Game recaps, plus updates on the Canucks, Jets, Flames and Oilers.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Second-period goals by Brendan Gallagher, P.A. Parenteau and Devante Smith-Pelly lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. It was a night of milestones for the Habs, as Carey Price tied a team record with his 42nd win of the season, coach Michel Therrien got his 200th win as coach of the Canadiens and Tomas Plekanec tallied his 200th NHL goal. It was also a costly win for the Habs, as leading scorer Max Pacioretty left the game with a possible concussion after striking his head against the boards following a hit by Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pacioretty has a history of quick healing so here’s hoping he recovers soon from his current injury.
TORONTO SUN/OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Toronto Maple Leafs played spoiler against the Ottawa Senators by edging their provincial rivals 3-2 in a shootout. Jonathan Bernier made 49 saves while Peter Holland tallied the winning goal. The Senators picked up a point to move them within two points of Boston, Detroit and Pittsburgh for a wild-card berth. Earlier in the day, it was revealed Senators captain Erik Karlsson recorded his 300th point in his 393rd NHL game, faster than any other defenseman over the past 17 years.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators no longer have room for error. They must win their remaining three games while hoping one of the clubs ahead of them either drops two of their next three or gets one win and an overtime/shootout loss.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks feel they’re in a good situation heading into their final three games of the season. They’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by two points and the LA Kings by three in the Pacific Division standings. The Canucks face the Kings tonight.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ben Chiarot could be called upon to replace defenseman Toby Enstrom (day-to-day) is unable to play in tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames have called up goalie Brad Thiessen to replaced sidelined backup Karri Ramo, who’s day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Call-up David Musil (son of former NHL’er Frank Musil) became the sixth defenseman from the Oilers farm club in Oklahoma City to play on Edmonton’s blueline this season.