Roundup of Saturday’s action among five of Canada’s seven NHL teams, plus updates on the Flames and Oilers.
TORONTO SUN/LA PRESSE: The Toronto Maple Leafs nipped the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in a rather listless affair between the two clubs. Phil Kessel assisted on goals by Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak, while Brian Gionta replied for the Habs.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks were bombed in their home opener 7-3 by the visiting Anaheim Ducks. Starting goalie Cory Schneider got the hook after giving up five goals on fourteen shots, while Roberto Luongo gave up 2 on twelve shots.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wasn’t expecting much from the Leafs-Habs game, but I was surprised by how poorly the Canucks played against the Ducks. Looking for a “bounce-back” effort against the Oilers later today.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Erik Karlsson had a three-point game (1 goal, two assists) to lead the Senators to a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets, who received shaky goaltending from Ondrej Pavelec.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pavelec gave up a couple of softies in this one, but to be fair, he didn’t get much help from his defense, which gave up 37 shots.
CALGARY SUN: Jiri Hudler, who is still grieving the sudden death of his father, is not expected to dress for the Flames game today against the San Jose Sharks
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers rookie Justin Schultz doesn’t expect a warm welcome when his club tangles with the Canucks in Vancouver today. Schultz spurned the Canucks in favor of signing with the Oilers.