How Canadian NHL teams fared last night
Ex-Jet Ladd makes impact in Winnipeg return
There were five Canadian NHL teams in action Friday night, with the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators looking to win a third straight game. Here's a quick look at how they fared:
Ladd lights lamp vs. Jets
Head coach Joel Quenneville's line juggling paid off for the Chicago Blackhawks, who snapped a four-game losing with a 4-0 win at Winnipeg. Quenneville reunited former Jet Andrew Ladd on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa and he scored in his first game against his old team since a Feb. 25 trade. Hossa also scored, while Scott Darling made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season.
Sens dealt crippling loss
The Ottawa Senators lost for the first time in three starts, 3-1 at Buffalo, but their playoff aspirations took a big hit. The Sens are seven points behind Detroit, which occupies the final wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and has a game in hand. Rookie Sam Reinhart led the Sabres attack with a goal and an assist while Chad Johnson made 32 saves starting in place of the injured Robin Lehner.
Strengthening playoff hold
Mikkel Boedker scored the shootout winner to cap Colorado's 4-3 comeback victory over the hometown Calgary Flames. The Avs trailed 3-1 early in the second period, but Tyson Barrie and Carl Soderberg scored to force overtime. The Avs lead Minnesota by three points for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Colorado played without top forwards Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog.
Talbot shuts door
Cam Talbot earned his second shutout in two weeks, turning aside 40 shots in Edmonton's 2-0 victory over the visiting Vancouver Canucks. It was the Oilers' second consecutive win at home but only their third in the past 11 games at Rexall Place. Jordan Eberle and Matt Hendricks scored to hand Vancouver a third straight defeat.