Daniel Alfredsson stars in his Ottawa homecoming with the Red Wings, Canucks hang on to a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes, Oilers defeat the Stars but lose Ilya Bryzgalov, Douglas Murray filling a big role on the Canadiens blueline, and updates on the Maple Leafs, Jets and Flames.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: In his first game against the Senators in Ottawa, Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and an assist to help the Detroit Red Wings down his former club 4-2. The Senators honored Alfredsson with a two-minute video tribute while the fans gave him a standing ovation.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And after he’s retired, his number 11 will be honored and retired by the Senators. There’s no mystery about it. Yes, his parting with the club was an unhappy one, and you can argue over which side was in the wrong, but it would be the height of pettiness not to honor Alfredsson by retiring his jersey.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Winger Alex Burrows saved a sure goal midway through the third period to ensure the Canucks hung on to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Devan Dubnyk replaced an injured Ilya Bryzgalov to backstop the Oilers to a 3-2 shootout win over the Dallas Stars. Bryzgalov was hurt after a goalmouth collision with Stars forward Ryan Garbutt. More details on his upper-body injury are expected today.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tough break for the Bryzgalov and the Oilers, as he’s played well in his brief appearances in the Edmonton crease.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Big, slow-footed blueliner Douglas Murray’s physical defensive style has filled a big role for the Canadiens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Canadiens fans were critical of the Canadiens signing Murray, but after recovering from an early-season injury he’s rounding into shape as a physical defensive presence.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs struggling special teams are one reason for their recent decline.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are facing a crucial point in their season as they search for consistency.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames must play with more grit.