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