Game recaps plus the latest on the Flames and Oilers.
WINNIPEG SUN/MONTREAL GAZETTE: Ondrej Pavelec made 39 saves and Dustin Byfuglien scored in his first game back from injury as the Winnipeg Jets trounced the Montreal Canadiens 5-2. Habs backup Dustin Tokarski gave up four goals on 13 shots and finished the game with 17 saves.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps the outcome might have been different if Carey Price started for Montreal, but I still think the Jets would’ve won this one. Pavelec’s been red hot of late and he was clearly the difference in this one.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Andrew Hammond suffered his first regulation defeat as the New York Rangers thumped the Ottawa Senators 5-1. The Senators are tied with the Boston Bruins in points but still hold the final wild-card berth on the basis of games played.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a golden opportunity for the Senators to widen their lead over the Bruins, who fell in overtime to the Anaheim Ducks. Every game counts for the Senators and Bruins the rest of the way. And they’ve got another club breathing down their necks…
TORONTO SUN: The Florida Panthers downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1, handing the Leafs their seventh-straight defeat.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers victory puts them only three point back of the Senators and Bruins. It’s shaping up to be a thrilling race to the finish for those three clubs.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks dropped a 4-1 decision to the Colorado Avalanche. It’s the third game the Canucks wore Vancouver Millionaires replica jerseys, losing every time.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stop wearing those replica jerseys, they’re obviously jinxed! Anyway, the Canucks remain two points ahead of the LA Kings for second in the Pacific Division.
Latest on the Flames and Oilers.
CALGARY SUN: Lesser lights like defenseman David Schlemko, call-up goalie Joni Ortio, Lance Bouma and Josh Jooris have contributed to the Flames surprising improvement this season.
EDMONTON SUN: Recently scoring his first NHL goal should help defenseman Martin Marincin establish himself on the Oilers blueline.