NHL Canadian Corner – February 3, 2012.

Dustin Byfuglien heading to trial over boating incident….Miikka Kiprusoff looked up to Mike Vernon….Expecting Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul to regain their scoring touch…A positive night for Oilers Ryan Whitney…Senators top two scorers held pointless in four games…Canadiens coach blames refs for team blowing yet another lead…Canucks “schooled” by Red Wings.


Byfuglien headed to court over boating incident last summer.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will be going to trial on charges of boating while intoxicated in Minnesota last summer, which if convicted could have implications for his ability to travel between Canada and the United States.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I daresay Byfuglien, if convicted, will received a hefty fine, perhaps placement in a drug/alcohol program, but I doubt his ability to travel will be hampered, as it would adversely affect his ability to earn a living.

CALGARY SUN: Miikka Kiprusoff, who’s currently tied with Mike Vernon for most games played by a Flames goalie, looked up to Vernon early in his career.

EDMONTON SUN: Oft-injured Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney had a notable night of his own during Sam Gagner’s 8-point performance against Chicago last night, scoring his first goal of the season and his first since Boxing Day, 2010.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs scorers Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul have cooled over their past ten games, but it’s expected they’ll regain their scoring ways.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators top scorers Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza have gone scoreless in four games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One reason for their recent offensive decline is rival teams are keying on them more often than earlier in the season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth blamed the officiating for his team’s 5-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of course, if the Canadiens knew how to play with a lead this season (they led 3-1 at one point in this game), a couple of missed calls by the refs wouldn’t have resulted in the Devils potting the game-winning goal. Remember what former Hab Mike Cammalleri said about the culture of losing which had permeated the Habs roster this season? He was right.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks get “schooled” by the Detroit Red Wings in a 4-3 shootout loss.


  1. The Byfuglien situation is worse than most think. The intoxication charge is not that serious and will likely be dropped (based on his lawyer’s ability to argue the facts) or not result in severe punishment if convicted. However, his second charge is for refusing to partake in a blood and urine test. This is a very serious charge in Minnesota and if convicted will result in jail time. So he is not going to get off the hook so easily.

  2. Going back to yesterdays posts: I guess last night Kovlachuk showed why he is a cancer in the dressing room, doesnt have the ability to make his teammates better, and isnt a well rounded player or worth is salary….

  3. Hi Lyle,
    Your right about the Habs not being able to keep a lead, however RC is right, The winning goal was scored after a clear interference call was missed by what looks to be a biased Ref known as Chris lee, I looked through his record of officiating games which involve the Habs and it looks like he clearly hates them! I for one think it’s time for the NHL refs to be accountable for poor officiating, the Bruins are an example of a team which it seems is being given preferential treatment.
    There were some boarding calls missed and a bad call on Diaz last night that was clearly a dive but once again Lee doesn’t see anything or does not care! He did hurt the habs last night.
    By the same token they should be bale to focus on closing the gaps in order to protect the lead. This season has been one Big disaster and cannot come to a end! I feel so Bad for Carey Price who win totals are not what they were last year but his numbers otherwise are almost what they were last year Goals against and save % (He should be close to those numbers by seasons end)!
    Serious change in management is needed and before PG can make anymore moves! I just shake my head at how this season has unfolded!
    Keep up the good work! Thanks

  4. The reffing was less than shiny, but I am so sick of watching the Habs blow games… and Cunneyworth looked so lost behind the bench. Truthfully, he may be in over his head. Clean slate by draft day please.

  5. Cunneyworth was trying to think in french last night so it was all confusing for the players. I do feel bad for Carey Price too. He’s stuck on a sinking ship.

  6. What’s wrong with the Habs, many ask?
    Not A Damn Yhing, I say, …they’re just Great the way they are!!!

  7. “Thing”

  8. Team 990 this morning poinbted out that Cole had taken a boarderline hit and did not get a call. He spent most of the night chirping at the refs…..so no real suprise they did not call a penalty when it was him that got interfered/hooked