Game recaps, including updates on Johnny Gaudreau, Paul Maurice, Mathieu Perreault and Jarred Tinordi, in your NHL Canadian Corner.
WINNIPEG SUN: Mathieu Perreault enjoyed the first four-goal game of his NHL career to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 8-2 thrashing of the Florida Panthers. The win was also the 500th for Jets coach Paul Maurice.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win moves the Jets into fifth overall in the Western Conference standings. The Jets are also getting healthier, which will improve their playoff hopes.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks fell 5-1 to the Nashville Predators, who lost all-star goalie Pekka Rinne in the third period with a lower-body injury. No word yet as to the severity of Rinne’s injury or how long he’ll be sidelined.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The loss leaves the Canucks clinging to the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference. The Predators will be crossing their fingers in hopes Rinne’s injury isn’t serious. He’s arguably the biggest reason behind the Predator’s dominant performance this season.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Shaky goaltending from Robin Lehner and sloppy defensive play resulted in the Ottawa Senators blowing two 2-goal leads and falling to the Dallas Stars 5-4. Stars center and former Senator Jason Spezza failed to collect a point.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators are now ten points out of the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. If they don’t start making up ground in the standings soon they can forget about reaching the playoffs this season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers lost again, falling to the St. Louis Blues 4-2. It marks their 16th loss in their last 20 games and their 13th straight on the road.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs coach Peter Horachek might consider reuniting Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak on the first line.
CALGARY SUN: Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau is taking steps to trademark his nickname “Johnny Hockey”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Smart move by Gaudreau, who could make a fortune with endorsements off his nickname. He’s certainly performing better than “Johnny Football”, even if he isn’t making the same kind of money.
LA PRESSE: Hamilton Bulldogs defenseman Jarred Tinordi is reportedly recovering well after suffering head and facial injuries when he was knocked out in a recent on-ice fight. Tinordi was the Canadiens first-round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft and spent most of this season with Hamilton.