Recaps of Monday’s games featuring Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on Craig Anderson and Joffrey Lupul.

Canadiens celebrate Jeff Halpern's goal during their 4-1 win over the Hurricanes.

Canadiens celebrate Jeff Halpern’s goal during their 4-1 win over the Hurricanes.

LA PRESSE/NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Max Pacioretty scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. The win lifted the Canadiens to a three-point lead over the Boston Bruins in the Northeast Division. The Canadiens could be without forward Colby Armstrong for a while, as he left the game with an apparent leg injury.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The NY Rangers overcame a 2-1 deficit to down the visiting Winnipeg Jets 4-2. The win helped the Rangers retain their hold on eighth overall, while the Jets maintained their four-point lead over Carolina with the Canadiens victory over the Hurricanes.

EDMONTON JOURNAL/CALGARY HERALD: Justin Schultz had a goal and two assists leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames, who earlier in the evening traded defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win moves the Oilers to within one point of eighth overall in the Western Conference. Their recent improvement is giving rise to speculation Ryan Whitney and Nikolai Khabibulin won’t be moved by the trade deadline after all.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The San Jose Sharks took a 3-0 lead and staved off a late rally by the Vancouver Canucks to win the game 3-2.

OTTAWA SUN: Injured Senators Craig Anderson, Milan Michalek and Jared Cowen will accompany the club on their six-game road trip. Anderson hinted he might be ready to play by Friday.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul was named the NHL’s first star of the week.

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