In today’s collection of notable Canadian NHL team news, game recaps, the Flames recall Karri Ramo, the Leafs sign Rich Clune and an update on Mike Hoffman.
WINNIPEG SUN/CHICAGO TRIBUNE: After giving up an early Patrick Kane goal, Winnipeg Jets netminder Michael Hutchinson made 45 saves to backstop his team to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Blake Wheeler, Andrew Ladd and Mark Scheifele tallied for the Jets, with Bryan Little collecting two assists. This marked the third straight game the Blackhawks managed only one goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Knocking off the defending Stanley Cup champions was a big win for the Jets, who’ve won six of their opening 10 games. In attempting to compensate for the absence of superstar defenseman Duncan Keith (knee surgery), it appears the Blackhawks are sacrificing offense, though they did have several quality scoring opportunities in this game.
EDMONTON SUN/MONTREAL GAZETTE: Call-up forward Leon Draisaitl scored twice, including the game winner, as the Edmonton Oilers overcame a 3-0 deficit to upset the Montreal Canadiens 4-3. Connor McDavid and Taylor Hall each collected two assists for the Oilers. Brendan Gallagher, Torrey Mitchell and Alex Galchenyuk scored for the Habs, who made Alexander Semin a healthy scratch for this game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Full marks to the Oilers for not rolling over after falling behind 3-0 to the Canadiens. After dominating the first period, the Canadiens stopped skating and seemed to go into a defensive shell. Maybe it’s me, but it seems like they do that a lot whenever they take a significant early lead. And almost as regularly, they usually end up blowing those leads.
As for Semin, it appears that inexpensive experiment may be coming to a close. With only three points in 10 games whilst skating on the second line, much more was expected of him. If Semin fails to step it up, he’ll either be a press-box regular or skating in the minors by the end of November.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS/THE PROVINCE: Speaking of teams blowing leads, the Vancouver Canucks blew a 3-1 third period advantage to fall 4-3 in overtime to the Dallas Stars. Jason Demers and Patrick Sharp rallied the Stars to force overtime, where Jamie Benn finished it. Alex Burrows, Alexander Edler and Radim Vrbata tallied for the Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Heartbreaking loss for the Canucks, who seemingly had this game in hand with a strong second period followed by Vrbata’s early third-period marker. Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller was particularly sharp in the first period. You could sense the tide turning after Demers’ goal midway through the third.
CALGARY HERALD: With Jonas Hiller sidelined by a lower-body injury, the Calgary Flames have recalled goaltender Karri Ramo.
OTTAWA SUN: Sidelined Senators forward Mike Hoffman (lower-body injury) remains coy over the exact nature of his injury. He’s hoping to return to action on Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs yesterday signed rugged forward Rich Clune to a one-year, two-way contract.