Game recaps, updates on Jiri Hudler and Matt Hendricks plus the latest on the Canadiens.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Nick Bonino and Radim Vrbata scored shootout goals to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators. It was a costly victory for the Canucks, as forward Alex Burrows and defenseman Kevin Bieksa could face suspension for illegal hits.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Mark Stone’s shootout goal gave the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The win kept the Senators within three points of the Boston Bruins for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.
WINNIPEG SUN: Chris Kreider’s late third-period goal lifted the New York Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien could face a suspension for a crosscheck to the neck of Rangers’ forward J.T. Miller.
TORONTO SUN: James Reimer made 40 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs upset the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The second-place Canucks widened their lead over the idle third-place Calgary Flames to four points (95 to 91) in the Pacific Division. The Jets meanwhile remain two points ahead of the LA Kings for the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames forward Jiri Hudler could be NHL player of the month following a 23-point performance in March.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers have selected forward Matt Hendricks as their nominee for the Masterton Trophy.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens coach Michel Therrien shuffled his lines once again at practice following his club’s recent loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Blueliner Tom Gilbert skated with Nathan Beaulieu on the third defense pairing while Greg Pateryn was alongside Sergei Gonchar. At forward, Max Pacioretty was on a line with center Tomas Plekanec whilst David Desharnais skated with winger Alex Galchenyuk and P.A. Parenteau.