Game recaps and more from a busy Saturday in your NHL Canadian Corner.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/CSNNE.COM: Lars Eller scored twice, Alexander Semin had two assists and Alex Galchenyuk collected three helpers as the Montreal Canadiens doubled up the Boston Bruins 4-2. Bruins forward Brad Marchand left the game after being struck in the head by an accidental elbow from Canadiens winger Dale Weise.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Eller-Galchenyuk-Semin line has been the best thus far for the Habs. Marchand’s injury is yet another blow for a Bruins team reeling from the absence of veterans Zdeno Chara (upper body) and Dennis Seidenberg (back surgery).
CALGARY HERALD/THE VANCOUVER SUN: The Calgary Flames avenged their season-opening loss to the Vancouver Canucks by defeating the latter in their home opener 3-2 in overtime. Sean Monahan tied the game in the third period, setting the stage for Johnny Gaudreau’s overtime marker. Bo Horvat and Jared McCann tallied for the Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Forget “The Battle of Alberta,” the Flames have quite the rivalry going with the Canucks. I’m looking forward to more games between these two clubs.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/TORONTO STAR: Shootout goals by Bobby Ryan and Mike Hoffman lifted the Ottawa Senators to a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, who overcame deficits of 3-0 and 4-3 to force a shootout. Senators captain Erik Karlsson tallied three assists, while Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf had two.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This game certainly wasn’t a defensive struggle or a goalie’s duel. Credit the Leafs for rallying back after falling behind 3-0.
THE TENNESSEAN/EDMONTON JOURNAL: Craig Smith and Filip Forsberg scored the game’s only goals while Pekka Rinne made 31 saves as the Nashville Predators blanked the Edmonton Oilers 2-0. Oilers rookie Connor McDavid managed two shots as he continues to seek his first NHL point.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Only two games into the regular season and the Oilers are still seeking their first actual goal. The one they got in their season opener was an own goal by the St. Louis Blues. The Oilers are working harder defensively and Cam Talbot has looked good between the pipes, but they need to get their offense going.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets rookie forwards Nikolaj Ehlers and Nic Petan have impressed with their solid defensive play thus far.