NHL Canadian Corner – January 2, 2014

The Maple Leafs beat the Red Wings in the 2014 Winter Classic, the Canucks fall to the Lightning, the latest on Ryan Kesler, Blake Wheeler, Max Pacioretty, Bobby Ryan and Taylor Hall, plus an update on the Flames.

Tyler Bozak is greeted by his teammates after scoring the winning goal in the 2014 Winter Classic.

Tyler Bozak is greeted by his teammates after scoring the winning goal in the 2014 Winter Classic.

TORONTO STAR: The Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 at the 2014 Winter Classic. Tyler Bozak scored the game-winning goal in a shootout while Jonathan Bernier made 41 saves.

TORONTO SUN: Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul could face supplemental discipline for his hit on Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was a very entertaining Winter Classic regardless of which club you cheered for.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks opened 2014 with a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brad Richardson and Zac Dalpe scored for the Canucks. Ryan Kesler received some good news, as he was selected to the USA Men’s Olympic hockey team.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets forward Blake Wheeler was also selected for Team USA at the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty also made the cut for Team USA.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators winger Bobby Ryan, who played for Team USA at the 2010 Olympics, failed to make the cut for 2014.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ryan’s omission raised eyebrows and prompted reaction from pundits and fans on Twitter.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Taylor Hall’s performance has improved in recent weeks but he doubts it’ll be enough to land him a spot on Team Canada.

CALGARY HERALD: The frustrated Flames have dropped to 26th overall offensively in the NHL.


  1. Solid game by Bernier and Bozak.
    Now if Bozak can only keep this pace up for the next four and a half years he will actually earn his money. I am assuming his abdominal injury has been hampering him in the face off dot since the post season last year and it’s finally gotten better since he’s been on a tear for two games in the dot. Be interesting to see if he can keep this nagging injury at bay.

  2. Leafs fans need to back off Bozak. It is not HIS fault that he got the contract that he got or that he is playing as a #1 centre. The kid actually plays his best and isn’t doing too bad all things considering (and that is not just this last two games.) If he can keep up even scoring a point every two games and keeps his faceoff dot improvement then he will help get the Leafs back to their early season victories and they will be further boosted whenever Bolland gets backs.

    • I was giving props to Bozak and an excuses for his poor faceoff performance since last years post season. That wasn’t easy for me to do when it comes to Boz. Geesh

      • That actually wasn’t referred to you Leafs24/7 apologies if you thought it was.

  3. Time for some props to Tampa Bay. The Canucks had been playing some really solid hockey into the Christmas break and TB were the better team last night – all this without Steven Stamkos. They deserve a lot of credit.