Game recaps plus the latest on Dustin Byfuglien, Daniel Alfredsson and more.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That ranks among the best shootout goals I’ve ever seen. An impressive feat by Schlemko, who was claimed off waivers from Dallas only five days ago.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: A shootout goal by Sam Gagner gave the Arizona Coyotes a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, snapping the Coyotes 10-game winless skid.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks still sit second in the Pacific Division with the Flames now only two points back. Both club are currently perched above wild-card status in the Western Conference. However, the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks remain close behind them.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens overcome a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead over the LA Kings before Marian Gaborik’s game-tying power play goal late in the third period, setting the stage for the Kings’ 4-3 shootout win on a goal by Anze Kopitar.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens winless skid now stretches to three games, though the point earned in this shootout loss gives them a one-point lead atop the Eastern Conference standings over the New York Islanders.
TORONTO SUN: Steven Stamkos collected two assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning doubled up the Maple Leafs 4-2. David Booth and Richard Panik scored for the Leafs.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: No word yet from the Winnipeg Jets as to the severity of the lower-body injury suffered by defenseman Dustin Byfuglien in their recent game against the Ottawa Senators. It’s expected an announcement will be made today.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the most part, the Jets have coped well with the rash of injuries that has plagued their lineup this season. Losing Byfuglien, however, could be serious. He’s having his best season with the Jets and losing him for a significant period of time could adversely affect their playoff hopes.
OTTAWA SUN: Former Senators star Daniel Alfredsson isn’t ruling out a possible return to the club in a front-office role.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers still aren’t winning much but they’re proving harder to beat since Todd Nelson took over as head coach at midseason.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think Nelson’s earned the right to return next season as Oilers head coach. Granted, this club still has significant roster deficiencies to address, but there’s no denying the Oilers are playing better since Nelson took over behind the bench.