Recaps of NHL games featuring Canadian teams, plus the latest on the Maple Leafs, Oilers and Flames.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/BOSTON GLOBE: Blake Wheeler scored twice and Ondrej Pavelec made 27 saves as the Winnipeg Jets overcame a 1-0 deficit with three unanswered third period goals to down the Boston Bruins 3-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win vaulted the Jets into first in the Southeast Division and third overall, two points up on the slumping Carolina Hurricanes, who lost to the Florida Panthers last night.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win moves the Canucks into a tie with the Blues for fifth overall in the Conference.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/NEWSDAY: Four unanswered third period goals lifted the Ottawa Senators to a 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders. The win proved costly, as Senators defenseman Marc Methot was sidelined with a lower body injury. The Senators also learned yesterday winger Milan Michalek will be out a month recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Give it up to the Senators, they’ve been bitten hard by the injury bug, but are still finding ways to win games, thanks largely to their goaltending depth and their young players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The overtime point, combined with the Bruins loss to Winnipeg, ensured the Canadiens remain atop the Northeast Division and second overall, but they’ve now fallen three points behind the surging Pittsburgh Penguins for first overall in the Conference.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs have recalled Jake Gardiner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like his agent’s “#FreeJakeGardiner” hashtag campaign on Twitter finally worked. OK, that’s not the reason why Gardiner was recalled, but I couldn’t resist a bit of a dig.
EDMONTON SUN: Ryan Jones is battling his way back into the Oilers lineup.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames are trying to overcome a horrible road record. Their last road win came on February 17.