Milan Michalek joins elite company…Evander Kane honored by former WHL team…Leafs run out of gas against Penguins…Canucks hoping to learn from recent scoring slump…Flames lack finish…Canadiens and Oilers to square off.


Michalek gets unusual honor.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Milan Michalek joined Mario Lemieux and Marcel Dionne as the only players in NHL history to score the second and third goals of a hat trick into an empty net. Michalek did it in Tuesday’s 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Michalek’s performance this season has been overshadowed by those of teammates Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza, but he reached the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career, and could finish with 40 goals by season’s end.

WINNIPEG SUN: Evander Kane was honored by the Vancouver Giants, his former WHL team, in a ceremony at the Pacific Coliseum on Wednesday. Kane and the Jets square off against the Vancouver Canucks tonight.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The slumping Canucks are hoping to learn from their current offensive slump to get themselves back on track.

TORONTO SUN: The battered Maple Leafs lost two more players to injury (Cody Franson, Mike Brown) in their 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Having lost Joffrey Lupul and Colby Armstrong to injuries in their last game, the depleted Leafs are now teetering on the brink of falling out of the playoff race.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames have been lacking finish in recent games, opening the scoring in their last nine games, but winning only three of them.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens and Oilers square off in Edmonton tonight.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers center Sam Gagner can’t wait for the Oilers to return to the playoffs, something they’ve yet to do in his five seasons with the club.