NHL Canadian Corner – April 5, 2014.

Canadiens rally to defeat the Senators, Flames edge the Panthers, Oilers beat the Coyotes, an update on Jonathan Bernier, and the latest on the Canucks and Jets.

Max Pacioretty scores one of his three goals against the Senators.

Max Pacioretty scores one of his three goals against the Senators.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/OTTAWA CITIZEN: Max Pacioretty tallied a hat trick as the Canadiens overcame a 3-0 first period deficit to defeat the Ottawa Senators 7-4.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win lifted the Canadiens two points up on the Tampa Bay Lighting for second in the Atlantic Division, but the Lightning have a game in hand.

CALGARY HERALD: Mike Cammalleri collected his 500th career point while Ken Agostino scored his first NHL goal to carry the Flames to a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Sam Gagner scored the game-tying goal and the winner in a shootout as the Oilers beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes still collected one point, lifting them back into a wild card berth, one point ahead of the Dallas Stars. The Stars hold two games in hand.

TORONTO STAR: Goalie Jonathan Bernier (strained ligament, left knee) is sidelined for three weeks, meaning the Maple Leafs’ playoff hopes now rest with James Reimer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If ever there was an opportunity for Reimer to prove himself as an NHL starter, this is it. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks coach John Tortorella takes full responsibility for his club’s struggles.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Give Tortorella credit, he didn’t try to dodge blame or shift it on management. 

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets end another disappointing season but their players believe they’re on the right track.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I disagree. Here’s why.


  1. Morning Lyle!
    Wild Habs game last night eh? I was ready to overturn my coffee table after the sens went up 3-0 after 6 mins, although the Habs looked like they were still in Florida (with some golden tans to boot). Insane that they came back to take charge of the game! Then they sit back and still score goals. Just crazy.

    A lot of talk by the pro sens CBC broadcast team about how it’s embarrassing to sit PK. Well, not sure I agree with that. PK played a lot better after getting back in, and from what I gather from 24CH he expects the best from himself. I think that’s why MT sits him sometimes. It’s a little “timeout, get your head screwed on right and make the simple plays” move that has worked. Also, I think PK has been playing most of these last couple months with a right arm issue (24CH always shows him with a giant ice bag wrapped all around his forearm).

    Either way, PK isn’t leaving.

    Vanek, well. Throw him $7.2-7.8 million x 7 and hopefully he bites. The chemistry on that line is Kunitz/Crosby-like. Can’t let that go without a major fight.

    The return of Gorges/Prust/Moen/weise for the playoffs will be HUGE! I’m very excited for playoffs this year!

    P.S.: great to see Tinner punch that goof Gryba in the face/head many times last night. That guy is garybage :)

  2. Well The Leafs are now done like dinner having lost to the Jets tonight.Reimer? He faced 41 shots..41 shots; and somehow everybody wants to toss him under the bus . U know what? Leave it to a former coach to beat you by using your most persistent weakness against you..Team Defence..and that is everybody’s responsibility..not just Reimer’s job.. and this Maple Leaf team has had that problem right from the onset of the season.

    Replacing Carlyle; while likely to occur given all this, is going to happen.However, this doesn’t completely explain why a group of players chose to play like stiffs by and large over the course of 82 games. Bolland getting hurt didn’t help and Clarkson had a dog of a year..but truthfully..losing seems to be so ingrained in this franchise that they all seem to enjoy just playing well enough to lose and lose they continue to do.

    Reimer is likely as good as gone..So is Randy..Franson and/or Kulemin too…Bolland? He likely wants out no matter what..he can likely smell the years of Leaf decay..Clarkson? A much better player who is likely choked at his own performance so let him prove to us all next year that this year was an aberration.

    Well, time to move on and cheer for whatever Canadian team makes it to the playoffs