Game recaps, an update on Jonathan Bernier and the latest on the Jets and Senators.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 to sweep their season series. Vladislav Namestnikov enjoyed a three-point performance for the Lighting, who also lost defenseman Victor Hedman early in the third period to an injury. The Bolts clinched a playoff berth with the win, which was a franchise-best 47th of the season. Max Pacioretty, Jeff Petry and P.K. Subban scored for the Habs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens have struggled all season long against the Lightning’s speed. Even against a banged-up Bolts roster, the Habs have no answer. If you’re a Canadiens fan, pray that your club doesn’t face the Lightning in the playoffs.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Radim Vrbata set up the game-winning goal and scored the insurance marker as the Vancouver Canucks downed the St. Louis Blues 4-1. The Blues also lost sniper Vladimir Tarasenko in the third period to an apparent right-leg injury.
CALGARY HERALD: The desperate Flames remained in playoff position with a 5-3 win over the Dallas Stars. Jiri Hudler, Johnny Gaudreau and Dennis Wideman each had a goal and an assist.
EDMONTON SUN: Richard Bachman made 29 saves for his second straight win backstopping the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks and Flames remain second and third in the Pacific Division, five and three points respectively over the LA Kings, who lost last night to the Chicago Blackhawks.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets are trying to put their heartbreaking loss against Chicago on Sunday behind them as they prepare to face the New York Rangers on Tuesday. The Jets hold the final playoff berth in the Western Conference and are now trying to fend off the LA Kings, who are now only two points behind them.
OTTAWA SUN: The now-slumping Senators are shaking up their struggling top line by replacing Mike Hoffman on left wing with Zack Smith.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leaf goalie Jonathan Bernier claims he’s not feeling frustrated by his disappointing performance this season.