Game recaps, plus updates on Zack Kassian, Sam Bennett and Joni Ortio.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Max Pacioretty scored twice and Carey Price made 31 saves as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1. The win keeps the Canadiens atop the Eastern Conference standings with 81 points.
OTTAWA SUN: Kyle Turris had a three-point night and Milan Michalek collected two assists to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers. The win was call-up goalie Andrew Hammond’s second in as many starts for the Senators.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Ryan Getzlaf’s fluky goal off Edmonton defenseman Justin Schultz in the third period gave the Anaheim Ducks a 2-1 victory over the Oiler.
THE PROVINCE: Jason Botchford wonders if Zack Kassian’s two-goal performance playing with the Sedin twins in the Canucks recent loss to New Jersey will garner him more playing time on Vancouver’s top line.
CALGARY HERALD/CALGARY SUN: The Calgary Flames have returned prospect Sam Bennett to his junior team in Kingston. Goaltender Joni Ortio suffered a high-ankle sprain playing for the Flames AHL farm team and could miss six-to-eight weeks.