Game recaps plus the latest on the Canucks.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Goals by Tomas Plekanec and Alexander Galchenyuk lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. It was the Habs fifth straight win, giving them a 9-0-1 record in their last ten.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win also lifted Montreal into a tie with Pittsburgh for first overall in the Eastern Conference.

Mason Raymond celebrates his shootout winner over the Senators.

Mason Raymond celebrates his shootout winner over the Senators.

TORONTO SUN/OTTAWA CITIZEN: James Reimer made 47 saves carrying the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 shootout win over the Ottawa Senators, who had overcome a 3-1 deficit to send the game into overtime.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: At this point it’s safe to say goaltending is the only thing saving the Leafs right now. Without Reimer and Jonathan Bernier, they would be out of playoff contention.  If those two start wearing down from their heavy workloads, the Leafs will be in big trouble.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Mark Scheifele’s overtime goal gave the Jets a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets ended their six-game road trip earning eight out of a possible twelve points. Perhaps this is an indication of a more consistent effort for this usually inconsistent club.

CALGARY SUN/EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jiri Hudler scored in overtime as the Flames won the latest round of the “Battle of Alberta”, downing the Oilers 2-1.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks coach John Tortorella is trying to teach his club to remain aggressive and shed their old habits of playing it safe.