Game recaps, plus updates on Radim Vrbata, Morgan Rielly, Clarke MacArthur and more in your NHL Canadian Corner.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/STLTODAY.COM: Carey Price had a 38-save shutout performance, Max Pacioretty tallied his fifth goal of the season and Alexander Semin netted his first as the Montreal Canadiens blanked the St. Louis Blues 3-0. The Habs sports a 7-0-0 record, tops in the NHL. Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko’s point streak was snapped at six games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price was definitely the difference in this one. The Blues dominated the game until Semin’s goal made it 2-0, after which the momentum turned.
THE WASHINGTON POST/CALGARY HERALD: Nicklas Backstrom scored twice and Alexander Ovechkin collected his 900th career point as the Washington Capitals downed the Calgary Flames 6-2. The loss marked the first time in franchise history the Flames dropped their first four home games in a season. Earlier in the day, former Flames winger Curtis Glencross announced his retirement
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Glencross is only 32, but the combination of his injury history, declining numbers and marginal increase in the salary cap left him an unsigned free agent. Best of luck to him in his future endeavors.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Radim Vrbata is being reunited with the Sedin twins on the Canucks top line. It’s hoped the move will jump-start Vrbata’s production. He’s been held scoreless in the club’s first six games.
TORONTO STAR: After all the controversy the Maple Leafs went through in 2014-15, defenseman Morgan Rielly hopes the club can be boring this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, Rielly’s hoping the club avoids the drama of last season in order to focus on its rebuild this season. Considering what they went through last season, who can blame him for wanting things to be quieter?
OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Clarke MacArthur and defenseman Marc Methot are both sidelined by concussions.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers call-up Andrew Miller will play on the club’s top line with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in their upcoming game against the Detroit Red Wings.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets’ early-season defensive game isn’t where it needs to be.