Recaps of the Maple Leafs-Lightning and Sharks-Oilers games, plus the latest on Ondrej Pavelec, Jannik Hansen, Rene Bourque, Patrick Wiercioch and more.
TORONTO STAR/TAMPA BAY TIMES: Nazem Kadri had three assists to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Earlier in the day, the Maple Leafs placed defenseman Mike Komisarek on waivers. If unclaimed, Komisarek is willing to report to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering Komisarek has another year at a cap hit of $4.5 million remaining on his contract, I doubt there’ll be many takers. It’s a shame things worked out as they have for Komisarek. Injuries hampered his play, and his contract made him a target for criticism by Leafs fans. I expect he’ll be bought out this summer, though it’ll be interesting to see if he becomes a compliance buyout (which won’t count against the Leafs cap) or, given he’s only got one year remaining on his contract, a regular buyout.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS/EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Edmonton Oilers blew a 3-1 lead as the San Jose Sharks rallied to a 4-3 win in a shootout. Logan Couture and Tommy Wingels tallied in the third period to push the game into extra time, where Dan Boyle won it in the shootout.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ondrej Pavelec’s strong performance of late has been a big factor in the Jets recent surge.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Jets are to clinch a playoff spot, Pavelec must keep bringing his “A” game for the rest of the season .
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks forward Jannik Hansen has improved his performance at both ends of the rink this season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Rene Bourque (concussion) is nearing a return to the Canadiens lineup.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senator rookie blueliner Patrick Wiercioch has been stepping up as veterans are sidelined by injuries.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: His play of late is one reason why the injury-ravaged Senators remain in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames awful team defense (28th overall) is hurting their playoff chances.