Canadiens beat the Bruins, Maple Leafs down the Panthers, Senators shock the Lightning, Flames burn the Sharks, updates on Kevin Bieksa, Mike Santorelli and Mark Stuart, and the latest on the Oilers.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Backup Peter Budaj made 34 saves as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1. Daniel Briere enjoyed a two-point game as the Habs chased Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask from the net.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was the first time the Canadiens won back-to-back games in 2014.
TORONTO SUN: Nazem Kadri collected three assists and Jonathan Bernier made 35 saves as the Maple Leafs downed the Florida Panthers 6-3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kadri’s performance has perked up of late, which have silenced the trade rumors dogging him earlier in the month.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Bobby Ryan, Jason Spezza and Kyle Turris each had two-point performances as the Ottawa Senators downed the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop left the game after a collision with a teammate. He suffered a head injury but said following the game he was feeling better.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A big win for the Senators in their efforts to close in on a playoff berth. Fortunately for Bishop he wasn’t seriously injured, which would’ve been a serious blow for the Lightning.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames winning streak reaches four games as they upset the San Jose Sharks 4-1. Jiri Hudler, Dennis Wideman and Mikael Backlund each collected two points in the victory.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks have lost center Mike Santorelli to season-ending shoulder surgery while defenseman Kevin Bieksa is sidelined with a sore foot.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Expect the Canucks to go shopping for help at forward. I’ll have more on the Canucks in my Rumors section.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Veteran blueliner Mark Stuart has played a key part in the Jets 6-2 run under coach Paul Maurice.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins praised goalie Ben Scrivens’ recent record-setting shutout win but was critical of the rest of his team for their poor defensive play.