Game recaps, plus updates on Karri Ramo, Nail Yakupov, Tyler Bozak, Nikolaj Ehler and Mike Condon in your NHL Canadian Corner. 

Game Recaps.

Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin celebrates his goal against the Canucks.

Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin celebrates his goal against the Canucks.

THE WASHINGTON POST/THE PROVINCE: Alexander Ovechkin tallied the game winner and Jay Beagle had a two-point performance as the Washington Capitals nipped the Vancouver Canucks 3-2, handing the latter their fourth-straight home loss. Canucks forward Radim Vrbata scored his first goal of the season, but his giveaway also led to the Capitals game-tying goal.

NJ.COM/OTTAWA CITIZEN: Lee Stempniak netted the game-tying goal and the winner in a shootout to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Corey Schneider made 35 saves for the win. Senators veteran Chris Neil, playing in his 900th NHL game, had a Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist, fight) in a losing cause. The Senators also lost forward Mike Hoffman to a late-game lower-body injury.


Notable Headlines. 

CALGARY HERALD: Flames goaltender Karri Ramo cleared waivers yesterday and was demoted to their AHL affiliate. He was 0-3-0, with a 4.37 goals-against average this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s $3.8 million riding the buses in the minors, though the Flames receive $950K in cap relief. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL:  It appears Oilers winger Nail Yakupov has found a home on Connor McDavid’s line, collecting five points and 11 shots over the past three games with the talented rookie as his center.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: McDavid and Yakupov really seem to be developing a strong on-ice chemistry. If so, it will certainly boost Yakupov’s value to the Oilers, as this was seen as a “make-or-break” season for him.

TORONTO SUN (VIA SLAM HOCKEY): Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (lower-body injury) should return to the lineup Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.

WINNIPEG SUN (VIA SLAM HOCKEY): Jets rookie winger Nikolaj Ehlers hopes to build upon his early-season success.

LA PRESSE: Mike Condon gets the start tonight in goal for the Montreal Canadiens against the Buffalo Sabres.