Game recaps, plus updates on Clarke MacArthur, Lance Bouma and more in your NHL Canadian Corner.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Carey Price made 25 saves for his first shutout of the season, out-dueling New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (29 saves) as the Canadiens earned a 3-0 victory, setting a franchise-record fifth consecutive season-opening win. Tomas Flesichmann, Dale Weise and Tomas Plekanec scored for the Habs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not to take anything away from Price, who was terrific, but the Habs margin of victory would’ve been much wider if not for Lundqvist. Fleischmann earned a roster spot with the Habs following a tryout. So far, he’s got two goals and three points in five games.
STLTODAY.COM/EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jori Lehtera and Alex Steen each had a goal and an assist as the St. Louis Blues spoiled the Edmonton Oilers’ home opener with a 4-2 victory. Lauri Korpikoski and Taylor Hall tallied for the Oilers, who still seek their first point of the season. Rookie Connor McDavid was held off the scoresheet.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite the positive offseason moves by the Oilers, it hasn’t translated yet into on-ice improvement. The goaltending has more stability compared to recent years, but the defense remains porous. They’re really struggling to score so far this season. McDavid looked like the weight of the world was on his shoulders during the pregame introduction.
TRIBLIVE.COM/OTTAWA SUN: Marc-Andre Fleury notched a 22-save shutout backstopping the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-0 win over the Ottawa Senators. Evgeni Malkin and former Charlottetown Islander Daniel Sprong scored the game’s only goals (Sprong’s first in the NHL), while Sidney Crosby remains without a point this season. The Senators have concerns over winger Clarke MacArthur, who missed this game after suffering a head injury (his third in eight months) against Columbus on Wednesday.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks sniper Radim Vrbata, the club’s leading scorer last season, has yet to hit the score sheet this season.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames forward Lance Bouma underwent surgery yesterday to repair a broken left fibula. No timetable is set for his return.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are looking forward to their upcoming home opener.
TORONTO SUN: Like the rest of Canada, the Maple Leafs are cheering on the Blue Jays. Several of them were in the stands at Rogers Centre for the Jays emotional division series win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.