Jets fall to the Ducks, tensions rising between the Canadiens and Senators, an update on Sean Monahan and much more in your NHL Canadian Corner.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/WINNIPEG SUN: Corey Perry scored twice in the third period while teammates Ryan Getzlaf and Sami Vatanen each collected three points as the Anaheim Ducks overcame a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 in Game One of their opening round best-of-seven series. Adam Lowry and Drew Stafford tallied for the Jets.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/MONTREAL GAZETTE: Senators GM Bryan Murray voice his displeasure over the fact Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban won’t receive supplemental discipline for slashing Ottawa forward Mark Stone in Game One of their opening-round series. Murray said Stone suffered a microfracture and ligament damage in his right wrist as a result of the slash, which cost Subban a five-minute major and a game misconduct. Murray also claims Subban threatened Stone prior to the slash, which Subban denies. Stone remains questionable for Game Two and could be replaced by Chris Neil.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can bet both clubs were warned by the league about retaliatory action, but that won’t prevent Subban from being a target for the Senators. Whether it’s in Game Two or later in the series, an Ottawa player could take it upon themselves to get some revenge. If Stone is unable to play the remainder of this series, it could be a significant blow for the Senators. He was among the league’s hottest scorers over the past two months, playing a key role in the Sens reaching the playoffs.
CALGARY HERALD/THE VANCOUVER SUN: Sean Monahan insists his lackluster performance in Game One against the Vancouver Canucks wasn’t because he’s playing hurt. The Canucks, meanwhile, must improve their power-play after going 0-3 in Game One against the Flames.
TORONTO SUN: Even if the Maple Leafs win the NHL Draft lottery tomorrow and select Connor McDavid with the first-overall pick, they still have a long way to go in their rebuilding process.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Landing McDavid will jump start their rebuild, but it doesn’t mean they’ll be a playoff team next year. They’ll have to rebuild around him and that’s going to take time.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers head coaching position remains up in the air. There are a number of potentially promising candidates out there, but there’s also interim coach Todd Nelson’s performance to consider.