Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson pots shootout winner over Canadiens…Scott Gomez doesn’t want to miss the playoffs…Rangers shut out Maple Leafs…Jets Blake Wheeler takes puck in the neck in loss to Devils…Flames lose to Kings in Darryl Sutter’s return…A call to blow up the Oilers again…Keith Ballard benched.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson sunk the Montreal Canadiens with the winning goal in a 3-2 shootout victory.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Canadiens forward Scott Gomez is hoping he won’t miss the playoffs this season, something he’s never done since his NHL debut in 1999-2000.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Canadiens go on a tear over the remainder of the season, Gomez’s playoff streak will end this year.
TORONTO SUN: The Rangers blanked the Maple Leafs 3-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leafs GM Brian Burke recently said it’s not enough for his team to make the playoffs, they must also advance or at least be difficult to eliminate. If the Leafs make the playoffs and face the Rangers, this game may be an indicator of what the Leafs could be in store for.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Blake Wheeler was taken to hospital after being struck in the neck with the puck during his team’s loss to the New Jersey Devils. Fortunately, tests and x-rays revealed no serious injury.
CALGARY SUN: Former Flames GM Darryl Sutter was a winner in his return to Calgary as coach of the LA Kings, as his club downed the Flames 4-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A glimmer of good news for the Flames: Mike Cammalleri scored his first goal.
EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones calls for Oilers management to continue blowing up the roster.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At this pace, the Oilers could be in line for another draft lottery pick.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard’s struggles have resulted in a recent benching in favor of Alex Sulzer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If GM Mike Gillis could trade Ballard he would, but his $4.2 million per season salary will likely keep him on the Canucks roster for the rest of this season. If there’s a penalty-free buyout period at the start of the next CBA, the Canucks will probably buy out Ballard.