Canucks – and Sedins – slumping…Senators douse Lightning thanks to Michalek hat trick…Leafs 5-4 loss to Bruins a “typical Kessel game”…Jets improving at the right time…Flames survive a wild game against Canadiens…Oilers down Sharks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks are also coming off a lengthy hot streak, so a slump like this isn’t unusual. Still, it’s a good point that, as the Sedins go, so go the Canucks.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators survived a mid-game surge from the Tampa Bay Lightning to defeat them 7-3, courtesy of a third-period hat trick by Milan Michalek, who reached the 30-goal mark for the first time.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Buffery singled out Leafs star Phil Kessel for criticism following the Leafs 5-4 loss to the Boston Bruins, calling out Kessel for floating in the defensive zone.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kessel won’t be doing that too often under new coach Randy Carlyle.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are improving their game at the right time, increasing their chances of clinching a playoff berth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’re not a lock yet, but with the Capitals and Maple Leafs imploding, the Jets can hold off the surging Sabres and Lightning and improve their grip on eighth if they continue their recent play.
CALGARY HERALD/MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Flames get a wild 5-4 victory over the hapless Canadiens, but lost another players to injury as Tim Jackman was sidelined early in the game. Former Flame Rene Bourque did little to distinguish himself in his first game back in Calgary since he was dealt to the Habs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Canadiens can find a coach to improve Bourque’s performance – Randy Cunneyworth obviously won’t be back – they’ll have yet another lousy player carrying a big contract eating up valuable cap space in their lineup.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers downed the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in a shootout.