Andrei Markov’s return helps Canadiens down slumping Canucks…Maple Leafs drop a close one to Flyers…Senators fall to Sabres…Avalanche down Oilers in a shootout…Jets waiting to see where they stand…Matt Stajan’s performance improving of late.


Markov's return helps Habs down Canucks.

LA PRESSE: Andrei Markov picked up an assist in his first game back from knee surgery, helping the Montreal Canadiens down the slumping Vancouver Canucks 4-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An impressive debut for Markov. The Canucks, meanwhile, had problems against a weak Canadiens team they should’ve easily beaten, indicative of their struggles in recent games.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs played solid defense, but showed little offense, in their 1-0 shootout loss to the Flyers.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators blew three 1-goal leads and ultimately fell to the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in a shootout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators ran into a desperate Sabres team fighting to keep its playoff hopes alive.

EDMONTON SUN: The Colorado Avalanche edged the Oilers 3-2 in a shootout.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets are enjoying a few days break in the schedule, but should know by Monday how much ground they might need to make up in the standings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets are currently ninth overall, only two points out of a playoff berth.

CALGARY HERALD: Matt Stajan’s improved performance of late is helping keep the Flames in the thick of the playoff race.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully, he can keep this going the rest of the way.