Game recaps, plus the latest on Carey Price, Nazem Kadri, Michael Hutchinson and more.
OTTAWA SUN/CALGARY HERALD: After blowing a 4-0 lead in the third period, the Ottawa Senators downed the Calgary Flames 5-4 on a shootout goal by Erik Karlsson. Kris Russell scored twice in the Flames’ 11-minute third-period rally. Senators goalie Craig Anderson, in his first game in 46 days, made 42 saves.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the win (their eighth in the last 10 games) the Senators remain five points behind the Boston Bruins for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. The extra point gives the Flames a two-point lead over the LA Kings for third in the Pacific Division and five ahead of the San Jose Sharks.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Edmonton Oilers blew a 3-0 lead to fall 7-4 to the Carolina Hurricanes.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: With 37 wins this season, Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is within sight of the team’ single-season wins record (42) held by Jacques Plante and Ken Dryden. His 32 career shutouts places him two behind Bill Durnan on the Habs all-time shutout list.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri was sent home yesterday after being late for a team meeting. Veteran blueliner Stephane Robidas will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And the hits just keep coming for the hapless Leafs in what has to be one of their worst seasons since their nadir in the 1980s.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Michael Hutchinson has left no doubt he’s now the Jets’ full-time starting goaltender.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets will have to deal with the awkwardness of having a $3.9 million backup in Ondrej Pavelec in the off-season. For now, they’ll be riding Hutchinson as their starter for the remainder of this season.
THE PROVINCE: Center Jamie McCann’s stock continues to rise with the Vancouver Canucks.