The Maple Leafs shut out the struggling Senators…Sam Gagner has another big night in another Oilers win…Alex Tanguay’s return bolsters Flames skill…Canadiens lose third straight, while Jets face “big test” against the Habs…Canucks squeak out shootout win over Avalanche.

TORONTO SUN/OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Maple Leafs skated to their second straight shutout, handing the Senators their sixth straight loss, as Toronto thumped Ottawa 5-0.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The victory dropped the Senators to seventh overall, moving the Leafs within one point of the Senators and New Jersey Devils.

Gagner has another multi-point game.

EDMONTON SUN: Hot on the heels of his 8-point game, Oilers center Sam Gagner netted three points in the first period as the Oilers downed the Detroit Red Wings in a shootout 5-4.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If you look up the definition “In the zone”, you’ll see a picture of Gagner.

CALGARY SUN: The recent return from injury of winger Alex Tanguay improves the Flames team skills.

LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens lost their third straight game since the All-Star break, losing 3-0 to the Washington Capitals. The loss dropped the Habs to last overall in the Eastern Conference.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If you’re a Habs fan, start hoping your team keeps losing. The more they lose, the greater their odds of landing the first or second overall pick in the 2012 NHL entry draft. Forget about “salvaging” this season, time to focus on the future.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets face a “big test” today against the Canadiens.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: “Big test”? Seriously? What’s the “big test”? That’ll they narrowly defeat the woeful Canadiens? Or soundly thump them? At this point, that’s the biggest test the Jets can face, provided they go into this game with the right mindset. The Canadiens are ripe for the plucking.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The listless Canucks managed to down the Colorado Avalanche in a shootout 3-2.