Game recaps featuring Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on Andrei Markov, Lee Stempniak and more.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Sedin Twins let the way as the Vancouver Canucks downed the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1. Daniel had a goal and an assist, while Henrik had two assists.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks have clinched a playoff berth, but they’ll need the Sedins to be at their best if they hope to go deep in this year’s playoffs.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets kept their playoff hopes alive by edging the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. They also lost forward Kyle Wellwood to a hand injury.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators didn’t extract retribution from Matt Cooke for his accidental injuring of Erik Karlsson earlier this season, nor did they improve their playoff chances, falling 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though Chris Neil tried to goad Cooke into a fight earlier in the game, the Senators – to their credit – didn’t waste time trying to get “revenge” against him. The loss wasn’t because they were distracted by Cooke, but because the injury-ravaged Penguins were a better team.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers were blanked 3-0 by the Anaheim Ducks, who clinched the Pacific Division title.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens have nominated defenseman Andrei Markov for the Bill Masterton Trophy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering Markov’s career was threatened by knee injuries, he’s a worthy candidate for the Masterton.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames forward Lee Stempniak hopes to shake his reputation as a streaky scorer and also hopes to stay with the Flames.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stempniak is under contract for one more season. I daresay they’ll retain him.
TORONTO SUN: Examining the factors behind the Maple Leafs return to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.