Jets edge Maple Leafs…Evander Kane returns to Jets lineup…Brian Elliott haunts former team, beating the slumping Senators…Jordan Eberle on 30-goal pace for Oilers…Leland Irving to get rare start for Flames…Canadiens get rare shoot-out win…Canucks edge Predators in shoot-out.
TORONTO STAR: Phil Kessel scored his 30th goal of the season, but it was for naught, as his Maple Leafs fell to the Winnipeg Jets 2-1.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Evander Kane returned to action from a concussion, which he suffered back in December against the NY Islanders, but wasn’t properly diagnosed until after a game last month against the Buffalo Sabres.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for the baseless rumor Kane suffered his concussion in a fight in a Winnipeg bar last month. Yes, it’s baseless, because if such a thing happened, there were no witnesses and no evidence, only silly word-of-mouth rumors, spread undoubtedly by a few troublemakers who hate Kane and want to smear his reputation. The real issue here is that it’s not so easy to properly diagnose concussion injuries. Kane played ten games with a concussion before it was discovered he had symptoms.
OTTAWA SUN: Former Senators goalie Brian Elliott returned to haunt his old team, backstopping the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 victory, extending the Sens losing skid to seven games.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers forward Jordan Eberle is on pace to pass the 30-goal mark this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seems to me Eberle, who’s been among the few bright spots for the Oilers this season, has been overshadowed by rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and fellow sophomore linemate Taylor Hall. Eberle has already surpassed last season’s numbers and done so in fewer games, and he could end up hitting the forty-goal mark by season’s end.
CALGARY SUN: Backup Leland Irving will get a rare start, likely when the Flames meet the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday.
LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens got a rare shootout win, edging the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks downed the Nashville Predators 4-3.