERALD: Dustin Byfuglien scored in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Florida Panthers 3-2. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Panthers, who had overcome a two-goal deficit to force overtime.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The free-falling Oilers are now only one point out of dead last in the Western Conference. At this pace, they’ll be in line to win another draft lottery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Really wasn’t a good night for Alberta’s teams. The loss puts the Flames only one point ahead of the Oilers in the Western Conference standings.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey credits coach Michel Therrien for the fine job he’s done with the Canadiens in the firt half of this season.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs credit their toughness this season as a key factor in their improvement.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: David Booth has no goals in his last eight games, but remains in coach Alain Vigneault’s good graces.