Recaps of last night’s games involving Canadian NHL teams, the latest on Dustin Byfuglien and Matt Stajan, and Shane Doan admits how close he came to signing with the Canucks last summer.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE/EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Chicago Blackhawks extended their season-opening streak without a regulation loss to 19 games by nipping the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in overtime. Marian Hossa scored the winner for the Blackhawks, who rallied back from a 2-1 deficit entering the third period. Jeff Petry and Nail Yakupov scored for the Oilers, while Nikolai Khabibulin made 31 saves in a losing cause.
TORONTO SUN/PHILLY.COM: The Toronto Maple Leafs held off a late charge by the Philadelphia Flyers to emerge with a 4-2 victory. Phil Kessel, Nikolai Kulemin, Mikhail Grabovski and Jay McClement tallied for the Leafs, and Ben Scrivens made 23 saves for the win. Flyers winger Scott Hartnell scored his first goal of the season, while Jakub Voracek continued his hot streak with two points
OTTAWA CITIZEN/LA PRESSE: Ben Bishop made 44 saves and Peter Regin scored the winner as the Ottawa Senators downed the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in a shootout. Dave Dziurzynski scored in regulation for the Senators, while Andrei Markov had the Canadiens only regulation goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the fifth straight win for the injury-ravaged Senators, who are getting superb goaltending of late from Bishop while their younger players are also stepping up. Bishop was considered trade bait a month ago, but it’s safe to say he won’t be going anywhere for the time being.
WINNIPEG SUN: Dustin Byfuglien isn’t expected to miss any playing time after suffering a recent lower-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We’ll find out soon enough if it affects his play.
CALGARY HERALD: Matt Stajan has regained his scoring touch playing for new head coach Bob Hartley.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Flames anemic offense, they need all the scoring they can get right now.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan, in Vancouver for an upcoming game against the Canucks, admitted he was “pretty close” to signing with the Canucks last summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s possible the Coyotes could be relocated if there’s no buyer for them this summer. Give Doan credit for wanting to stay with the Coyotes, but this could be their last season in Phoenix.