Ducks douse the Flames to take a commanding series lead, updates on the Canadiens-Lightning series and more in your NHL Canadian Corner.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/CALGARY HERALD: The Anaheim Ducks overcame an early 2-1 deficit to double up the Calgary Flames 4-2 and take a commanding 3-1 lead in their best of seven second-round series. Special teams made the difference for the Ducks, killing off a 5-on-3 in the third period, while Matt Beleskey tallied the game winner early in the third period on a power play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The series now shifts back to Anaheim on Sunday for Game Five, where the Flames haven’t won since 2006.
LA PRESSE/THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien hopes his club’s lopsided win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Four will give his players a dose of confidence heading into Game Five. The Lightning lead the series three games to one, but the Canadiens have been the dominant puck-possession club thus far.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Apart from the Habs meltdown in Game Two, they were the better team everywhere but on the scoreboard in Games One and Three. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was dominant in those games but was certainly off his form in Game Four. The Lightning’s power play has been lethal in this series, and could be the difference maker in tonight’s game if the Habs lose their poise.
NBC SPORTS: Talk of former San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan joining the Edmonton Oilers has heated up of late. McLellan has reportedly been interviewed by Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli. He’a also received thumbs-up from Oilers stars Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, who are playing for McLellan on Team Canada at the IIHF World Championships.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Detroit Red Wings allowing coach Mike Babcock to speak to other clubs, it’ll be interesting to see what effect that has on the McLellan-to-Edmonton speculation.