NHL Canadian Corner – December 21, 2013.

Canucks down the Blackhawks, Jets beat the Panthers, plus the latest on Jason Spezza, the Leafs goalie tandem, Mikael Backlund and more.

Ryan Kesler scores the shootout winner for the Canucks over the Blackhawks.

Ryan Kesler scores the shootout winner for the Canucks over the Blackhawks.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Eddie Lack stopped seven of eight players in a shootout and Ryan Kesler netted the game winner as the Canucks edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets moribund power-play roared to life as Tobias Enstrom and Blake Wheeler tallied with the man-advantage, powering their club to a 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Jason Spezza is trying to lead by example.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Spezza’s doing his best and can’t be faulted for his club’s lousy defensive play this season. Still, his first season as captain is off to a rough start.

TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs goalie tandem of Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer leads by example.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hey, maybe they should share the captaincy? Kidding, of course.

CALGARY HERALD: After a struggling start, Flames center Mikael Backlund has significantly improved.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That will improve his value in the trade market. Nothing against Backlund, but he doesn’t strike me as a Brian Burke player, and it’s Burke who’s calling the shots now in Calgary.

EDMONTON SUN: Poor puck management explains why the Oilers are giving up too many shorthanded and empty net goals.

LA PRESSE: RDS retains the Montreal Canadiens regional broadcast rights for the next 12 years.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Guess Rogers Communications can’t buy everything.


  1. Not surprised RDS got the rights to Habs games. Forget any of the English commentators, RDS has the best colour/play-by-play out there. I listen to the games in French over English even though I am an Anglo. I think Rogers knew they could not compete and that it was not really worth the effort for a real actively small chunk of the market.

  2. with Ericsson playing so well in Utica and Lack doing likewise backing up Luongo the same people who were berating Gillis for trading Schneider are marvelling about the depth Vancouver has in net. the Canucks didn’t play a perfect game but kept it close and ended up with a few timely goals. their penalty killing is still topping the NHL and the powerplay has improved, say what you like about Vancouver but they’re finding a way to win and they’ve beaten the top teams in the league, last night they did it without one of their top dmen and one of their top wingers.