Canadiens edge the Bruins, Maple Leafs dim the Stars, Oilers bury the Avalanche, Senators struck by Lightning, Jets clawed by Panthers, and the latest on Alexander Edler and Karri Ramo.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Montreal Canadiens took over sole possession of first in the Atlantic Division by edging the Boston Bruins 2-1. Carey Price made 32 saves while Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty tallied for the Habs. The game was overshadowed by an injury to Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk when he slammed awkwardly into the boards following a hit by Pacioretty. The Bruins, however, won’t seek supplemental discipline for Pacioretty, considering Boychuk’s injury accidental.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens are red hot right now, having won eight of their last ten games, and with points in nine of those ten.
TORONTO STAR: Jonathan Bernier made 48 saves, Nazem Kadri scored twice and Trevor Smith scored in overtime as the Maple Leafs downed the Dallas Stars 3-2, snapping the Leafs five-game losing skid. The Leafs got the win without center Tyler Bozak, who is sidelined for “an extended period” with an oblique strain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Leafs keep getting out-shot by such high numbers they’ll be lucky to clinch a playoff berth this season. If they do make it,their overworked goalies won’t carry them far. That’s not a knock against Bernier and James Reimer. They’re playing their best, but that heavy work load will eventually take its toll.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Taylor Hall scored his fourth career hat trick as the Oilers upset the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 8-2.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Former Senators goalie Ben Bishop backstopped the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-1 win over the struggling Senators.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Inconsistency continues to plague the Jets, who fell 5-2 to the Florida Panthers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It continues to amaze me how a team with scoring talent like the Jets (Evander Kane, Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom) can be so inconsistent. Granted, they lack skilled defensive depth, and I’m not sold on Ondrej Pavelec as their starting goalie, but this team has the talent to perform better than they have this season.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler is out indefinitely with a knee injury.
CALGARY SUN: Karri Ramo is making the most of his opportunity to claim the starting goalie role for the Flames.