Game recaps, an update on Nail Yakupov, and the Maple Leafs are officially eliminated from playoff competition.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators goaltender Andrew (The Hamburgler) Hammond tied a 77-year-old NHL record for consecutive games by a goaltender giving up two goals or less as he backstopped his club to a 2-1 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Dustin Tokarski made 41 saves as the Montreal Canadiens scored three goals on eight shots in the second period to down the Florida Panthers 3-2. Brandon Prust collected two assists while P.K. Subban scored the winner.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: On the night the Canucks honored their late coach and GM Pat Quinn, Alex Burrows scored two goals 17 seconds apart in the third period to lift his club to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Playing without top centre Bryan Little, sniper Mathieu Perreault, and defencemen Ben Chiarot and Dustin Byfuglien, the banged-up Jets defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-2. Ondrej Pavelec made 38 saves while Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele led the way offensively with three-point performances.
CALGARY HERALD: Two goals by Alexander Steen helped the St. Louis Blues blank the Calgary Flames 4-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The combination of the Senators win and the Bruins’ shootout loss to Buffalo puts the Sens only four points behind Boston for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens move back into a tie in points (95) for first in the Eastern Conference though the New York Rangers remain on top as they have three games in hand. The combination of the Jets win and the Flames loss means the Jets hold a one-point lead over the latter for the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference.
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EDMONTON SUN: Oilers winger Nail Yakupov makes it a habit to help out people in need. Yakopov recently bought a homeless man dinner and a hotel room for the night. “You can’t help everyone in the world, but you have to try a little bit, at least,” said Yakupov.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good on Yakupov for doing what he can to help those in need. For all the talk of NHL players being greedy and spoiled, many of them are actively involved in charity work, be it small ways like what Yakupov is doing or through charitable foundations.
TORONTO STAR: With the Bruins picking up a point last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs are officially eliminated from this season’s playoff race.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been a stunning collapse for the Leafs, who were holding a playoff berth on New Year’s Day.