Jets down the Blue Jackets, Senators edge the Blues, Maple Leafs fall to Penguins, plus the latest on Michael Cammalleri, Chris Higgins and Corey Potter, while the Canadiens face a busy week.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Evander Kane celebrated his return to the roster by scoring the game-winning goal as the Jets downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Hometown kid Cody Ceci’s first NHL goal was a winner as the Senators edged the St. Louis Blues 3-2. The loss was costly for the Blues, who lost forward David Backes to what’s been called a lower-body injury following a collision with Senators forward Colin Greening.
TORONTO SUN: Sidney Crosby scored the game-winning goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1. Rookie Morgan Rielly’s first NHL goal was the sole tally for the Leafs, who also lost Jerry D’Amigo to a shoulder injury.
CALGARY SUN: Flames winger Michael Cammalleri returns to Boston for the first time since he was traded to the Flames by the Montreal Canadiens midway through a Habs game with the Bruins in January 2012.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While I understood then-Habs GM Pierre Gauthier’s rationale for the move, the timing was horrible, embarrassing the Canadiens franchise. It was among the reasons for Gauthier’s firing later that year.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks forward Chris Higgins hard work is finally paying off.
NHL.COM (VIA KUKLA’S KORNER): The NHL has suspended Edmonton Oilers defenseman Corey Potter two games for his hit on Anaheim’s Nick Bonino.
LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens still have three games to play before their Christmas break.