Game recaps and latest notable news on your favorite Canadian NHL teams.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The more the Leafs lose, the greater the likelihood of significant roster changes leading up to the March 2 trade deadline and in the offseason.
CALGARY SUN: Sidney Crosby scored twice, including a one-handed tally, to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-0 thumping of the Calgary Flames. Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury collected his franchise-record (and league-leading) eighth shutout of the season.
WINNIPEG SUN: Patrick Kane had a goal and a assist as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 in overtime.
Notable Canadian NHL News.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens coach Michel Therrien isn’t pleased that his starting goalie, Carey Price, has been run by opposing players four times since the beginning of January. Therrien believes it’s a league-wide problem.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s also one with no easy answer. Goalie interference is called upon players who “run” a goalie, but sometimes it’s not a clear-cut penalty call. It can be argued that wouldn’t happen if a team has an enforcer in the lineup but I haven’t seen any statistics to support this theory.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Center Derek Roy, acquired several weeks ago by the Oilers, has taken on a mentoring role with struggling winger Nail Yakupov, who’s appreciative of playing alongside the veteran center.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Intensity seems to be lacking by the Canucks in their recent games.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The odds are against the Senators making the playoffs, while their budgetary numbers prevents them from taking on a high-profile player to improve their playoff chances.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators are 12 points out of playoff contention. I don’t believe they can make it.