In today’s collection of notable Canadian NHL team news, game recaps, an update on Canucks rookie Jared McCann and a preview of the Canadiens’ next game.
CALGARY SUN/EDMONTON SUN: Michael Frolik potted his first three goals of the season, including the winner late in regulation, to give the Calgary Flames a 5-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in the latest installment of the “Battle of Alberta.” The win also snapped a four-game losing skid for the Flames, giving them only their third win of the season. Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl each had a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who also had a goal by Benoit Pouliot overturned on a coach’s challenge for a somewhat controversial goaltender interference call.
WINNIPEG SUN/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Winnipeg Jets scored three first-period goals and hung on for a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, chasing Jackets starter Sergei Bobrovsky from the net in the process. Bryan Little, Andrew Copp and Blake Wheeler tallied for the Jets. Brandon Saad and Scott Hartnell replied for the Jackets, who are 0-5-0 at home and one regulation loss away from the franchise record set in 2001.
THE DETROIT NEWS/OTTAWA SUN: Henrik Zetterberg earned his 500th and 501st career assists along with his 800th career point as the Detroit Red Wings downed the Ottawa Senators 5-3 in the second game of their back-to-back series. Petr Mrazek also made 33 saves for the Wings, giving them only their second win in their last eight games. Kyle Turris, Mark Stone and Bobby Ryan scored for the Senators, who won only one game at home in October.
TRIBLIVE.COM/TORONTO STAR: Matt Cullen and Eric Fehr netted their first goals of the season and Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0. It was Phil Kessel’s first game back in Toronto since he was dealt last summer to Pittsburgh, but he was held off the score sheet. The shutout was the 40th of Fleury’s career. The Leafs opted not to hold any sort of tribute for Kessel before or during the game. The club currently has only nine goals in its last six games.
THE PROVINCE: Jason Botchford believes Vancouver Canucks rookie center Jared McCann (the club’s goal-scoring leader thus far this season) has shown too much offensive ability to be returned to his junior club before his 10th NHL game.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey previews the Canadiens game tonight in Montreal against the Winnipeg Jets. Carey Price is expected to get the start in goal for the Habs.