NHL Canadian Corner – Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

Game recaps featuring Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on  Alex Tanguay, Jake Gardiner, Chris Higgins and more.

Ondrej Pavelec makes one of his 29 saves as the Jets beat the Sabres 4-1.

Ondrej Pavelec makes one of his 29 saves as the Jets beat the Sabres 4-1.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets kept their playoff hopes alive with a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves for the win, while Jets captain Andrew Ladd had a goal and an assist.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ben Bishop made 31 saves to carry the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over his former team, the Ottawa Senators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A number of Lightning fans were upset over their club parting with promising forward Cory Conacher for Bishop at the trade deadline, but so far he’s got a 2-2 record with the Bolts, giving them a chance to win each game he’s played. As for the Senators, the loss was their fifth straight, leaving them only two points up on eighth place NY Rangers and raising concerns over their hopes of clinching a playoff berth.

LA PRESSE: A more energetic and motivated Washington Capitals team out-played the Montreal Canadiens on route to a 3-2 victory. Lars Eller scored twice for the Canadiens.

CALGARY HERALD: Flames veteran Alex Tanguay adjusts to playing for a rebuilding club.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tanguay, signed through 2016 with a modified NTC, isn’t talking about a trade, but it’ll be interesting to see how long he remains with the Flames. I’m not suggesting he’ll seek a trade, but he could be approached by management about waiving his trade clause.

TORONTO STAR: Defenseman Jake Gardiner is struggling to fit into the Maple Leafs lineup.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could prompt off-season speculation he could be shopped, but I suspect the Leafs will remain patient with Gardiner, who has struggled since suffering a concussion in AHL action earlier this season.

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks forward Chris Higgins (knee sprain) and defenseman Chris Tanev (foot) are sidelined indefinitely.

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers realize they need a big push to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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  1. Happy that Bishop is playing well… not happy with the Sens 5 game losing streak.

    But the odds were not good when Spezza, then Karlssn & MIchalek went down with injury..

    But against all odds this team stayed competitive with 5 of it’s top players out of the lineup.. but it appears they are running out of luck. The injuries are catching up to them.

    Some bad luck as well.. and lack of bounces.

    Did not see the game as I was at the Team Canada loss vs the US… but I did hear about the bogus call on Regin for putting his hand on the puck… when video shows he did not. That put the Bolts on a 5 on 3 with Stamkos, St Louis & Lecavalier on the ice… that resulted in a goal which made the difference of the Sens getting at least a point out of that game…

    Then I saw today that Dan O’Rourke was one of the refs… and that explained the bad call to me…

    But if now by some miracle the Sens make the playoffs.. a beat up team with key injuries doesn’t get to far in the playoffs…

    I hope they play as hard as they can for the rest of the season and they end up where they end up…

    Most games have been close… 24 — one goal games out of 39 games.. at some point they will go the other way…