Jets rally to down Capitals, Cole’s hat trick powers Canadiens over slumping Senators, Nugent-Hopkins pots shootout winner as Oilers edge Panthers, Maple Leafs upset Devils, Flames playing as though season is lost, and Canucks fine with playing close games.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets rallied from a 3-goal deficit to down the Washington Capitals 4-3, moving them within four points of the Capitals and Buffalo Sabres for eighth overall in the Eastern Conference. The Jets can’t afford any slumps over the next couple of weeks if they hope to keep their playoff hopes alive.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/OTTAWA SUN: Erik Cole scored a natural hat trick in the first period as the Canadiens went on to down the slumping Ottawa Senators 5-1, spoiling the return of Sens goalie Craig Anderson.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the winner as the Oilers downed the Florida Panthers 2-1 in a shootout.
TORONTO SUN: James Reimer made 43 saves and call-up Nazem Kadri scored the game-winner as the Maple Leafs dropped the New Jersey Devils in a 4-3 shootout win.
CALGARY SUN: Steve MacFarlane believes the Flames recent losses suggest they’re playing as though the season is lost.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks are unconcerned over the decline in their offensive production, as they’re finding improvement in other areas of their game necessary to win games by close margins.