Recaps of last night’s games involving Canadian teams, plus an update on Roberto Luongo.
LA PRESSE/NEW YORK POST: Second period goals by Erik Cole, Alexander Galchenyuk and Lars Eller carried the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-0 win over the slumping New York Rangers. Carey Price made 17 saves for the win, as the Canadiens regained sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. The loss was more painful for the Rangers, who lost defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi to injuries. Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty could face a disciplinary hearing for boarding McDonagh.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/TORONTO SUN: A last minute goal by Colin Greening snapped a 2-2 tie to lift the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Mika Zibanejad and Erik Condra also scored for the Senators, while Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur tallied for the Leafs. Ben Bishop made 26 saves for the win.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the fourth straight win for a banged-up Senators squad, who are turning to their younger players to fill in for injured stars like Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson.
EDMONTON JOURNAL/ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle scored in a shootout as the Edmonton Oilers rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to edge the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2. Nikolai Khabibulin made 34 saves for the win in his third start in the Oilers last four games, while Mike Smith made 41 saves in a losing cause for the Coyotes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a big win for the Flames, who run the risk of falling further out of the playoff race if they don’t start stringing some wins together soon.
PHILLY.COM/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Third period goals by Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds rallied the Philadelphia Flyers past the Winnipeg Jets 5-3. The Jets had a 3-1 lead until the middle of the second period, when Claude Giroux scored to put the Flyers to within a goal, settin the stage for Schenn and Simmonds.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Roberto Luongo dismissed a claim by Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos that he’s overhauled his public image in order to make himself more attractive in the trade market.