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.
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.