The Senators win the latest round in the “Battle of Ontario”…Oilers’ Taylor Hall cut in pre-game warmup…Canucks fall to Kings…New Hab Rene Bourque to keep his head up against Capitals…Jets struggling in back-to-back games…Sharks snuff out Flames.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Craig Anderson kicked out 37 shots backstopping the Senators to a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs find themselves looking up at the Senators in the standings thanks to ” their ninth loss in 14 divisional games to an Ottawa team that has seemed to come back from the dead.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators have indeed risen from the dead, but masking that victory over the Leafs is the fact the Sens were out-played for long stretches of this game, and if not for Anderson’s brilliance in goal, the outcome might’ve been very different. Senators GM Bryan Murray recently said he’s happy with his defense and it’s believed he could add another top-six forward near the trade deadline. I think this game highlighted the need for another scorer for the Senators, but also to tighten up their defensive play.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers forward Taylor Hall was cut for thirty stitches to his forehead in a pre-game warmup collision with a teammate, knocking him out of their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, which the Oilers lost 4-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been that kind of season for the Oilers, who could well find themselves in line for another lottery pick at this pace.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks turned in a flat performance against the LA Kings, losing to the Kings 3-2.
LA PRESSE: New Montreal Canadiens forward Rene Bourque will need to keep his head up for potential retribution tonight from the Washington Capitals. While with the Calgary Flames, Bourque received a five-game suspension for a blatant head shot on Capitals star center Nicklas Backstrom on January 11th. Backstrom remains on IR with a concussion.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is one of the reasons why I wasn’t impressed with the Canadiens getting Bourque as part of the return in last week’s trade with the Calgary Flames. Not only is he an inconsistent scorer, he’s also undisciplined, and if he doesn’t improve that aspect of his game, it’ll prove costly for the Canadiens.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets continue to struggle in back-t0-back games this season, falling 5-1 to the New Jersey Devils only one day after shutting out the Ottawa Senators.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames fell 2-1 in a shootout to the San Jose Sharks.