NHL Canadian Corner – February 13, 2013.

Recaps of Tuesday’s games involving Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on James Reimer and Jarome Iginla.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE/STARTRIBUNE.COM: Roberto Luongo made 25 saves as the Vancouver Canucks nipped the Minnesota Wild 2-1. Kevin Bieksa and Jannik Hansen scored for the Canucks, who held off a late charge by the Wild after Devin Setoguchi narrowed the lead in the third period. Call-up goalie Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves in his NHL debut for the Wild.

David Desharnais' SO winner lifted the Canadiens to victory over the Lightning.

David Desharnais’ SO winner against the Lightning salvaged a win for the Canadiens.

LA PRESSE/TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Montreal Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead but a shootout goal by David Desharnais gave them a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Viktor Hedman scored twice and Sami Salo also scored to spark the Lightning comeback late in the third period.

OTTAWA CITIZEN/BUFFALO NEWS: Craig Anderson made 42 saves as the Ottawa Senators blanked the Buffalo Sabres 2-0. Erik Karlsson and Erik Condra were the Senators goal scorers.

PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS/WINNIPEG SUN: The Philadelphia Flyers took a two-goal lead in the third period then held on to down the Winnipeg Jets 3-2. Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves and Jakub Voracek set up two of the Flyers three goals. Andrew Ladd scored twice for the Jets.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS/EDMONTON SUN: Four unanswered goals carried the Dallas Stars to a 4-1 win over the struggling Edmonton Oilers. Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves for the Stars, and Jaromir Jagr was among their scorers. Taylor Hall scored the Oilers only goal.

NATIONAL POST: Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer is expected to be sidelined for at least a week with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Reimer suffered the injury during the Leafs 5-2 win over the Flyers on Monday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs will go with Ben Scrivens as their starter in Reimer’s absence. There will be more on this situation in the Trade Rumors section.

CALGARY SUN: Former Flame turned radio host Rhett Warrener is concerned over the performance of Flames captain Jarome Iginla, questioning Iginla’s competitive desire in this shortened season. Warrener also feels the Flames should move Iginla before the trade deadline.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla is a notoriously slow starter, but the lockout and the shortened season could make that a greater concern for the Flames. I don’t question Iginla’s competitive fire, but I do believe age is starting to catch up with the 35-year-old captain.

3 Comments

  1. Interesting how a team has a lot of success or failures in certain arenas. For example, Minnesota has not won in Vancouver for something like ten visits and Luongo had shut them out the last three games he played against them in his barn and only allowed them one goal last night. But on he flip side, when the Canucks were in the Wild’s arena the coach started Schneider because Luongo has had nothing but problems there.
    As a side note: I thought it showed a touch of class that during the on ice warm ups Luongo did his stretching next to Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper, who was just called up from the AHL and was playing his very first NHL game, and Roberto seemed to be congratulating him for making it and having a nice conversation with the kid before they faced each other in the nets.
    As another side note: It was sad to hear that Minnesota Wild player Devon Setoguchi’s grandparents were two of the Japanese Canadian’s that were rounded up during the second World War and put in an internment camp. A period of Canada’s history that does not make me proud.

  2. Captain, good post.

    On Iginla, why can’t they just bite the bullet and trade him so he has a chance to play for a winner?

    In interviews he will say he loves Calgary, wants to win a cup there, blah blah, but unless Iggy plans to lace them up into his mid 50’s, it is not happening. What else is he going to say? He is never going to bad mouth Calgary.

    In addition, what prospect / draft pick is ever going to supplant him as the star of the team, the captain, the “franchise player. No one can or will succeed him as long as he stays there. They are not going to take the C off his jersey and habd it to someone else.

    So Feaster, do the right thing. Trade him now and start your rebuild while Jarome still has the kind of value that will deliver you good players, prospects or draft picks. Otherwise its sad to watch.

    • Like Ray Bourque who left Boston to go to Colorado to win his cup..or Mats Sundin who thought that going to Vancouver would win him his championship, unless Feaster shows some class and trades Jarome to a winner as we believe, he will languish in the archives that is Calgary and still be just a name without that trophy. who has served both team and country without reservation or comprimise