Canucks douse Flames playoff dreams, Maple Leafs play spoiler in win over Sabres, Capitals open lead over Sabres with shootout win over Canadiens, Steven Stamkos’ 56th goal grounds Jets post-season hopes, Senators move close to clinching playoff berth in shootout win over Flyers, while the Oilers won’t tolerate coasting in season’s final week.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE/CALGARY SUN: The Canucks took over top spot in the Western Conference while eliminating the Flames from playoff contention with a 3-2 overtime victory. So, how long until the Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff trade rumors crank up in Calgary?
LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force a shootout but ultimately fell 3-2 to the Washington Capitals, who opened up a two point lead over the Sabres for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. It was the Habs 50th loss of the season. Nicklas Backstrom also returned to action for the Capitals, which could provide their playoff hopes a significant boost.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets playoff hopes for this season officially ended last night, courtesy of an overtime goal by Steven Stamkos (his 56th of the season), as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Jets 3-2.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators blew a 3-0 lead but ultimately triumphed 4-3 in a shootout, moving the Sens closer to clinching a playoff berth.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Don’t expect the Oilers to coast through the final week of this season.