Game recaps, latest on the Jets, Maple Leafs and Canadiens, plus updates on Sean Monahan and Jeff Petry.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Playing without defensemen Chris Tanev and Frankie Corrado, and with blueliner Kevin Bieksa already out with an injury, the Vancouver Canucks fell 5-1 to the San Jose Sharks.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators fell 2-1 to the visiting Washington Capitals, with Kyle Turris scoring the Sens’ only goal. Before the game, the Senators honored defenseman Chris Phillips for playing in his franchise-record 1,179th game.
WINNIPEG SUN: Speaking about the recent Evander Kane brouhaha which began over his wearing a track suit to a team meeting, Jets forward Blake Wheeler said everyone on the team has a standard they must live by. Teammates Andrew Ladd and Mathieu Perreault claim the situation won’t be a distraction.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unfortunately for the Jets, the media will ensure it remains a distraction by asking constant questions about it in the coming weeks, especially with the trade deadline approaching. I’ll have more on the Kane trade speculation in the “Rumors” section.
NATIONAL POST: Michael Traikos believes the lack of a true number-one center is holding the team back.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: In an effort to bolster the Canadiens flagging offense, coach Michel Therrien has reunited Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais on the first line.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames sophomore center and rising star Sean Monahan continues to prove himself against top competition.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry is picking up his game as the NHL trade deadline nears. Petry, an unrestricted free agent in July, is the subject of frequent trade speculation.