Recaps of Thursday’s games featuring Canadian NHL teams, Jarome Iginla says goodbye to Calgary, and Brendan Gallagher had fun beating the Bruins on Wednesday.
CALGARY HERALD: Jarome Iginla held a press conference yesterday to thank and say farewell to the Flames organization, his teammates and the fans of Calgary. Earlier yesterday, Iginla was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for two prospects and a first round pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The harsh reality of Iginla’s departure sets in for Flames fans, while speculation now turns to Jay Bouwmeester and Miikka Kiprusoff as to which current Flames player could be the next one dealt.
TORONTO STAR/NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Toronto Maple Leafs overcame a 3-2 third period deficit with four straight goals to down the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3. The win gave the Leafs a five-point cushion over the seventh overall New Jersey Devils, while handing the slumping Hurricanes their seventh straight loss.
OTTAWA SUN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Ben Bishop made 24 saves backstopping the Ottawa Senators to a 3-0 shutout of the New York Rangers. The victory kept the Senators two points up on the sixth-place Toronto Maple Leafs.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE/DENVER POST: Cory Schneider made 32 saves and the Sedin Twins each scored a goal as the Vancouver Canucks downed the Minnesota Wild 4-1. The win vaults the Canucks over the Minnesota Wild into first in the Northwest Division as the two clubs continue to jockey for the top spot.
EDMONTON JOURNAL/COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Edmonton Oilers rallied from a 4-3 deficit with three straight third period goals to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-4. The Oilers and Blue Jackets are now in a four-way tie with Dallas and Phoenix, sitting three points out of eighth overall in the Western Conference.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens rookie Brendan Gallagher, who scored the game-winning goal in the Canadiens 6-5 comeback win over the Boston Bruins, proclaimed that game was one of the “funnest” he’s ever played.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The kid is one of many pleasant surprises for the Habs this season.