Game recaps, the latest on Sean Monahan and more in your NHL Canadian Corner.
THE VANCOUVER SUN/THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Ryan Miller made 28 saves in regulation and overtime plus two more in a shootout to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, spoiling the latter’s home opener. Alex Burrows netted the winner for the Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks are off to a 2-0-1 record, which likely comes as a surprise to critics anticipating a difficult season following their summer moves. Of course, there’s a long way to go, but the Canucks are enjoying a promising start.
NEWSDAY/WINNIPEG SUN: John Tavares had a goal and two assists to lead the New York Islanders to their first win of the season, downing the Winnipeg Jets 4-2. The Jets got goals from Mark Scheifele and Dustin Byfuglien, though the latter left the game with an apparent right-leg injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word yet as to the severity of Byfuglien’s injury or how long he might be sidelined
CALGARY SUN: As Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan approaches his 21st birthday, his 54 career goals to date leads the 2013 NHL Draft class, while his 98 career points are second-highest for the Flames over the past two seasons. He’s also poised to become the second-youngest Flame to reach 100 career points.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Monahan is the best center the Flames have had since Joe Nieuwendyk last skated for them over 20 years ago. This kid will anchor their first line for at least the next ten years.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Despite the Canadiens hot start, their power play remains sluggish.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators were called for 17 minor penalties in their first three games, leading the league in that department.
TORONTO STAR: The Leafs are working on their lines, helping goalie Jonathan Bernier cut down his angles and improving their puck-possession numbers.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers seek their first goal of the season.