Game recaps and news on your favorite Canadian NHL teams.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: For the second straight game the Montreal Canadiens defeated an opponent 1-0, this time downing the Washington Capitals. Once again, it was Carey Price collecting the shutout and Max Pacioretty scoring the winning goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another stellar performance by Price, who is looking more and more like a potential finalist for the Vezina Trophy. His 29 career shutouts ties him with Patrick Roy for fifth on the Habs all-time shutout lists.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Every time these two clubs face each other the contrasts in their respective rebuilding programmes stands out. The Flames have really accomplished a lot in such a short period, while the Oilers continue to flounder.
OTTAWA SUN: Marc Methot enjoyed a career-best three-point performance as the Ottawa Senators thumped the woeful Arizona Coyotes 7-2.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Penalties proved costly to the Jets, who gave up four power-play goals on route to a 5-2 loss against the Dallas Stars.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets are the NHL’s most-penalized team. It was going to catch up with them sooner or later, and it did against the Stars.
TORONTO SUN: The good news for the Toronto Maple Leafs is they held the Philadelphia Flyers to only one goal and 18 shots. The bad news is they lost their ninth-straight game by a scored of 1-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: How bad was January for the Leafs? They managed only one victory during that month and fell over ten points out of playoff contention.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Newly-acquired defenseman Adam Clendening will make his debut with the Canucks today against the Minnesota Wild.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Acquired from the Blackkhawks last week, Clendening was considered one of Chicago’s top young players. If he plays up to the hype with the Canucks he could become a significant addition to their blueline.