The Canucks beat the Flames in a brawl-filled game, Leafs down the Canadiens, Jets edged the Oilers, and the Senators fall to the Rangers.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE/CALGARY SUN: The Canucks defeated the Flames in a shootout 3-2 in a game marred by a line brawl only two seconds into the first period. Canucks coach John Tortorella has a hearing schedule with the league on Monday over his actions near the Flames dressing room during the first intermission.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I suspect Tortorella will face a suspension for his actions.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That should ease the pressure upon Leafs management from those denizens of “Leafs Nations” calling for a significant roster shakeup or a coaching change, for the time being anyway.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s the third straight win for the Jets under new coach Paul Maurice, which should be a significant confidence boost. Still, let’s see how the Jets do against tougher competition before we start predicting a second-half turnaround in their fortunes.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The New York Rangers scored three unanswered goals on route to a 4-1 win over the Senators.