Flames push Canucks to brink of elimination, updates on the other Canadien playoff clubs and more in your NHL Canadian Corner.
CALGARY SUN/THE VANCOUVER SUN: First-period power-play goals by Johnny Gaudreau and Jiri Hudler powered the Calgary Flames to a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, giving the Flames a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven playoff series. Sam Bennett also tallied for the Flames, who chased Canucks goalie Eddie Lack from the net. The Canucks were playing without forward Alex Burrows, who reportedly suffered a broken rib in practice.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Flames win this series, it’ll be their first one since 2004.
OTTAWA SUN/MONTREAL GAZETTE: Struggling Senators star Bobby Ryan is working hard to break out of his scoring slump, while the Canadiens will replace injured blueliner Nathan Beaulieu with Greg Pateryn.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Senators on the brink of elimination entering Game Four tonight, they need Ryan to bust out of his scoring slump. He scored only once in his final 20 games of the regular season and has yet to find the back of the net in this series. Perhaps he’s nursing an upper-body injury. It would certainly account for his lengthy goal drought.
WINNIPEG SUN/ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien had little to say to the press yesterday about his poor performance in Game Three against the Anaheim Ducks, whose forwards Ryan Kesler and Corey Perry relish being the villains in Winnipeg.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Byfuglien and his teammates must play their best game of the season tonight against the Ducks or else their playoff run will come to an abrupt end.
EDMONTON SUN: Though Oilers owner Daryl Katz is suing Sherry Bassin, owner of Connor McDavid’s Erie Otters, Bassin believes it won’t affect how McDavid plays for the Oilers.
TORONTO STAR: Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin might be a good fit on the Maple Leafs blueline alongside Morgan Rielly.