NHL Canadian Corner – April 21, 2014

Canadiens take a stranglehold on their series with the Lightning, an interview with former Jets coach Claude Noel, an update on Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts, and an examination of the Oilers power play this season. 

Montreal's P.K. Subban wheels past a cartwheeling Ondrej Palat moments before setting up Brendan Gallagher's game-winning goal.

Montreal’s P.K. Subban wheels past a cartwheeling Ondrej Palat moments before setting up Brendan Gallagher’s game-winning goal.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/TAMPA TRIBUNE: A controversial goalie interference call and a spectacular play by P.K. Subban lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning appeared to take a 2-1 lead in the second period but the goal was disallowed as the officials believed Lightning forward Alex Killorn interfered with Canadiens goalie Carey Price. Later in the period, Brendan Gallagher scored what proved the game winner following a great individual effort by Subban to set him up.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t believe the Lightning goal should have been disallowed, as there was no contact between Killorn and Price either just before or at the moment when the goal was scored. Still, as Lightning coach Jon Cooper noted, the game was still tied after the goal was disallowed. The Lightning were outplaying the Habs in the second period up to the moment when Subban made that great effort to set up Gallagher’s goal. That, and the combination of losing Steven Stamkos for part of the second to a head injury (he returned for the third) seemed to take something out of the Lightning. They’re in a deep hole now, with history against them. Only three teams in NHL playoff history have overcome a 3-0 series deficit to win a best-of seven series. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless interviews former Jets coach Claude Noel, who said he believes he can still coach in the NHL. He also didn’t rule out returning to the AHL or the KHL. He also had kind words for the Jets and the city of Winnipeg.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anyone hoping for Noel to dish some dirt on the Jets, especially his relationship with some of their key player, are going to be disappointed. 

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts, who missed most of this season to concussion, is undergoing innovative treatment giving him hope of resuming his career.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staple compares the Oilers power play under Dallas Eakins to what it was under his predecessor Ralph Krueger.


  1. Great presentation by the Montreal Canadiens last night!!! The show they put on left me in awe and with goosebumps!

    For all the talk there has been about the disallowed TB goal no one has mentioned the delayed penalty early whistle against MTL when they scored and TB never had possession of the puck. To me that’s two bad calls that cost goals for both teams, so it’s even.

    Realistically, Habs outplayed TB again in virtually every aspect of the game and deserved to win, again.

    I’m not liking certain fans giving it to a injured Stamkos, but he wouldn’t have his head at knee level if he just stays on his feet and isn’t trying to draw a penalty.

    Good for the Habs, good for the fans there (I’m sooooo jealous), and good for Bourque. Maybe he’s a tradeable asset now in the offseason, as he paper fly asked for a trade at the deadline.

    One more thing… PK! PK! PK! Seeing him skate around the entire TB squad before sending Palat into the 5 row and set up Gally… Just wow! Magnifique!

  2. lyle that was clearly an infraction of rule 69.3 how can you say that should have counted?