Canadiens beat the Canucks, Maple Leafs down the Lightning, Senators edge the Sabres, Flames defeat the Islanders, Oilers beat the Rangers and the Jets fall to the Capitals.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Max Pacioretty tallied a hat trick and Carey Price made 42 saves as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. Pacioretty also became the first player in Canadiens history to be awarded two penalty shots in the same game, but he failed to score on both chances. Canucks captain Henrik Sedin (rib injury) won’t be playing for Sweden in the Sochi Olympics.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of late Price has been making the case for being Canada’s starter over Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo at the upcoming men’s Olympic hockey tournament. Ultimately, of course, it’ll be their performances in Sochi which will decide who gets that honor.
TORONTO SUN: Phil Kessel collected two assists and Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves as the Maple Leafs downed the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was forced to leave the game with an upper-body injury.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Milan Michalek scored twice (including a team record for the fastest goal to open a period – 10 seconds) as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-2.
CALGARY HERALD: Reto Berra made 28 saves while Mikael Backlund continues his hot play with two points as the Calgary Flames doubled up the New York Islanders 4-2.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Ben Scrivens made 35 saves while Nail Yakupov scored the late game winner as the Oilers edged the New York Rangers 2-1.
WINNIPEG SUN: Alexander Ovechkin became the first player to reach 40 goals this season (and reached that mark for the sixth time in his career) as the Washington Capitals downed the Winnipeg Jets. Bryan Little and Dustin Byfuglien scored for the Jets.