Schneider carries Canucks to victory over Stars, Flames fall at home to Avalanche, Canadiens humbled by Rangers, Kings down Oilers, Jets beat Hurricanes, Senators focused on clinching playoff berth, and Maple Leafs still seek first home win for coach Randy Carlyle.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Cory Schneider had no problem filling in for Roberto Luongo (sore neck), backstopping the Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars.
LA PRESSE: The NY Rangers has little difficulty getting their sixth win in their last seven games, with an easy 4-1 win over the hapless Montreal Canadiens. In a post-game interview, Canadiens forward Lars Eller said he was tired of losing, but it’s obvious his teammates have collectively checked out and are only marking time until their season comes to an end next Saturday.
EDMONTON SUN: The Los Angeles Kings moved into the lead in the tightly contested Pacific Division with a 4-1 win over the lackluster Oilers, who managed only 14 shots in the game. Oilers management also suffered some embarrassment earlier in the day, when their attempt to call up forward Magnus Paajarvi was denied by the league.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets officially eliminated the Carolina Hurricanes from playoff contention with a 4-3 overtime win.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators emerge from their four-day break determined to clinch a playoff berth.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs goal now is to win their first home game under head coach Randy Carlyle.