Recaps of Thursday’s games featuring Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on the Maple Leafs, Oilers, Flames and Canadiens.

Andrew Ebbetts (R) celebrates his goal against the Predators.

Andrew Ebbett (R) celebrates his goal against the Predators.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE/THE TENNESSEAN: The Vancouver Canucks took a 5-2 lead into the third and held off a late rally by the Nashville Predators to win 7-4.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Ondrej Pavelec made 28 saves and Dustin Byfuglien had two assists as the Winnipeg Jets downed the New York Rangers 3-1 to move ahead of the Blueshirts into eighth overall in the Eastern Conference.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The always creative Jets fans also serenaded Rangers hot-tempered coach John Tortorella by derisively chanting his name, but “Torts” refused to acknowledge the taunt.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/TORONTO STAR: Pascal Dupuis scored twice in the third as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1, handing the latter their fourth straight loss.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leafs fans are starting to get a little nervous now. Can’t say I blame them. When your favorite team hasn’t made the playoff since 2004, a four-game losing streak midway through even a shortened season is cause for concern.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers center Sam Gagner is having a career year.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gagner has averaged 40-or-more points in each of his previous five NHL seasons. He’s currently on pace for46 points  this season, but in 48 games. He’s a restricted free agent with arbitration rights this summer, so don’t be surprised if his agent seeks a $5 million per season contract.

CALGARY HERALD: Much-maligned Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester’s improved offensive play this season has been a boost for his club.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Flames coach Bob Hartley is allowing Bouwmeester to open things up offensively, something he wasn’t really allowed to do under Hartley’s more defensive-minded predecessors.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports via Twitter: Montreal Canadiens expected to announce contract extension for David Dersharnais on Friday.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators new enforcer Matt Kassian touches down in Ottawa.