Game recaps, updates on Dennis Wideman and Anton Lander, plus the latest on the Senators and Maple Leafs. 

Game recaps.

Radim Vrbata scores one of his two goals against the Jets.

Radim Vrbata scores one of his two goals against the Jets.

THE PROVINCE/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS:  Radim Vrbata scored twice, including the game winner, as the Vancouver Canucks overcame a 2-0 deficit to down the Winnipeg Jets 5-2, snapping the Jets five-game winning streak. Vrbata now has 29 goals on the season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Nashville Predators’ Pekka Rinne won the battle of the NHL’s top goalies over Montreal’s Carey Price, as Filip Forsberg’s overtime power-play goal lifted the Preds to a 3-2 win over the Canadiens. The Habs picked up a point, making them the first team this season to reach the 100-point mark.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens sit atop the Eastern Conference one point ahead of Tampa Bay and the NY Rangers. The Canucks opened a four-point lead over the idle Calgary Flames for second in the Pacific Division, while the Jets retain their hold on the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference. 

Notable Headlines.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Having battled back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the Senators cannot afford to become complacent. They hold a narrow one-point lead over the Boston Bruins for the final wild-card spot and are five ahead of the Florida Panthers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Every game remains a must-win for the Senators over the rest of this season. 

CALGARY HERALD: Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman is about to play his 700th career NHL game, proving one of his critics wrong.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wideman’s also playing the best hockey of his career. He’s tied his career-best goals total (13) and is only three away from tying his high in points (50). He’s really thrived this season with the Flames. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: After several seasons of struggle, Anton Lander has salvaged his NHL career with the Oilers.

NATIONAL POST: Scott Stinson wonders if the Toronto Maple Leafs have quit on this season, or if they’re just not very good.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll pick “all of the above.” They certainly seem to have quit, but then they weren’t a very good team to begin with.