Game recaps, updates on Taylor Hall and Eddie Lack, and the latest on the Flames.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: David Desharnais scored in overtime as the Montreal Canadiens rallied from a 1-0 deficit to edge the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1. Tomas Plekanec scored the game-tying goal in the third period.
WINNIPEG SUN: Dustin Byfuglien tallied in overtime to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. The Jets improve their record to 28-18-10 and snapped the Wild’s six-game winning streak.
OTTAWA SUN: Milan Michalek’s third-period goal stood as the winner as the Ottawa Senators edged the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. Senators goalie Robin Lehner turned aside 35 shots for the win.
TORONTO STAR: The Toronto Maple Leafs resumed their losing ways by dropping a 5-4 decision to the New York Rangers. Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly was among the few bright spots for the Leafs, scoring two goals. Top-line winger Phil Kessel was demoted to the fourth line by the third period.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The game wasn’t as close as the score suggests. The Leafs defensive play was absolutely horrible. This team is playing as though it knows the hammer’s about to fall.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers dropped a 3-2 decision to the New York Islanders. Earlier in the day, the Oilers learned top-line winger Taylor Hall will miss the next six weeks to a cracked bone in his ankle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been that kind of season for the hapless Oilers. Not that a healthy Hall would help them overcome the insurmountable points gap to reach a playoff berth, but this seems like piling on the misery. I could use a bad pun here (insult to injury, a bad break) but the Oilers’ plight stopped being a laughing matter a long time ago. Besides, an injury isn’t funny.
Latest Canucks and Flames news.
THE PROVINCE: Backup Eddie Lack could get the call for the Canucks upcoming game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
CALGARY SUN: In their quest to clinch a playoff berth, the Flames hope to shrug off their lack of postseason experience. Most of the players on their roster have little or no playoff action on their resumes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m not a Flames fan but I’m definitely pulling for them to clinch a berth. Everyone loves an underdog and they’ve been among this season’s feel-good stories.