Canadian Corner – November 13, 2011.

In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: The Maple Leafs drop a lackluster game to the Senators…Canucks Ryan Kesler continues to work on his recovery…Smyth and Nugent-Hopkins scoring most of Edmonton’s goals…Max Pacioretty comes through in OT for Canadiens…Several expensive Flames are healthy scratches…Jets defenseman accepts responsibility for his team’s loss to Columbus.

OTTAWA SUN/TORONTO SUN: The Ottawa Senators handed arch-rival Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-2 loss during the “Hall of Fame Game” in Toronto last night.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nick Foligno potted two goals for the Sens, who snapped a five-game losing skid, while the Leafs dropped their third game in their last five, and looked listless in most of this one.

Kesler trying to regain his speed.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ryan Kesler continues to work on improving his speed and snap-shot as his recovery from off-season surgery continues.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s going to probably take until mid-season for Kesler to finally round back into form.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers are getting the bulk of their scoring from rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and veteran Ryan Smyth, leading head coach Tom Renney to call on his other forwards to step up their performances.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rival teams have undoubtedly noticed this and will start keying in on those two in future games.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Max Pacioretty was the hero for the Canadiens, potting the OT winner in the Habs 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A beautiful goal by Pacioretty, who snapped a high wrister over the shoulder of a startled Pekka Rinne just under the crossbar. Honorable mention to P.K. Subban with a nice set up on the goal.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames have a lot of money sitting in the press box of late in Matt Stajan and Cory Sarich, who earn a combined $7.1 million, plus an additional $3 million on waivers in Niklas Hagman.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Mark Stuart accepted blame for his inability to prevent the Columbus Blue Jackets from scoring their two goals in their 2-1 win over the Jets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nice of Stuart to take the blame, but it’s not his fault. If his teammates, especially the scoring forwards, had done a better job, nobody would’ve remembered Stuart’s “gaffes”.


  1. Another needless loss to a team they should have beaten. Dupuis and his careless, needless penalty was the turning point in the game..Glad the crowd boos them at the end of the game for playing with indifference. Makes you wonder if the players want Wilson out of there and keep laying eggs at home hoping that one of Burke’s bosses notices and attempts to force his hand for a coaching change. I mean can’t score on the PP, PK is last. It all looks dysfunctional.

  2. joey , you said it all…time for Wilson to walk.

  3. Completely agree that Wilson needs to go. The entire roster has been changed from top to bottom since Wilson was hired and yet the team still plays the exact same way no matter who is on the ice. Clearly this is a coaching problem

  4. Calgary is in terrible cap shape. Would you rather have a struggling Luongo or Stajan and Sarich? Should put things in perspective for Canucks fans at least…