Senators thump the Blue Jackets, an update on Lance Bouma and more in your NHL Canadian Corner.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Erik Karlsson collected four assists while Bobby Ryan and Mike Zibanejad each had a goal and two assists as the Ottawa Senators downed the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets 7-3. The Blue Jackets outshot the Senators 40-28 and dominated in the faceoff circle, but the Senators tallied three unanswered third-period goals to blow the game open.
Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky gave up six goals on 26 shots and later admitted he had “zero confidence” in his play. The Jackets are off to their worst start (0-4-0) in franchise history.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Craig Anderson was outstanding between the pipes for Ottawa. If not for him, perhaps this game would’ve had a different outcome. Up until roughly the midpoint of the second period the Jackets were the dominant team. Indeed, they had leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 before the Senators overtook them in the second period and put the game away in the third. Considering the optimistic anticipation surrounding the Jackets entering this season, their poor start is among the biggest surprises thus far.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames forward Lance Bouma suffered a broken left fibula against the St. Louis Blues and will miss the next three months.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a blow to their forward lines. Bouma is an aggressive shot-blocking energy forward.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks GM Jim Benning is pleased with his club’s 3-0-1 start, citing their work ethic and singling out forwards Brandon Prust, Adam Cracknell and Brandon Sutter, along with starting goalie Ryan Miller.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Granted, four games does not a season make, but considering the abuse Benning received from Canucks fans for his offseason moves, he’s earned the right to feel good about himself right now.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers hope to find their first win of the season in their home opener tonight against the St. Louis Blues.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The rookie trio of Nikolaj Ehlers, Nic Petan and Andrew Copp are fitting in well with the Jets.
SLAM HOCKEY: The Toronto Maple Leafs will face two former Leafs this weekend. David Clarkson and the Blue Jackets square off against the Leafs Friday night in Columbus, and on Saturday, the Leafs travel to Pittsburgh to face off against Phil Kessel and the Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Friday match-up sees two teams seeking their first victories of the season, while it’ll be interesting to see how Kessel performs against his former club on Saturday.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens ownership has invested nearly $100 million over the past three years on improvements for the Bell Centre.