Canadiens edge the Senators, Flames rally against the Canucks, plus the latest on the Jets and Oilers in your NHL Canadian Corner.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/OTTAWA SUN: Brian Flynn scored the game winner and collected two assists in a wild second period to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 series-opening win over the Ottawa Senators. Six goals were scored in the second period, with the Habs collecting all four of theirs in that frame. Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was ejected from the game for a nasty slash on Senators forward Mark Stone, who left and returned to the game twice.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It didn’t take long for the emotions to boil over between these two clubs, with Subban’s slash on Stone being the catalyst. Subban deserved the five-minute major and game misconduct. The Senators believe he should be suspended, with coach Dave Cameron suggesting one of the Canadiens best players could receive similar treatment if Subban didn’t receive supplemental discipline. Reports last night speculate Subban won’t be suspended, but Cameron’s comments could result in his getting a warning from the league. The situation will certainly stoke the fires for Game Two on Friday.
CALGARY HERALD/THE PROVINCE: Third-period goals from David Jones and Kris Russell lifted the Calgary Flames to a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game One of their opening-round series. Bo Horvat scored for the Canucks, who dominated the Flames in stretches during this game but could get more than one goal past Flames netminder Jonas Hiller. Earlier in the day, the Flames announced the signing of top prospect goalie and NCAA tournament MVP Jon Gillies to an NHL contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Two rookies – the Canucks’ Horvat and Calgary’s Sam Bennett – acquitted themselves well in their first-ever NHL playoff game. Both made key contributions and played with a poise that overshadowed their lack of postseason experience.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Forward Mathieu Perreault (lower-body injury) remains questionable for the Jets’ series opener against the Anaheim Ducks. Defenseman Tobias Enstrom skipped practice yesterday but is expected to play in Game One.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers medical staff say injuries to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov will prevent them from participating in the upcoming World Championships.