NHL Canadian Corner – April 15, 2012.

The Senators get an ugly win over the NY Rangers, Canucks coach keeps mum on his starting goalie for Game 3 against the Kings, Canadiens Hall of Famer Emile Bouchard passes away, more speculation on the Oilers hiring former Flames coach Brent Sutter, ten interesting items about the Jets this season, and Flames defenseman Chris Butler is headed to the World Hockey Championship.

OTTAWA SUN: Chris Neil scored in overtime as the Senators edged the NY Rangers 3-2 in an ugly, fight-filled game to even the series at a game apiece. Senators defenseman Matt Carkner and Rangers center Brandon Dubinsky were ejected early from the game, and Rangers forward Carl Hagelin could face a suspension for elbowing Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson in the head.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks coach Alain Vigneault won’t tip his hand as to which goalie he’ll start for Game Three against the Kings. While starter Roberto Luongo has played well in the first two games, there’s calls for Vigneault to shake things up by starting backup Cory Schneider.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame defenseman and captain Emile “Butch” Bouchard passed away at the age of 92.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: More speculation the Oilers might hire former Flames coach Brent Sutter.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ten notable items from the Jets first season.

CALGARY HERALD: Flames defenseman Chris Butler will join Team USA at the upcoming World Hockey Championship.


  1. I absolutely loved what I saw from the Ottawa Senators last night. They stood up for and together with their young superstar defenseman. He had his head used for a punching bag in the previous game and so at the first opportunity to do so Carkner returned the favour. On fact the beatdown was so bad that Dubinsky had to jump in to try to save his teammate for an even worse beating. Dubinsky got a third man in penalty and game misconduct.
    I thought back to last years Canucks when Sedin had his head used as a punching bag and the teams lack of response. This is how a team stands up for one another rather than turning the other cheek only to get that one smacked too.

    I would start Schneider tonight just to see if the Canucks will play inspired hockey in front of him. While Luongo is doing well the team is not and something has to give them a kick in the butt or else they will be gone.
    Power play wise, the Canucks must get people in front of the net and score some greasy goals. Finesse is nice during the regular season but this is the playoffs for Pete’s sake.

  2. All I can say is I wish the Leafs played like the senators this year !!! Good for them …they played a hell of a comeback game and gave the Rangers all they could handle …..cant believe all the elbows to the head in this years playoffs!!

    Shanny is not being very fair and is letting way to much go on …its out of control !! I like the rough tumble stuff but the amount of blatent head shots is concerning