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