Game recaps, plus updates on the Canadiens, Canucks, Senators and Maple Leafs in today’s collection of notable NHL Canadian team news.
WINNIPEG SUN/TWINCITIES.COM: The Winnipeg Jets built a 5-1 lead, then hung on to edge the Minnesota Wild by a score of 5-4. Drew Stafford, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler each had two points for the Jets, who chased Darcy Kuemper from the Wild net after he gave up four goals on 18 shots. Mikko Koivu, Justin Fontaine and Zach Parise scored to make the game interesting for the Wild.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/EDMONTON SUN: A controversial glove save by Jonathan Quick on Connor McDavid ensured the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Quick got his trapper on McDavid’s shot, but it appeared the puck had crossed the line. Following a lengthy review, the goal was disallowed.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Judge for yourselves. While it appears Quick’s glove is over the goal line, there’s no conclusive proof the puck crossed the line.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/CALGARY HERALD: Oscar Lindberg, Girardi, Kevin Klein and Derick Brassard scored as the New York Rangers overcame an early 1-0 deficit to down the struggling Calgary Flames 4-1. Jiri Hudler tallied the lone goal for the Flames, who remain plagued by defensive breakdowns and shaky goaltending.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think an upgrade in goal could work wonders for the Flames. The problem is finding it. Karri Ramo was demoted after three poor starts and Jonas Hiller just keeps getting worse. Looks like promising Joni Ortio will get the start in their next game.
LA PRESSE: As the unbeaten Montreal Canadiens embark on a Western Canada road trip, they know they’ll be facing hungry teams keen to break their winning streak. The Canadiens are 9-0-0 and are one victory away from tying the NHL record for consecutive wins (10) to open a season.
THE PROVINCE: The Vancouver Canucks hope to end the Habs streak, as well as their five-game losing skid at home (0-3-2) when the two club face off at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.
OTTAWA SUN: The status of injured Senators Marc Methot (concussion) and Curtis Lazar (upper body) remains uncertain.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs forwards Leo Komarov and Nick Spaling missed practice yesterday for medical reasons, but are expected back in the lineup for tonight’s home game against the Arizona Coyotes.