Recaps of the Maple Leafs-Rangers, Canucks-Coyotes, Flames-Avalanche and Ducks-Oilers, plus updates on Erik Karlsson, Alexei Emelin and more.
TORONTO STAR: Phil Kessel scored twice and James Reimer made 31 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the NY Rangers 4-3, giving the Leafs a four-point lead over the sixth overall Ottawa Senators.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ryan Kesler scored in his return to the lineup as the Canucks blanked the Phoenix Coyotes 2-0.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames tallied three unanswered goals to overcome an early 1-0 deficit in downing the Colorado Avalanche 3-1.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers suffered their third straight road loss, falling to the Anaheim Ducks 2-1. The losing skid puts their playoff hopes in jeopardy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers are four points out of eighth overall in the Conference. They’re not out of it yet, but if they don’t snap out of their current losing skid soon, they can write off their playoff hopes.
OTTAWA SUN: Injured defenseman Erik Karlsson has resumed skating, giving rise to speculation he could return to the lineup in time for the playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Having suffered a sliced Achilles tendon over seven weeks ago, it was believed Karlsson’s season was over. That he’s even back skating now is remarkable, but he must be careful not to push it or risk setting back his recovery.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin’s season is over, having suffered a torn ligament in his left knee after colliding with Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic on Saturday.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets defense hasn’t improved, which threatens their hopes of making the playoffs.