How Canadian NHL teams fared last night
Senators end 3-game skid, remain in playoff hunt
There were six Canadian NHL teams in action Saturday night, including an all-Canadian matchup between the hometown Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. Here's a quick look at how they fared:
Sens stay alive in playoff race
Mark Stone continued his strong play with a goal and two assists to lead the Ottawa Senators in a 4-0 victory over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. Stone has two goals and seven points in his last five games while Craig Anderson made 29 saves for his fourth shutout of the season. Ottawa remains seven points behind Detroit, which won 3-2 over the New York Rangers on Saturday, for the second wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele extended his points streak to seven games with a goal and an assist in his team's 3-2 defeat of visiting Colorado. Scheifele has seven goals and 11 points during the streak and 18 points in his past 12 starts. Dustin Byfuglien returned to the lineup and had an assist while the Jets' streak of 17 straight penalty kills ended with Matt Duchene's second-period goal.
Smith shuts door on Oilers
Making his first NHL appearance since Dec. 8, Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith kicked aside 44 shots in a 4-0 victory over the hometown Edmonton Oilers. Smith improved to 12-1-1 in his career versus the Oilers with his second shutout of the season. Antoine Vermette paced the offence with two goals and three points. Arizona is 18-0-4 against Edmonton in the past 22 meetings.
Wild slow Galchenyuk
The Montreal Canadiens dropped their first game in three starts, losing 4-1 to the visiting Minnesota Wild. The lone Canadiens goal came off the stick of Mark Barberio, who took injured defenceman P.K. Subban's place to the right of Andrei Markov. Alex Galchenyuk failed to tie Maurice Richard as the only Canadiens to score twice in four straight games. Mikael Granlund scored twice for Minnesota.
Canucks halt Preds' points streak
Bo Horvat led the way for the Vancouver Canucks with a goal and an assist in a 4-2 doubling of Nashville to snap the Predators' franchise-record 14-game points streak. It was Nashville's first loss in regulation since Feb. 9. Sven Baertschi, Derek Dorsett and Daniel Sedin, into an empty net, also scored for Vancouver, which has won two in a row. Canucks goalie Ryan Miller made 35 saves.