Canadiens down the Maple Leafs, Oilers thump the Canucks, Senators fall to the Flyers, plus the latest on the Flames and Jets.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/TORONTO STAR: In a potential preview of a first round match-up, Lars Eller had a goal and two assists to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs were out-shot by a wide margin in this game, raising concerns this ongoing trend could hurt them in the postseason.
EDMONTON SUN/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Nail Yakupov had a hat trick as the Oilers thumped a depleted Canucks team 7-2. The Canucks were resting several key players, and only played Henrik Sedin for 22 seconds, thus ensuring his Ironman streak continued.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s understandable why the Canucks didn’t want Sedin to see much action in a meaningless game before the playoffs, but this tactic didn’t sit well with some fans, who consider it making a mockery of the Ironman streak.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators fell 2-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Senators close out the season today against the Boston Bruin in a game which will determine the playoff seedings in the Eastern Conference.
CALGARY SUN: Flames goalie Joey MacDonald is feeling better after required medical assistance for dehydration following the Flames 3-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe grades the performances of the Jets, as well as that of coach Claude Noel and GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.