Recaps of Tuesday’s games involving Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on James Reimer and Jarome Iginla.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE/STARTRIBUNE.COM: Roberto Luongo made 25 saves as the Vancouver Canucks nipped the Minnesota Wild 2-1. Kevin Bieksa and Jannik Hansen scored for the Canucks, who held off a late charge by the Wild after Devin Setoguchi narrowed the lead in the third period. Call-up goalie Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves in his NHL debut for the Wild.
LA PRESSE/TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Montreal Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead but a shootout goal by David Desharnais gave them a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Viktor Hedman scored twice and Sami Salo also scored to spark the Lightning comeback late in the third period.
PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS/WINNIPEG SUN: The Philadelphia Flyers took a two-goal lead in the third period then held on to down the Winnipeg Jets 3-2. Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves and Jakub Voracek set up two of the Flyers three goals. Andrew Ladd scored twice for the Jets.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS/EDMONTON SUN: Four unanswered goals carried the Dallas Stars to a 4-1 win over the struggling Edmonton Oilers. Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves for the Stars, and Jaromir Jagr was among their scorers. Taylor Hall scored the Oilers only goal.
NATIONAL POST: Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer is expected to be sidelined for at least a week with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Reimer suffered the injury during the Leafs 5-2 win over the Flyers on Monday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs will go with Ben Scrivens as their starter in Reimer’s absence. There will be more on this situation in the Trade Rumors section.
CALGARY SUN: Former Flame turned radio host Rhett Warrener is concerned over the performance of Flames captain Jarome Iginla, questioning Iginla’s competitive desire in this shortened season. Warrener also feels the Flames should move Iginla before the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla is a notoriously slow starter, but the lockout and the shortened season could make that a greater concern for the Flames. I don’t question Iginla’s competitive fire, but I do believe age is starting to catch up with the 35-year-old captain.