Canadiens extinguish the Flames, Senators rally to beat the Blues, Jets down the Hurricanes, Leafs mauled by the Panthers, Canucks fall to the Bruins plus an update on the Oilers.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/CALGARY HERALD: Former Flame Rene Bourque scored the winning goal and Carey Price made 27 saves as the Canadiens blanked the Calgary Flames 2-0, snapping the latter’s five-game winning streak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win combined with the Maple Leafs loss to Florida moves the Habs into a tie with Toronto (66 points), but the Canadiens move ahead of them on the basis of one fewer loss.
OTTAWA SUN: Kyle Turris scored the winner in a shootout as the Ottawa Senators rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4. Robin Lehner made 47 saves for the win.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If not for Lehner’s strong play through the first two periods the Senators would’ve been in too deep a hole to rally back.
WINNIPEG SUN: Chris Thorburn scored off a great feed from Jacob Trouba late in the third to lift the Jets to a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Under new coach Paul Maurice the Jets are 9-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets have surged to within two points of a wild card berth in the Western Conference.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs once again left goalie Jonathan Bernier out to dry, falling 4-1 to the lowly Florida Panthers. Bernier made 44 saves, no thanks to his teammates.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another piss-poor defensive effort by the Leafs, this time against a team they should’ve easily beaten.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Boston Bruins downed the Canucks 3-1, handed the latter their fifth straight loss.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks are in big trouble, going 4-11-3 in their last 18 games. They’re barely hanging onto a playoff berth.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers are starting to get more contributions from their secondary scorers.