Canadian Corner – December 7, 2011.

The Jets upset the Bruins…Canucks goalies share shutout win…Leafs James Reimer impressed by Martin Brodeur…Canadiens lose in shootout to lowly Blue Jackets…Brendan Morrison leads Flames to high-scoring win over Hurricanes…Oilers Ryan Jones off to good offensive start…Peter Regin to return soon to Senators lineup.


Pavelec stands tall for Jets in win over Bruins.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 39 saves as the Jets snapped the Boston Bruins unbeaten streak at 14 games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could be a huge confidence-building win for the Jets, who’ve shown steady improvement in recent weeks.

VANCOUVER SUN: Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider were both name third stars in the Canucks 6-0 shutout win over the Colorado Avalanche. Luongo was injured in the game and had to be replaced by Schneider.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luongo finished the game on the bench and didn’t appear to have suffered any lingering after-effects from an apparent neck injury which made it difficult for him to breathe for a few seconds.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer was in awe of New Jersey Devils aging netminder Martin Brodeur, who was stellar in the Devils 3-2 overtime win over the Leafs.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Expect that loss to add to the cries of the Montreal media and fans for head coach Jacques Martin to be fired. Don’t hold your breath.

CALGARY HERALD: Brendan Morrison had a four point night (2 goals, 2 assists) as the Flames held on to a wild 7-6 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Ryan Jones is setting a surprising scoring pace this season.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators center Peter Regin, out for 22 games thus far with a shoulder injury, is aiming for a mid-December return.


  1. Lyle, there seems to be a certain amount of media disdain for the poor Montreal peasants brandishing their pitchforks but the Habs have been wildly inconsistent over the past three years in spite of icing the same core of go-to guys. They beat the best teams, are a complete coin toss against competitive teams, and are the balm for any team on a losing streak. Consistency and preparedness are the responsibility of the coach. I’m not suggesting that the media is at all responsible for leading the charge to oust a coach, but any media agent who dismisses this reality is not being honest. So my question to you is: is your dismissal of the desire of fans for a coaching change support of Martin or an acknowledgement of how dysfunctional the Habs organization is from the top down?

  2. When Jacques Martin first started coaching the Sen’s the best thing he brought in was a disciplined system for that young team to play. His biggest flaw was he couldn’t seem to make changes when different situations arose during games or playoff series. If his system wasn’t working he just couldn’t seem to adapt very quickly if at all. Not sure if this is what Montreal fan’s are experiencing but that’s how I saw it back in the late 90’s early 00’s.

  3. Shaun: I don’t dismiss the calls for a coaching change, but I don’t believe it’ll do much good. The Canadiens aren’t that good, and if not for the superstar in goal named Price, they’d be wallowing in the bottom of the conference. Shaking things up behind the bench might help, but I doubt management will do it over the course of the season. If they miss the playoffs, then Martin could lose his job.

  4. Thanks for the answer though option C, which I did not consider, is a bucket of cold water on my enthusiasm. Cheers.