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