NHL Canadian Corner – December 11, 2013.

Game recaps, including the Flames welcoming back Jarome Iginla, Oilers win in overtime over the Hurricanes, the Canadiens suffer a humiliating loss to the Kings, the Maple Leafs lose Dion Phaneuf to suspension and Yannick Weber stuck in limbo with the Canucks.

Bruins winger Jarome Iginla salutes the Calgary fans during a pre-game ceremony honoring his Flames career.

Bruins winger Jarome Iginla salutes the Calgary fans during a pre-game ceremony honoring his Flames career.

CALGARY HERALD: Another defensive collapse led to the Flames falling 2-1 to the Boston Bruins on the night they welcomed back former captain Jarome Iginla, who received a two-minute standing ovation during a pre-game ceremony from the Calgary fans.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A well-deserved honor for Iginla, a future Hall of Famer and among the greatest players in Flames history.

EDMONTON JOURNAL:  After blowing a 4-1 lead, Jordan Eberle’s power-play goal in overtime lifted the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens captain Brian Gionta blamed a lack of focus on his club’s humiliating 6-0 loss at the hand of the LA Kings, who made history with their first-ever shutout of the Habs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After winning nine of their last ten and not losing in regulation over that period the Habs were due for a letdown.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets fell 2-1 to the St. Louis Blues courtesy of  a late power-play goal by Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators shootout struggles continue as they fell 2-1 to the Buffalo Sabres.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs got some good news as winger Joffrey Lupul returns to action tonight against the LA Kings, but they also learned team captain Dion Phaneuf was suspended two games for boarding Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Defenseman Yannick Weber could be regretting his decision to sign with the Canucks last season, as he’s seen little action with the club this season.


  1. Well heres hoping the Kings used up all their offense for the week on the Habs, and are tiered playing back to backs. This could be another 50 shot against night. The burnout of Bernier continues. Least Lupul is back.

    • I really think they should play Reimer in this one ….it could be very disgusting !!

      LOL ..actually maybe both will play …LMAO !

      • Can Lupul play Defense ??

        • BC
          I thought you don’t like Phaneuf and think he’s slow, bad shot, makes dumb plays ect? Why would having him out make any difference to the teams defensive abilities in your eyes?

          • Actually he does do all that !
            Iam not going to be ignorant and dismiss he is having a decent season …my underlying issues are the long term factors with him the money for him that will take away from being able to sign other playre sthat will be options and I truly believe that he is replaceable with a top end defender instead ….THAT BEING SAID …having hime out of the line up and leaving the players left doesnt exactly give you much chance as 3 out of the 4 defenders are not even quality defensemen…thats my point !
            Dion is a good # 2 #3 Defender …do I prefer him to be Captain and # 1 Defender at $8 million a year for the Leafs for the next 7 years …NO! …Sorry !

            Iam not a Dion hater hes a quality D man just miss cast in Leaf land …for the role he plays he is not a 30 minute guy who can shut out teams top lines and the only reason he is doing so is because of the Garbage under him !

          • Ok just checking. I agree with your assessment. He’s having a banner year and go figure in his UFA year too. That rarely happens. sarcasm.

            I still say just because it opens up a hole and it could be a significant hole isn’t a reason to way over pay a player. Imagine if he goes back to his old self next year after signing $8M for 7 years. We could then have Bozak, Clarkson and Phanuef saddling the team for years to come with brutal contracts and no amnesty buyouts left to rescue the team. If there was no cap I would pay Dion what ever he wants but that’s not the real world. I’d rather take a set back next year then get saddled with an immovable contract for the next seven years IMO.
            Many will disagree

    • It’s the perfect situation for the Leafs. Time to focus on a simple, damage-control kind of game. Playing against a bigger, faster and more skilled team, not having their stud dman, can they show the discipline to clear their own zone quickly and avoid the long sieges that have plagued them? Will they be smart enough to keep their stick on the ice and stay out of the box?? If not, 6-0 is just the start.

  2. Lupul helps add a second line of attack, seems without him the Leafs don’t have much of a second line. I’d line to see Lupul, Raymond and Holland paired to see what they can do.
    It would also be nice if Clarkson under goes surgery this summer to re-attach his old hands because these new ones have no softness to them what so ever. Brutal actually.

    • Lupul plays with confidence too, something his team-mates often lack. He makes a big difference when he’s healthy.
      Jarome Iginla deserves all the praise he gets – glad to see the ceremony focussed on his community involvement as well as his amazing career as a Flame.