Maple Leafs win their fifth straight, Flames fall to the Sharks, Canucks coach Tortorella suspended, Oilers owner writes an open letter to the team’s fans, Jets seek a statement win, Rene Bourque struggling to score, and Senators owner still seeks punishment for Matt Cooke.
TORONTO SUN: Jonathan Bernier made 39 saves while Nazem Kadri, Phil Kessel and Jake Gardiner enjoyed two-point nights as the Maple Leafs doubled up the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 for their fifth straight win.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: All aboard the bandwagon, fair-weather Leafs fans! Though the Leafs are still getting out-shot by large margins, they’ve got their offense working again, which in turn is silencing the calls for management to shake up the roster with trades.
CALGARY HERALD: Joe Pavelski scored twice as the San Jose Sharks downed the Flames 3-2, leaving the latter with only two wins in their last 13 games.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks coach John Tortorella has been suspended 15 days (including six games) for his fiery first-intermission fracas outside the Flames dressing room on Saturday. Flames coach Bob Hartley was fined $25,000 for his role in sparking the melee at the opening faceoff which prompted Tortorella’s reaction.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like the league is sending a strong message to its coaches to prevent further incidents like this in future.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers owner Daryl Katz has penned an open letter to the team’s fans apologizing for the club’s struggles this seasonwhile pleading with them to remain patient going forward.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Katz’s letter sparked largely negative reaction from Oilers fans and Edmonton pundits. After eight seasons of watching their club become a laughingstock, Oilers supporters seem to be running out of patience. They won’t abandon the team, but they’re clearly frustrated over the lack of direction and the “old boys network” in the front office. It remains to be seen if the ongoing struggles eventually hurt the Oilers at the gate.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are seeking a “statement win” when they face off tonight against the league-leading Anaheim Ducks.
LA PRESSE: Canadiens winger Rene Bourque is struggling to snap out of his scoring slump.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk continues to push for Minnesota Wild winger Matt Cooke to be disciplined for what Melnyk considers Cooke’s deliberate injuring of Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson last season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Melnyk continues to embarrass himself pursuing Cooke. He’s become hockey’s version of Captain Ahab, and Cooke is his white whale.