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WINNIPEG SUN/CALGARY HERALD: Dustin Byfuglien’s dramatic late goal snapped a 1-1 tie and Blake Wheeler scored into an empty net to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. Byfuglien’s tally sullied what was otherwise a solid effort by Flames netminder Karri Ramo, who blamed a slip on his part for the goal. The Jets are now 4-1-0 on the season, while the Flames slip to 1-3-0.
THE GLOBE & MAIL/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Leo Komarov scored twice and Daniel Winnik collected three assists as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the floundering Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3. It was the first win of the season for the Leafs, while the Jackets losing skid extends to five games.
STLTODAY.COM/THE VANCOUVER SUN: Alex Steen had a goal and an assist and Vladimir Tarasenko had two assists as the St. Louis Blues held off a late surge by the Vancouver Canucks for a 4-3 win. It was a costly victory for the Blues, as center Paul Stastny left the game in the second period after blocking a shot. Brandon Sutter had a goal and two assists in a losing cause for the Canucks.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers coach Todd McLellan knew it was going to be a difficult task turning his club around this season. Despite offseason optimism among the fan base, the club is still seeking its first win of the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The goaltending is better and the Oilers appear to be playing better as a teams, but they’re still lacking experienced blueline skill and they’re having trouble scoring thus far.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan believes the Senators are lucky to have a 3-2-0 record, noting they’ve been outshot 179-125 over that period.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They can thank goalie Craig Anderson for their record so far. If not for him, they might still be seeking their first win of the season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Having signed a two-year contract extension with the Canadiens, center Tomas Plekanec said he hopes to finish his NHL career in Montreal.