The Maple Leafs down the Ottawa Senators, the Flames beat the Sharks, and the latest on the other Canadian NHL teams.

TORONTO STAR/OTTAWA CITIZEN: Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk each scored, and James Reimer made 39 saves, as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Ottawa Senators 5-4. The Leafs held a 5-2 lead midway through the third but had to hold off a late rally by the Senators, as Daniel Alfredsson and Colin Greening moved them to within a goal of tying the game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The game was also notable for a fight in which Senators forward David Dziurzynski was knocked out by Leafs enforcer Frazer McLaren.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves in a 4-1 win over the Sharks.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves in a 4-1 win over the Sharks.

CALGARY HERALD/MERCURYNEWS.COM:  Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves in his first game back from injury as the Calgary Flames defeated the struggling San Jose Sharks 4-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the Flames to have a shot at a playoff berth, they’ll need Kiprusoff healthy and at his best for the rest of the season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is trying to overcome a mid-season slump.

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is working on his defensive game, and remains confident his offensive game will improve.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks are getting a real boost of late from the line of Mason Raymond, Jannik Hansen and Chris Higgins.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets coach Claude Noel believes his club has the depth in talent to be a winner, but cannot fathom why it continues to struggle with consistency.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t help but wonder if Noel could lose his job if the Jets fail to make the playoffs this season.

RIP Stompin’ Tom Connors, who died yesterday at the age of 77. The Canadian music legend is best remembered by hockey fans for “The Hockey Song“.