Canucks fall to the Sabres…Offensive checking and Pavelec keys to Jets playoff hopes…Robin Lehner strong so far in Senators goal…Four things for the Flames to make the playoffs…Leafs down Canadiens…Khabibulin happy to remain with Oilers.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Three early goals spelled an early end for Roberto Luongo’s night and defeat for the Canucks, falling 5-3 to the Buffalo Sabres.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cody Hodgson didn’t make much of an impression in his return to Vancouver, while Zack Kassian scored in a losing cause for the Canucks.

Jets counting on Pavelec down the stretch.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Strong goaltending from Ondrej Pavelec and a strong forecheck are crucial to the Jets playoff hopes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Lightning and now the Sabres nipping at their heels, the Jets cannot afford a letdown.

OTTAWA SUN: Robin Lehner had a strong performance last week for the Senators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If he keeps this up, the Senators will have little choice but to keep him and send down Alex Auld when Craig Anderson returns.

CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak lists four things the Flames need to make the playoffs.

TORONTO SUN/LA PRESSE: Mikhail Grabovski scored twice and set up another as the Maple Leafs got their first win under new head coach Randy Carlyle, downing the Montreal Canadiens 3-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: On the bright side, Habs fans, the loss keeps Montreal with the third worst record in the league. At this point in the season, hoping for a top-three draft pick is the only bright spot left in this otherwise forgettable season for the Canadiens.

EDMONTON SUN: Nikolai Khabibulin is happy he wasn’t moved at the trade deadline.