NHL Canadian Corner – February 7, 2013.

Recaps of the Bruins-Canadiens and Stars-Oilers games, plus the latest on Phil Kessel, Cory Schneider, Jakub Silfverberg, Zach Bogosian, and more.

BOSTON GLOBE/MONTREAL GAZETTE:  Early third period goals by Tyler Seguin and David Krejci less than two minutes apart lifted the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. P.K. Subban scored his first of the season for the Canadiens, who controlled the play through the first two periods, but were unprepared for Bruins coach Claude Julien reshuffling his lines to start the third, resulting in the Seguin and Krejci goals.

OIlers fall 3-2 in OT to Stars.

OIlers fall 3-2 in OT to Stars.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS/EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jaromir Jagr potted the OT winner as the Dallas Stars edged the Edmonton Oilers 3-2. It was the Oilers fourth straight loss, and it cost them another center, as Anton Lander left the game with a foot injury. Jamie Benn and Derek Roy also scored for the Stars, while Ales Hemsky and Justin Schultz tallied for the slumping Oilers.

TORONTO STAR: Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin advised Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel to ignore fan and media criticism over his lack of goal-scoring this season and just play his game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ovechkin speaks from experience, as he’s received considerable criticism for his own declining offensive production.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Cory Schneider will get the start tonight when the Canucks face off against the Minnesota Wild.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets could soon have injured defenseman Zach Bogosian back in the lineup.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson likes what he sees in Jakub Silfverberg’s performance.

CALGARY HERALD: Danny Taylor, signed yesterday as a backup for Leland Irving, is better prepared for his role as an NHL backup this time than in his first go-around several years ago with the Dallas Stars.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Miikka Kiprusoff’s lower-body injury forced the Flames to sign Taylor. Kiprusoff is listed as “day-to-day” so he might not be out for too long. There’s some rumors tying the Flames to Ottawa’s Ben Bishop and LA’s Jonathan Bernier, but the Flames appear willing to stick with Irving as their starter for the time being.


  1. Schneider
    I smell trouble tonight for Schneider against Minnesota….the Nucks have’t dealt with a team of this calibre yet this year …this is going to make for a very interesting discussion on Thursday morning! bad feeling on this one for Schnides!!

    • Not here to be a total contrarian but, “the Nucks have’t dealt with a team of this calibre yet this year”. really?

      How about the Kings and Blackhawks?

      • Beat me too it. Blackhawks have looked awesome, Minnesota, meh they can’t score. If they light up Schneider it will be sad.

  2. @ the boys above!!

    Canucks played well with Luongo against the Blackhawks ( shoot out win ) …I ve been watching a lot of Wild games this year just to see where they are going and to see how well they have improved ..one of the best games of the year was St Louis and Wild a couple of games ago…..the wild have a force that can score on any shot at any time and really crash the net and play very hard in the corners to get the puck in the slot as opposed to the high flying Blackhawks totally two different teams here …in my mind!!

    Kings are not playing like the Wild that’s for sure!!

    Sport gut !!

    We will see !

    • “the wild have a force that can score on any shot at any time ”

      The Canucks have a force that “can” score but are having some trouble lighting the lamp.

      Well lets hope it is a good game!

  3. @backchecking

    I can’t believe how easy the first half of the Leafs schedule has been. Playing all the teams at the bottom of the league with the odd exception. If the Leafs don’t improve the team and Carlyle doesn’t improve his coaching the Leafs will get crushed in the second half of the season when they start playing good teams. I’m almost hoping they start loosing now so when they get crushed in the second half we will end up with a top 5 draft pick. Here I am cheering for the Leafs to loose again this year for a decent draft pick. Something is wrong with this picture.

    • The thing wrong with this picture is how you can call the burins, pens, sabers and caps not good teams and the leafs have yet to play against good teams. Do you even watch hockey?

      • @Ron
        Hey Jerk off I believe I was speaking to backchecking. If you don’t like the comment ignore it especially if was directed at you. Of course this comment is directed at you so comment away.

  4. Play nice guys!

    This is an open forum, all comments should be open to and subject to interpretation debate comment or rebuttal. Otherwise why are we all here, not just the two of you?

    Am I right Lyle?

    For the record I agree with Ron. The Leafs have already played 5 of the top 8 teams in the East.

    • Absolutely right, Murph. It’s one thing to disagree with an opinion, it’s another to make it personal.

    • @Murph The Leafs have played the Canadians, Sabres twice, Pen’s, Islanders, Rangers, Caps twice, Bruins, Canes and Jets. Out of those 11 games only the Pen’s, Canadians and Bruins are above Toronto in the standings and are above 16th place to which I added “with the odd exception”. That would mean 8 of the 11 games have been played against teams in the bottom half of the league. What are you talking about??? Do a little research before commenting next time.

      I did not start this thread by making it personal so I hope you are referring to Ron’s comment asking me “if I even watch hockey”. I took that as a personal insult. In fact he is always taking rude shots at peoples posts on this site.

  5. The gap between the 5th place team and the 14th place team is 5 points. Some of the those teams have played only 10 games versus the Leafs 11, and Carolina has only played 9. If you want the Leafs to lose and tank that’s your prerogative. All I am suggesting is that there is a fair amount of parity in the Division and just because the Leafs have beaten some of those bottom dwelling teams they are not necessarily pushovers. I am sure as usual the Leafs will do well enough to spoil the draft hopes of many by finishing too high for a lottery pick, but out of the playoffs.