The Montreal Canadiens get their first win of the season over the Toronto Maple Leafs, plus the latest in Ryan Kesler, Nikolai Khabibulin, Matt Stajan, Robin Lehner and more.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though the game was tied at two after the second period, it wasn’t as close as the score suggested. The Canadiens dominated the Leafs throughout those periods, and blew the game open in the third.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ryan Kesler will miss four-to-six weeks after suffering a broken bone in his foot back on February 15. He played six games with the injury before it was finally detected.
SPECTOR’ S NOTE: Another tough break (no pun intended) for Kesler, who had recently recovered from off -season surgeries.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers potential problem in goal has been resolved for the time being, as Nikolai Khabibulin has been placed on IR for a nagging groin injury. Devan Dubnyk will see the bulk of the starts in goal for the foreseeable future.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Khabibulin had earned most of the recent starts for the Oilers, creating a “goaltending controversy”.
CALGARY SUN: Flames center Matt Stajan avoided a concussion after suffering a blow to the head from Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle in a recent game. Coyle will not be suspended for the hit.
OTTAWA SUN: Robin Lehner could sit against the Bruins on the one year anniversary of his shutout against them.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lehner also hasn’t played a game yet this season, while Ben Bishop has played well replacing the injured Craig Anderson.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets are struggling at home this season.