NHL Canadian Corner April 13, 2014

Canadiens edge the Rangers, Senators down the Leafs, Oilers win in Ryan Smyth’s farewell game, plus the latest on the Jets and Flames. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Brian Gionta scored the only goal on a penalty shot in overtime to give the Canadiens a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers. Carey Price made 41 saves for his sixth shutout of the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens now await the outcome of the Tampa Bay Lightning-Washington Capitals game today to determine home ice advantage in their opening round series against the Lightning. 

Godspeed, Ryan Smyth.

Godspeed, Ryan Smyth.

EDMONTON JOURNAL /VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Taylor Hall collected three assists as the Edmonton Oilers downed the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 in Ryan Smyth’s final NHL game. Smyth was feted with a lengthy standing ovation late in the game, embraced by his teammates and the on-ice officials after the game, and congratulated by the Canucks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tremendous send-off for the one of the game’s most-respected players. All the best in your retirement, Ryan Smyth. 

OTTAWA CITIZEN/TORONTO SUN: Jason Spezza scored the game’s only goal as the Ottawa Senators edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0.

WINNIPEG SUN: Blake Wheeler was among the few bright spots in this disappointing season for the Jets, setting career-highs in goals (29) and points (69).

CALGARY SUN: The Flames are trying to downplay hype surrounding their recent addition, 2014 Hobey Baker award winner Johnny Gaudreau.


  1. Trevor Linden’s hiring shows that class starts at the top. somewhat ironic that the first time i ever saw the other team come out to shake hands with a retiring player it was Iginla and the Flames coming out to shake Linden’s hand. people forget what bitter rivals the Flames and Canucks are, in fact the last time they played before Linden’s retirement game was a penalty filled affair so Iginla showed a ton of class doing something that hadn’t been done before to show respect. i hope his last game is against the Canucks (if he’s not playing for them at that time … we can only hope) so they can return the gesture.

  2. Well, the Maple Leafs season is now mercifully over for us all. Shanny as the new President, for the most part, can’t hurt what is already a huge mess on the ice. He’s worked under 2 of the best hockey Gm’s in Lou and Ken Holland. He’s been a proven winner both on the NHL ice and the International stage. He’s knows what it takes to win and has likely built a long list of good contacts along the way.

    Does any of that translate into success as being the President of an NHL team; especially one as dysfunctional as the Leafs? I don’t know..

    What I do believe is that the Leafs gave up trying sometime ago to win and seemed to buy into the idea of losing at times. Carlyle, in my opinion, is gone at the very least. The players have clearly tuned him out and seem to have no faith in much of what he says and does. Their efforts on the ice reflect all that.

    Good luck Brendan as you’re going to need it.