Canadiens blank Stamkos in win over Tampa Bay, Schneider believes Luongo will elevate his game for playoffs, Senators goalie believes teammate Karlsson should win the Norris, Phaneuf deserves share of blame for Maple Leafs disappointing season, Jets solid play comes too late to save season, Oilers and Flames hoping to finish seasons on high note.
RDS.CA: The Montreal Canadiens prevented Steven Stamkos from continuing his quest for 60 goals, keeping the sniper off the board in a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Stamkos will have only two more games (Toronto tonight, Winnipeg on Saturday) to reach that mark.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks backup Cory Schneider, who has outplayed Roberto Luongo for the most part this season, not only believes Luongo should get the start in the playoffs, but his teammate will also elevate his game. Give it up to Schneider, he’s gone out of his way to diffuse any attempt by Vancouver fans and media to drum up a goaltender controversy. Luongo will probably get the start when the playoffs open, but rest assured that if he struggles early, Schneider will take over.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators goalie Craig Anderson believes teammate Erik Karlsson deserves to win the Norris Trophy this season. Well, of course, he does, it’s not as though Anderson would suggest otherwise.
TORONTO SUN: Dave Hilson believes Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf must shoulder his share of the burden for the club’s disappointing performance this season.
WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen scolds the Jet for their recent passion in road games, wondering where it was earlier in the season, when it would’ve mattered.