Game recaps, latest on Max Pacioretty, Jonas Hiller, Eric Brewer and Richard Bachman, plus the latest on the Senators playoff chase. 

 Game Recaps.

Chris Higgins scores the game winner in a shootout against the Kings.

Vancouver Canucks forward Chris Higgins scores the game winner in a shootout against the LA Kings.

THE PROVINCE: The Vancouver Canucks moved a step closer to clinching a playoff berth with a 2-1 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings. Henrik Sedin’s no-look pass behind the Kings’ net to brother Daniel tied the game, setting the stage for Chris Higgins’ winning goal.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets inched closer to clinching a wild-card berth as Ondrej Pavelec made 32 saves in a 2-0 shutout of the Minnesota Wild.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks’ win gives them 97 points, increasing their lead in the Pacific Division over the Calgary Flames and the Kings by four points. The Jets are now one point head of the Flames and Kings, who drop one point out of playoff contention. I’ve been critical of Pavelec’s performance in the past, but he’s really come through for the Jets down the stretch. 

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MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens are still awaiting the prognosis of leading scorer Max Pacioretty, who suffered a head injury in their recent game against the Florida Panthers. It’s suspected Pacioretty could have a concussion. Meanwhile, more sad news for the Canadiens as Dollard St. Laurent has died at the age of 85. St. Laurent won four Stanley Cups with the Canadiens in the 1950s and was a teammate of Elmer Lach, who passed away only two days earlier.

CALGARY HERALD: With backup Karri Ramo sidelined by a lower-body injury, Flames starter Jonas Hiller will suit up for their remaining three games of the season.

OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan examines the scenarios by which the Senators can reach the playoffs.

TORONTO SUN: Eric Brewer has acquitted himself well in recent games since joining the Maple Leafs in a late-season trade, but it’s doubtful he has a future with the club after this season.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers goalie Richard Bachman is ready to return to action following the death of his older brother Shelby.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Bachman and to the St. Laurent family.