NHL Canadian Corner – February 27, 2013.

Recaps of last night’s games involving Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Khabibulin, Milan Michalek and Rene Bourque.

Olli Jokinen (12) celebrates one of his two goals as the Jets down the Rangers 4-3.

Olli Jokinen (L) celebrates one of his two goals as the Jets down the Rangers 4-3.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/NEW YORK POST: The Winnipeg Jets handed the NY Rangers their fourth straight loss with a 4-3 victory. Olli Jokinen and Evander Kane each scored twice as the Jets held off a late rally by the Rangers.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC/VANCOUVER PROVINCE. Kyle Chipchura scored twice and Mike Smith made 29 saves as the Phoenix Coyotes doubled up the Vancouver Canucks 4-2. Jason Garrison and Henrik Sedin tallied for the Canucks.

STARTRIBUNE.COM/CALGARY HERALD: The Calgary Flames inability to extend a 1-0 lead proved costly as the Minnesota Wild rallied to win the game 2-1 in overtime.  Zach Parise netted the winner on a power-play for the Wild.

TORONTO STAR: Mikhail Grabovski is the Maple Leafs the Canadiens love to hate, in part because he has more points against them than any other team.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Grabovski obviously gets motivated to beat his former club.

EDMONTON SUN: Nikolai Khabibulin’s recent strong play is complicating the Oilers goaltending picture.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t blame the coach for going with the hot hand.

OTTAWA SUN: Milan Michalek (knee) could return to the Senators lineup this weekend.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Rene Bourque has been sidelined by a concussion.


  1. Phoenix showed again last night why the Vancouver Canucks are not a serious cup contender.
    With Kein Bieksa out with a groin pull the Canuck’s defense resembled a Chinese fire drill most of the night and the lack of effort defensively by the forwards, especially the fourth line, cost the team the game. If the loss of one defenseman can cause that much difficulty something needs to be done.
    You would think that the goalie’s play would be crappy allowing four goals to an injury depleted Coyote’s team, but actually Schneider kept them in the game. He should freakin’ sue the team for non-support but then again the Canucks entire season has been centered around great goaltending rather than being able to out score their opponents. Unless changes, and I mean plural, are made and soon the Canucks will be out of the playoffs early once again and the call for both the coach’s and GM’s head will start being heard throughout the realm. Even though I believe it is time for a new coach both AV’s and MG’s job could and should be in jeopardy if Vancouver is out early.

  2. The Canucks are already trying to find someone to center the third line and now I hear that Ryan Kesler is out 4 to 6 weeks with a broken foot so they need an interm guy to replace him on the second line.
    Maybe, just maybe (but not freakin’ likely) Gillis will make a couple of moves to address the teams need for at least one center as well as lack of defensively responsible forwards and overall team toughness. I admit I am asking for a lot but if Vancouver wants to go more than one playoff round they need to get creative and fast.

  3. Captain, i could not agree more. Many teams, including the Canucks have to take stock this week and either forge ahead as is or make a splash. A lot of teams have high priced help sitting in the press box and others have excess in certain positions, and gaping holes in others. My sense is if they wait to close to the April 3rd trade deadline someone will beat them to the punch. The smart GM’s will start dealing now before its too late, and while they can maximize value..