Canadian Corner – October 12, 2013.

Recaps of Friday’s games involving Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on Bobby Ryan, Jonathan Bernier, Alexander Edler, Brian Gionta and more.

STAR-TELEGRAM/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Tyler Seguin’s four-point night lifted the Dallas Stars to a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Jamie Benn and Alex Chiasson also scored for the Stars. Blake Wheeler scored the Jets only goal.

Sean Monahan celebrates his game-winning goal over the Devils.

Sean Monahan celebrates his game-winning goal over the Devils.

CALGARY SUN: The surprising Flames extended their season-opening record to 3-0-1-1 with a 3-2 win over the struggling New Jersey Devils. Rookie center Sean Monahan continues to make his case to remain with the club, scoring his fourth goal of the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While there’s risk Monahan could struggle as the season progresses,  he currently looks very comfortable with the Flames. With six points in five games, he’s making a strong case for a permanent roster spot.

OTTAWA SUN: Bobby Ryan returns to Anaheim for the first time since he was dealt to Ottawa as the Senators prepare to face off against the Ducks today.

TORONTO SUN: Goaltender Jonathan Bernier is giving the Maple Leafs “great confidence “, leading to a reduction on rebounds and giveaways. Bernier’s .974 save percentage is currently third-best in the league.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If this keeps up, Bernier will become the de facto starter for the Maple Leafs this season.

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler was suspended three games for hitting San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl in the head with a check. Hertl was uninjured and there was no penalty on the play.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens captain Brian Gionta has returned to Montreal for family reasons.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers are still trying to adjust to coach Dallas Eakins’ new defensive system.


  1. While I understand that Shanahan is clearly looking at injury caused as part of his assessment of head shots, the fact that Edler went straight for Hertl’s head and that Edler is a prior offender seems to justify a five game ban rather than three game dished out. If the league is really serious about stopping head injuries, a play like this has to be eliminated asap with stiffer penalties.

    • Any more it seems like Shanahan has a hat with numbers in it pulls one of those numbers out then stutters his way thru why thats the number he chose as far as suspensions go. Its getting ridiculous. Second offence for a questionable hit. This time to the head…heres an idea if its a repeat offense and you are so much for protecting the head automatic 5 games injury or not. Guy jumps off the bench dosent do any thing and gets automatic 10. A wee little guy hacks a goon twice his size in the shins after he threatens to punch his lights out he gets three games with no prior suspensions?Preseason games means one thing regular season means another playoff games count more etc etc etc. Set standards and stick to them! The league look its run by children making up the rules to hide and seek as they play along, pathetic really.

  2. A head hit is a head hit is a head hit regardless of long term injury or not.

    That’s what Shanahan should look at.

    IF they want head shots out of the game.. then penalize it regardless if an injury happens or not; or, if the player doing the hitting has no prior suspension; or; because it is a star player or plays for a certain team. That’s been Shanahan’s way ever since he took over.

    If it’s a head shot.. penalize it.. Nothing difficult about that.