Canucks victory over Bruins a costly one, Flames Olli Jokinen and Lance Bouma also have big night as Iginla pots his 500th goal, the Maple Leafs edge the Red Wings, the Canadiens win their second in a row, Jets defenseman Johnny Oduya an unlikely OT hero, some words of advice for Oilers fans, and the Senators on the road to success.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks victory over the Boston Bruins yesterday was a costly one, as they lost defenseman Sami Salo to an apparent shoulder injury and Andrew Ebbett to a broken collarbone.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was a very physical, emotional game, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Bruins forward Brad Marchand faces suspension for the hit on Salo.
CALGARY SUN: On the same night Flames captain Jarome Iginla scored his 500th goal, Flames center Olli Jokinen celebrated his 1,000th NHL game, while rookie Lance Bouma potted his first career NHL goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win also snapped a five game losing skid, and keeps the Flames four points out of a playoff spot in the tightly packed Western Conference playoff race.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs blew a 3-0 lead but salvaged a victory on a third period goal by Joffrey Lupul.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was a big win for the Leafs over a very tough opponent, but also highlighted the ongoing defensive problems they’re currently having, which need to be addressed in the coming weeks.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1, for their first consecutive win since early December.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite giving up the first goal, the Canadiens played an overall solid game. A few more like those and they could be above .500.
WINNIPEG SUN: Defenseman Johnny Oduya was the surprise OT hero, potting the winning goal as the Jets downed the Buffalo Sabres 2-1.
EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones offers advice for Oilers fans unhappy over yet another mid-season meltdown, pointing out the team is getting better and to remain patient with their development.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tough to be patient after five years of no playoffs, but they are getting better, it’s just going to take another year or two, and more defensive depth.
OTTAWA SUN: Jason York on the Senators road to success.