Maple Leafs get costly win over Stars…Senators fall to the Penguins…Canucks dominate Coyotes…The Oilers snap a lengthy losing record against the Wild…Jets finally at .500… Flames hopeful about waiver pickup Blake Comeau…Habs could have Andrei Kostitsyn back tonight.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs defeated the Dallas Stars in a 4-3 shootout, but also lost forward David Steckel and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing reliable blueliner Gunnarsson and faceoff specialist Steckel could indeed be serious blows to an already banged-up Leafs team, already missing James Reimer, Mike Komisarek, Mikhail Grabovski, Matt Lombardi, Colby Armstrong and
Matt Mike Brown.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators had no answer for the Pittsburgh Penguins offensive onslaught, led by Sidney Crosby’s three first-period assists, falling 6-3 to the Pens.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Cory Schneider recorded his second straight shutout, backstopping the Canucks to a 5-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’ll add more spice to the “goalie controversy” in Vancouver. Quick, someone start the Roberto Luongo trade rumors rolling!
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers snapped a 17-game losing record to the Minnesota Wild, as rookie sensation Ryan Nugent-Hopkins potted two goals to lead the Oilers to a convincing 5-2 win over the Wild.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: RNH must’ve heard the reports about his lack of offensive production on the road.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets got to .500 on the season with a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, led by Andrew Ladd and backup Chris Mason.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets have won four of their last five and have points in all of those games, but they’ll face a stiff challenge today against the defending Cup champion Boston Bruins.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames head coach Brent Sutter and GM Jay Feaster are optimistic recent waiver pickup Blake Comeau will regain the scoring touch he lost this season with the NY Islanders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If he does, he’ll become a valuable addition to the Flames offense.
LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens should have winger Andrei Kostitsyn back in the lineup tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.