NHL Canadian Corner – February 9, 2014

Maple Leafs down the Canucks, Canadiens beat the Hurricanes, Jets fall to the Blues, Senators mauled by Bruins, Flames edged by the Flyers, and Oilers coach Dallas Eakins assesses his club at the Olympic break.

Leafs celebrate James van Riemsdyk's goal against the Canucks.

Leafs celebrate James van Riemsdyk’s goal against the Canucks.

TORONTO STAR/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Third period goals by Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk lifted the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks, handing the latter their seventh straight loss. The win was the Leafs first over the Canucks since 2003.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The  loss and the Dallas Stars victory over the Phoenix Coyotes also knocked the Canucks out of a playoff berth.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: David Desharnais scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens picked up their third straight win by defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty was knocked from the game after crashing into the Hurricanes net but claims he’ll be able to play for Team USA at the Sochi Olympics.

WINNIPEG SUN: Mark Scheifele’s two goals weren’t enough to prevent the Jets from falling to the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in a shootout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets picked up a point in the loss, keeping them within two points of a wild card berth entering the Olympic break.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators afternoon woes continue as they were thumped 7-2 by the Boston Bruins.

CALGARY SUN: Flyers goalie Ray Emery made 31 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers edged the Calgary Flames 2-1. Matt Stajan tallied the Flames lone goal. Earlier in the day the Flames announced the re-signing of defenseman Kris Russell to a two-year contract worth $2.6 million per season.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins believes his team is making strides in its efforts to improve its defensive game.


  1. The Canucks seem in disarray. Very unusual for a team like them to lose all 5 games of their road trip.While injuries are part of it for sure, they seem to be disorganized with little or no resilience confidence as it applies to bouncing back from adversity.

    • As a long time Canucks fan(since 1971), I told a friend before the road trip I felt the Canucks would lose all 5 games and not get a point and was right. This team is not good enough and needed to change the core 2 years ago and Gillis refused and said yesterday the team will be alright once healthy. He is in denial. The team is old and declining in skill and have locked 10 players in with long term NTC. He made a big mistake resigning the twins for 4 years and if Daniel Sedin’s recent 19 game goal scoring slump is a sign he is done, than the Canucks are in big trouble. They have drafted poorly under Gillis and have a few young players in the lineup and little on the farm. I predict they will continue to lose and miss the playoffs. Gillis is the problem and needs to go and he not well like or respected here in Vancouver. Yet the owner likes him and likely will stick with him, unless people stop going to the games, then owner will force change, but how no idea.