Canadiens fall to Panthers in shootout, Hurricanes officially eliminate Maple Leafs from playoff race, time off to heal an injury helped Cammalleri mentally recharge, Senators earn a day off, Jets refuse to give up on season, the goalie controversy continues in Vancouver, and an shoulder injury ends Taylor Hall’s season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens fell in a shootout 3-2 to the Florida Panthers, who increased their lead in the Southeast Division to five points over the Washington Capitals, inching them closer to clinching their first playoff berth since 2000. I’m not a Panthers fan, but I’m cheering them on, as I want to see them end this dubious streak.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: Boos fill the Air Canada Centre as the Carolina Hurricanes eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs from playoff contention with a 3-0 win, marking the seventh consecutive season the Leafs have missed the playoffs. Leafs GM Brian Burke won’t be fired, but he’s now entering the most critical summer of his tenure, and if he fails to turn the club around next season, his critics will get their wish.
CALGARY HERALD: An injury shortly after joining the Flames in a mid-season trade from Montreal gave winger Mike Cammalleri an opportunity to mentally recharge from a circus-like season.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators enjoyed a well-earned day off before gearing up for back-to-back matinee road games against the Flyers and Islanders this weekend.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are refusing to give up on their playoff hopes, but the reality is they’ll need to win all their remaining games, and the Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres to lose theirs, to have a shot at a post-season berth now. As I noted a couple of weeks ago, they were heading into the final stretch of the season playing most of those games on the road, and with their lousy road record, it didn’t bode well for their playoff hopes. It’s a shame, because if they could’ve won a few more road games earlier in the season, they’d be right in there.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks goaltending controversy continues, as Cory Schneider will get the start tonight against the Colorado Avalanche over Roberto Luongo, who’s coming off one of his best streaks of the season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Shoulder surgery has brought Taylor Hall’s season to a close.