Game recaps, including the Canadiens clinching a playoff berth, the Maple Leafs finally end their lengthy losing streak and more. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens fell 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, but thanks to the Washington Capitals loss to the Dallas Stars, they clinched a playoff berth. Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray could face suspension for an illegal hit to the head of Lightning defenseman Mike Kostka.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens and Lightning are expected to face each other in the opening round of the upcoming playoffs. 

David Clarkson scores the winning goal against the Flames.

David Clarkson scores the winning goal against the Flames.

TORONTO SUN/CALGARY SUN: David Clarkson scored the game winner as the Maple Leafs snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs win combined with the Blue Jackets OT loss moves the former to within one point of the latter. The Blue Jackets hold the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference and also have two games in hand over the Leafs. 

VANCOUVER PROVINCE:  The Canucks thin playoff hopes suffered another blow as they fell to the New York Rangers 3-1. Martin St. Louis scored his first goal as a Ranger. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Andrew Ladd scored the game winner in a shootout as the Jets edged the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers fell 5-4 to the San Jose Sharks.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators remain in the playoff chase in the Eastern Conference (five points out of contention) but they’ll need help if they’re to clinch a berth.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Two of the teams the Senators must overtake (Devils and Capitals) lost last night, while the Blue Jackets fell in overtime but still gained a point. The Sens hold a game in hand over the Devils and Capitals and two on the Maple Leafs.