Check out the game recaps of all seven Canadian NHL teams.
OTTAWA SUN/MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Ottawa Senators exploited a poor first period by the Montreal Canadiens to romp to a 4-1 victory. The Senators outshot the Canadiens 20-6 in the first period, which Habs coach Michel Therrien called his club’s worst this season. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Milan Michalek enjoyed two-point performances for the Senators, while Max Pacioretty scored the Canadiens’ only goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators deserved that win as they dominated the Habs for much of the game.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ondrej Pavelec made 46 saves (22 in the second period alone) to carry the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars. Evander Kane’s shorthanded goal proved the winner for the Jets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Michael Hutchinson threatening to steal the starter’s job, Pavelec came through with a statement performance in this game.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Ryan Miller made 30 saves while the Sedin twins enjoyed two-point performances in the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win moves the Canucks into seventh in the Western Conference, one point up on the LA Kings.
CALGARY HERALD: Joni Ortio made his second straight start for the Flames, backstopping them to a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Sean Monahan and David Jones both had a goal and an assist.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win moves the ninth overall Flames one point behind the Kings and two behind the Canucks in the Western Conference.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: The Toronto Maple Leafs fell 3-1 to the San Jose Sharks, turning their California dreamin’ of victories into a nightmare as they lost all three games against the state’s NHL clubs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs managed only one goal in those three games, and remain five points out of the final wild card berth in the Eastern Conference. Goin’ to California turned into the Road to Nowhere.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers lost again, this time blowing a 2-1 lead to the Tampa Bay Lightning to fall 3-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A couple of readers asked me why I don’t go into more detail of the Oilers games. Quite simply, it’s too depressing. I’m not an Oilers fan, but going into detail over their continual losing is just disheartening. I can only imagine how tough it is for the Oilers’ beat reporters having to cover this tire fire day after day. I feel sorry for the players and the fans, though they probably don’t want or even need my sympathy.