NHL Canadian Corner – April 4, 2012.

Canucks rally back to edge Ducks in a shootout, the Sabres overcome early deficit to down Maple Leafs in OT, the Panthers blow a lead and a chance to clinch a playoff berth in a 5-4 OT loss to the Jets, the Senators fall to the Hurricanes, a down year for Flames scorers, the Canadiens begin contacting prospects for their GM job, and Oilers coach fined.


Teammates defend Luongo.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks rallied back from a 4-2 deficit to defeat the Anaheim Ducks in a shootout 5-4. Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was pulled after giving up four goals on 15 shots, but his teammates were quick to rally to his defense.

TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs blew a 3-0 lead and ultimately fell 6-5  in overtime to the Buffalo Sabres, who kept their playoff hopes alive with the victory.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets played the role of spoiler, overcoming a 3-0 deficit to edge the Florida Panthers 5-4 in overtime, delaying the Panthers attempt to clinch their first playoff berth in 12 years.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators fell 2-1 to a Carolina Hurricanes team determined to bounce back from a poor outing in their last game. Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward made 38 saves for his 29th win of the season.

CALGARY SUN: It’s been a down year for the Flames best offensive players, which was key to their missing the playoffs this season.

RDS.CA: The Montreal Canadiens have reportedly contacted Chicago Blackhawks assistant GM Marc Bergevin and noted player agent Pat Brisson regarding their vacant GM position.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers head coach Tom Renney was fined $10,000 for disparaging comments regarding the officiating in his club’s recent loss to the LA Kings. So, an NHL player who’s a first time offender for making a dangerous play which could seriously injure an opponent gets fined $2,500, but a head coach dares question the officiating in a game and get whacked with a $10 grand fine?  Anyone else besides me find those punishments don’t fit the crimes?


  1. Good to know the GM work has begun with the Habs, but I hope good candidates are not ruled out because they rush and complete the process before the playoffs are done.

    And with respect to NHL discipline, I gave up on punishments fitting crimes a long time ago.

  2. Leafs
    Was at game last night and they lack a full 60 minute program …I would dare say that Ben Scrivens is the Goalie they should concentrate on in the future and Rimer should be trade bait next year …not becuase of just the last two games but he is the most mobile and mentaly solid Goalie they have …Riemer has had an opportunity to run with it and is not a goalie that can carry a team where as I believ Scrivens can ! Time will tell !
    Colborne is HUGE and needs to be a much for physical player if he wants to play in the NHL he gets lost if hes not in the play and should park himself infront of the net more hes trade bait for sure!
    Phaneuf is not a leading D man he gets beat to the outside often and can not cover a guy in front of the net if his life depended on it! Big question marks on this guy ..they need a solid anchor back there hes not it !!!Frattin is solid and skates quick and has a good shot and battles hard good pick up !

    If Clgary is going to rebuild and move forward they should really look into the coaching services of Dallas Eakins from the Marlies …he would be a perfect fit !

    HABS Coaching
    Would Jaques Lemer come back for 2 seasons ????

  3. The leafs should develope a tender instead of always shipping em out for someone else. Either that or get a proven tender. It’s a tough market for a young guy to do well in I think.

  4. I think the Sabres seem to be taking making the playoffs more seriously than the Caps.