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MONTREAL GAZETTE: Max Pacioretty’s 50-foot wrister fooled New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (left), lifting the Montreal Canadiens to a 1-0 win. Canadiens goalie Carey Price made 24 saves for the shutout.
EDMONTON SUN: Anton Lander enjoyed the first three-point performance of his NHL career to lead the Oilers to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
WINNIPEG SUN: Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn enjoyed two-point performances to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Mathieu Perreault scored the Jets only goals.
OTTAWA SUN: The Ottawa Senators held former Senators captain Jason Spezza scoreless in his return to Ottawa since his trade to the Dallas Stars last summer. However, the Sens ultimately lost the game 6-3.
CALGARY HERALD: Thanks to Devan Dubnyk’s 30-save performance the Minnesota Wild blanked the Calgary Flames 4-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In his six games since joining the Wild in a trade earlier this month from Arizona, Dubnyk’s won four of them and has the once-fading Wild back in the Western Conference playoff chase.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs free fall continues, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Arizona Coyotes. The lowlight of the night was Jonathan Bernier giving up a 114-foot goal from Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larssen.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That goal was the back breaker. The Leafs had a 1-0 lead early in the third period but after giving up that softie you could see them visibly sag. The Coyotes scored twice more to win the game. Watching the dead-eyed, lifeless post-game Leafs interviews, it’s obvious the their season is over. Barring a miraculous finish, the Leafs haven’t got a prayer of reaching the playoffs.
THE PROVINCE: Despite his struggles this season, Zack Kassian hasn’t asked for a trade and hopes to remain with the Canucks.