NHL Canadian Corner – February 4, 2014

Canucks blanked by the Red Wings, Senators fall to the Penguins, Oilers defeat the Sabres, the latest on Phil Kessel and Karri Ramo plus updates on the Canadiens and Jets.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Detroit Red Wings handed the offensively anemic Canucks their fourth straight loss, shutting them out 2-0.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not even the return of coach John Tortorella from his 15-day suspension could help the Canucks, who are barely clinging to the final wild card berth in the Western Conference.

Marc-Andre Fleury robs Erik Karlsson of a sure goal.

Marc-Andre Fleury robs Erik Karlsson of a sure goal.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators wasted a 46-save performance by goalie Craig Anderson by falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on an overtime goal by James Neal. Midway through the third Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson was robbed of a goal by an amazing glove save by Pens’ goalie Mark-Andre Fleury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators at least gained a point as they slowly climb toward a playoff berth.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Ilya Bryzgalov made 42 saves and Matt Hendricks got the game-winning goal as the Oilers edged the Buffalo Sabres 3-2.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle explains the secrets of Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel’s success.

CALGARY SUN: Flames goaltender Karri Ramo is out indefinitely with a knee injury.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey explains the Canadiens shipping defenseman Raphael Diaz to Vancouver for center Dale Weise.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are now getting offensive production from three lines.


  1. Ottawa’s overtime loss… look at the replay and watch Spezza! I’m tired of seeing teams score against the Sens, everytime Spezza is on the ice! Honestly! He hasn’t done anything… trade him or give him wigners. It’s sad! He is always chasing the puck and looking lost in the D-zone.

  2. I’ve been an advocate for a Spezza trade for a while. I respect everything he has given to our organization, but he is not a leader, Turris & Zibinejad are a fine #1 #2 for centers … Lazar, Pageau, Grant, Da Costa, Smith … we have plenty of options at center moving forward. Moving Spezza could net us a top 6 scoring winger, a prospect, and a 1st round pick.

  3. pretty lacklustre game last night in Detroit, you know how bad it was when your best forward was Booth. Eddie Lack did all he could to give Vancouver a chance (screened by two teammates on a high shot he never really saw ) with numerous spectacular saves but he got no goal support. with today’s game against the despised bruins the Canucks will have to be at their best or it will get ugly pretty early, Shanahan might want to show up unannounced at this game to keep both teams honest.