NHL Canadian Corner – February 7, 2014

Canadiens beat the Canucks, Maple Leafs down the Lightning, Senators edge the Sabres, Flames defeat the Islanders, Oilers beat the Rangers and the Jets fall to the Capitals.

Max Pacioretty grimaces as he misses on a penalty shot against the Canucks.

Max Pacioretty grimaces as he misses on a penalty shot against the Canucks.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Max Pacioretty tallied a hat trick and Carey Price made 42 saves as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. Pacioretty also became the first player in Canadiens history to be awarded two penalty shots in the same game, but he failed to score on both chances.  Canucks captain Henrik Sedin (rib injury) won’t be playing for Sweden in the Sochi Olympics.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of late Price has been making the case for being Canada’s starter over Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo at the upcoming men’s Olympic hockey tournament. Ultimately, of course, it’ll be their performances in Sochi which will decide who gets that honor.

TORONTO SUN: Phil Kessel collected two assists and Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves as the Maple Leafs downed the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was forced to leave the game with an upper-body injury.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Milan Michalek scored twice (including a team record for the fastest goal to open a period – 10 seconds) as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-2.

CALGARY HERALD: Reto Berra made 28 saves while Mikael Backlund continues his hot play with two points as the Calgary Flames doubled up the New York Islanders 4-2.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Ben Scrivens made 35 saves while Nail Yakupov scored the late game winner as the Oilers edged the New York Rangers 2-1.

WINNIPEG SUN: Alexander Ovechkin became the first player to reach 40 goals this season (and reached that mark for the sixth time in his career) as the Washington Capitals downed the Winnipeg Jets. Bryan Little and Dustin Byfuglien scored for the Jets.


  1. It’s amazing how well the Leafs can play when they decide to play a full 3 periods and include defensive play in their game. This team tends to float most nights and survive on their goaltending and sniper abilities. It’s just nice to see they can play a proper game from time to time.

    • They did play pretty well, and beat a good young team with out one of the best players in the world and a goalie in the third period that has played less than a dozen games in the NHL. The first half of the first period was again a slow start. A win is a win hope they can keep it going against the Canucks, and takeover the three spot. Then a break and heal some bumps and bruises. Tim Gleason has been a near perfect addition exactly what this team needed.

      • Agreed Gleason has been nice. IF the Leafs are able to swindle MacDonald from the Isles I’d rather see Gunnar go over Franson. Pair Franson with a Dion and I think you see him be the guy you want him to be. Only issue is he’s an RFA with Arb rights and Gunnar is inked for three years. That could present a problem but from a pure talent stand point I’d keep Franson over Gunnar. Phanuef is neither considered an offensive Dman or defensive guy he is a bit of both and I’d say Franson is the same so they would probably compliment each other. Gunnar puts to much pressure on Dion to be offensive which I think gets him in trouble pinching way to many times. Anyways what ever the pairings end up having Phaneuf, Gleason, Franson, MacDonald, Gardiner and Reilly as the six would be a much improved blue line from the start of the year