Flames and Jets clinch playoff berths, Carey Price sets franchise record for wins, Senators keep playoff hopes alive and more in your NHL Canadian Corner.
CALGARY SUN: Jiri Hudler scored twice as the Calgary Flames defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-1. The Flames reach the postseason for the first time since 2009, while eliminating the defending Stanley Cup champion from playoff contention.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Winnipeg Jets dropped a 1-0 decision to the Colorado Avalanche in a shootout, but clinched a playoff spot thanks to the Flames victory over the Kings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This year will mark the first time there’s been NHL playoff hockey in Winnipeg since 1996. The drama over which clubs will secure the remaining playoff berths in the Western Conference is over.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Lars Eller scored in overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. The victory gave Habs goalie Carey Price the franchise record for wins (43), surpassing Hall of Fames Jacques Plante and Ken Dryden. Despite the loss, the Red Wings clinched a playoff berth for the 24th consecutive year.
OTTAWA SUN: Andrew Hammond made 26 saves backstopping the Ottawa Senators to a 3-0 blanking of the New York Rangers. The win combined with the Boston Bruins loss to the Florida Panthers vaulted the Senators ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins by one point and two points over the Bruins into the first wild-card berth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Senators pick up one point against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, they will secure a playoff spot and complete an incredible second-half comeback.
THE PROVINCE: Eddie Lack made 28 saves and Yannick Weber scored twice as the playoff-bound Vancouver Canucks shut out the Arizona Coyotes 5-0.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers Call-up goalie Laurent Brossoit made 49 saves in a losing cause as Edmonton fell to the San Jose Sharks 3-1.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs have clinched the NHL’s fourth-worst record this season.