Game recaps and news on your favorite Canadian NHL teams.
EDMONTON JOURNAL/MONTREAL GAZETTE: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the late game-tying goal and Anton Lander tallied in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3. It was the Canadiens’ third loss to a bottom-feeding team this month, falling to the Buffalo Sabres and Arizona Coyotes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It seems the Canadiens don’t take weak opponents seriously, hampering their efforts to open a bigger lead on their opponents atop the Eastern Conference standings. Kudos to the Oilers for not giving up when falling behind early. They deserved the win.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Winnipeg Jets fell 3-1 to the Nashville Predators. Though the Jets dominated the play against the Nashville Predators, goaltender Pekka Rinne was outstanding, turning aside 32 shots for the win.
CALGARY HERALD: Tyler Toffoli potted a hat trick to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames, who were outshot 45-18.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Despite overcome a 3-0 deficit to force overtime, the Ottawa Senators fell 5-4 in a shootout to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sidney Crosby scored twice for the Penguins and David Perron tallied the game-winning goal.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Anders Lee scored twice to give the New York Islanders a 3-2 win over the floundering Toronto Maple Leafs.
Canucks pursued Evander Kane.
THE PROVINCE: The Vancouver Canucks had serious interest in Evander Kane before the Winnipeg Jets dealt him to the Buffalo Sabres. However, management was unwilling to part with promising youngsters like Bo Horvat, Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A wise decision on their part. The Canucks have been replenishing their stockpile of prospects after it was gutted by previous management in short-sighted trades.