Canucks avoid elimination against Flames, Oilers to hire Peter Chiarelli and more in your NHL Canadian Corner.
THE PROVINCE/CALGARY HERALD: Goals by Nick Bonino and Daniel Sedin, along with a 20-save effort from Ryan Miller, lifted the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames, staving off elimination and forcing Game Six in Calgary. The Canucks dominated much of this game, peppering Flames netminder Jonas Hiller with over 40 shots.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not to detract from the Canucks well-earned victory, but after the Flames took the early lead they seemed to go into a defensive shell instead of pressing the attack as they’ve done in previous games in this series.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/OTTAWA SUN: The Montreal Canadiens hope to get their sputtering power play rolling in Game Five against the Ottawa Senators, whose starting goalie Craig Anderson is back in fine form after spending most of the past two months sidelined by injury or backing up Andrew Hammond.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers are expected to introduce former Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli as their new head of hockey operations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wouldn’t be surprised if current president of hockey ops Kevin Lowe retires or is shuffled into a different role within the organization. Chiarelli’s hiring is a significant shift away from the old boys’ network which has dominated how the Oilers have been run in recent years.
WINNIPEG SUN: Eight Winnipeg Jets players, including team captain Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little, Mathieu Perreault and Adam Pardy, played through injuries or attempted to do so during their recent playoff series against Anaheim.
TORONTO SUN: Former Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis reflects on his time with the club, defending his decisions to re-sign Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel to long-term extensions.