Game recaps, plus the latest on James van Riemsdyk and Bobby Ryan.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher each scored twice to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. Devante Smith-Pelly, acquired from Anaheim earlier in the day, will join the Habs lineup in their game against Columbus on Thursday.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Zack Kassian scored his second straight game winner and Eddie Lack made 40 saves as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Boston Bruins 2-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite missing several key players to injury, the Canucks have continued playing well, thanks to lesser lights like Kassian and Lack getting more playing time.
WINNIPEG SUN: Adam Lowry scored after the Jets went 14 minutes in the second period without a shot on goal against the Dallas Stars, sparking his club to a 4-2 win.
EDMONTON SUN: Benoit Pouliot scored twice and Ben Scrivens made 33 saves to give the Edmonton Oilers a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.
CALGARY HERALD: Despite Karri Ramo’s 28-save performance, the Calgary Flames fell 1-0 to the New York Rangers, with Kevin Hayes scoring the only goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers actually did a favor for their Alberta rivals, as their defeat of the Wild leaves the Flames only one point behind Minnesota for the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference. The Canucks now sit second in the Pacific Division, while the Jets retain hold of the first wild-card berth with a four-point lead over the Wild and five points up on the Flames.
Latest on van Riemsdyk and Ryan.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk talks about his club’s current decline. He’s among the few Leafs not expected to be traded and is on pace to reach 30 goals this season.
OTTAWA SUN: Bobby Ryan is enjoying his return to his old stomping grounds in Anaheim as his Senators prepare to face the Ducks (his former team) on Wednesday.