Canadiens beat the Red Wings, Canucks narrowly fall to the Avalanche, Jets bite the Sharks, plus the latest on Bobby Ryan, Phil Kessel, Ryan Jones and Brian McGrattan.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Tomas Plekanec scored twice as the Canadiens extended their winning streak to four games with a wild 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Tyson Barrie scored in overtime as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Vancouver Canucks 3-2. Yannick Weber and Zack Kassian scored for the Canucks.
WINNIPEG SUN: Tobias Enstrom’s third period power-play goal lifted the Jets to a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens maintained a two-point lead over Tampa Bay for second in the Atlantic Division. The Red Wings still hold the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The Canucks pick up a point but are five points out of playoff contention in the Western Conference, while the Jets are nine points back.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Hernia surgery brings Senators winger Bobby Ryan’s season to an end.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not a happy ending to Ryan’s first season with the Senators. Could it be his last? Discuss.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: Toronto Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel rose to the defense of team captain Dion Phaneuf, who’s become the whipping boy for Toronto fans and media over the Leafs recent demise.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kessel is usually reticent with the press so you know he felt strongly about defending his captain, who’s unfairly become the scapegoat for the Leafs defensive woes. Phaneuf is not being employed properly, as coach Randy Carlyle is trying to use him in a two-way role as he did with Chris Pronger in Anaheim. Phaneuf is a good puck-moving defenseman who’s doing his best in the role he’s been given, but he’s no Chris Pronger.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers forward Ryan Jones absorbs the pain of shot-blocking.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames enforcer Brian McGrattan reflects on playing 300 NHL games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: McGrattan’s overcome personal demons to become a more effective role player during his NHL career.