NHL Canadian Corner – February 28, 2014

Canadiens edge the Penguins, Jets ground the Coyotes, Maple Leafs fall to the Islanders, Senators stomped by the Red Wings, Flames blanked by the Kings, Oilers shut out by the Wild, plus the latest on the Canucks.

David Desharnais scores in a shootout against the Penguins.

David Desharnais scores in a shootout against the Penguins.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Daniel Briere scored twice (including the game-tying goal) setting the stage for David Desharnais’s shootout winner as the Canadiens edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-5. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal each had two points in the loss.

WINNIPEG SUN: Devin Setoguchi and Olli Jokinen scored in a shootout as the Jets nipped the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2.

TORONTO SUN: Lubomir Visnovsky scored in overtime to lift his New York Islanders to a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Johan Franzen scored a hat trick to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-1 thumping of the Ottawa Senators. Bobby Ryan scored the Senators only goal. Robin Lehner gave up six goals on 15 shots.

CALGARY SUN: Dustin Brown and Dwight King scored the only goals as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the Calgary Flames 2-0.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Mikael Granlund, Stephane Veilleux and Dany Heatley scored as the Minnesota Wild shut out the Edmonton Oilers 3-0.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Tony Gallagher calls upon the Canucks to use winger Zack Kassian on the Sedin line.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: News regarding Ryan Kesler can be found in the Rumors section.


  1. Wow all that boring olympic hockey made me forget how bad the Leafs defense can be. Franson or Gardiner pick your poison and get rid of one there is too much way too much of the same type mistakes thru this group. Gleason going a very tough guy in Boulton was good to see, it makes FML or Orr that much more useless.

    • Once again the Leafs prove they have an exceptional amount of fire power (goals/shot) and an exceptional amount of issues on defense or with a defensive system (if there even is one). I believe you have to give up something to get something so it’s time to move some of the offensive power to get better on D.

      It will not happen though. Diamond Dave will stay the course and tinker with the 3rd/4th lines or /6th/7th Dmen if he even does anything at all. He has proven to be a “play it safe” kind of GM. I hate to say it but the Leafs are destined for mediocrity for a long time. It’s just how it is.

      • Does anyone know if leafs need to make a trade for bolland to play on Saturday ? I see they sent Ashton down but the cap space isn’t there

        • Send down Bodie or Smith theres room

          • Bolland wont play against the Habs tho I think

  2. My Sens got thumped sure, but that was a bad, bad game for the Leafs. A Islanders team missing Tavares, giving up two goals on the SAME powerplay … was a bad night in Leaf Nation.