Jets ground the Canadiens, updates on Phil Kessel and Sean Monahan plus the latest on the Senators, Canucks and Oilers.
WINNIPEG SUN/MONTREAL GAZETTE: Michael Frolik’s goal early in the third snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Habs coach Michel Therrien was furious over the officiating late in the game when the Jets appeared to get away with three infractions against Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A well-earned victory for the Jets, who’ve climbed to within four points of a wild card berth. As for the Habs, they’ve struggled to scored in their last two games, both of which were losses.
TORONTO SUN: Phil Kessel is on pace to become the first Leaf to score 40 goals in a season since Mats Sundin in 2001-02.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kessel’s reached the 30-goal plateau for the fifth time in six seasons and leads the Leafs in scoring for the fifth straight season. Only a handful of players have better offensive stats over that period than Kessel. Yet some Leafs fans still believe he’s over-rated and overpaid. Something else Kessel shares with Sundin is a lack of true appreciation from some Leafs fans, probably because – like Sundin – he’s not a “good Canadian boy”. Bottom line is Kessel is the Leafs’ best player and continues to improve with each passing season. Without him, the Leafs are screwed. Like it or not, he’s your franchise player. I’d love to have this guy playing for my team. Like Sundin, you’ll miss him when he’s gone.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators must move past their loss on Saturday to the Maple Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Who wants to see “The Battle of Ontario” in this year’s playoffs? I know I do!
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks shouldn’t expect a happy John Tortorella when his returns from his 15-day suspension. The club’s gone into a tailspin since their coach was suspended two weeks ago.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames rookie Sean Monahan is still adjusting to life as a local celebrity.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Monahan blossoms into the star he’s projected to be, and he’s shown positive signs so far this season, he’ll become well-known around the NHL.
EDMONTON SUN: Former Oilers forward Linus Omark will skate against his old team tonight when the Buffalo Sabres meet the Oilers in Edmonton.