NHL Canadian Corner – January 22, 2013.

Scores and highlights from yesterday’s game involving Canadian teams, plus the latest on the Canucks, Oilers and Canadiens.

Craig Anderson posted a shutout in Senators home opener.

Craig Anderson posted a shutout in Senators home opener.

OTTAWA SUN/MIAMI HERALD: Center Kyle Turris scored twice and goaltender Craig Anderson made 31 saves as the Ottawa Senators made their home-opener a memorable one by blanking the Florida Panthers 4-0. Senators rookie Jakob Silfverberg scored his first NHL goal.

TORONTO STAR/BUFFALO NEWS: Ryan Miller made 34 saves as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1. Cody Hodgson and Jason Pominville scored for the Sabres, while Nazem Kadri tallied the Leafs lone goal.

WINNIPEG SUN/BOSTON GLOBE: The Winnipeg Jets’ road woes continue, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Boston Bruins in a shootout. Chris Thorburn had the lone goal for the Jets.

CALGARY SUN/ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Calgary Flames lost their home-opener, falling 5-4 to the Anaheim Ducks. Ryan Getzlaf and Daniel Winnik each scored twice for the Ducks, while Curtis Glencross tallied twice for the Flames.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oft-injured Oilers veteran winger Ales Hemsky is feeling much healthier these days and hopes to continue his strong opening-day performance throughout this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With all the focus upon the Oilers young guns, there’s less pressure upon Hemsky this season compared to recent years, when he was expected to carry the offensive load. If he stays healthy and regains his scoring touch, he’ll make the Oilers second line far more dangerous.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Brandon Prust is settling into his role as the club’s new enforcer.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks have placed defenseman Jim Vandermeer on waivers.


  1. Colton Orr, not my favourite player, goes toe to toe with a much bigger man and landing a solid punch drops the combatant to the ice. That takes a lot of power as well as a lot of intestinal fortitude, especially as was pointed out between periods by Nick Kypreos, one ill advised blow to the head to the already concussed Orr could end his career or even God forbid, his life.
    The game itself showed once again that Kadri could be set to have a break out or actually a break in year. He looked dangerous all night and could easily have scored one or two more.
    The downside was when the Leafs were handed close to two full minutes of a 5 on 3 power play and while moving the puck well didn’t score, which gave the Sabres extra confidence, as if they needed more, in Miller. With Buffalo’s new be the hammer not the nail attitude and with Miller in goal they will be tough to play against and to beat this year.

    • Watched the game and my impression was that Scott went down from landing a glancing blow to Orr’s face – also it was at the tail end of the fight. I like the “new look” Sabres, but I also like these Leafs and I think both clubs are going to improve in such a way that they can win every night or at least fan expectations of 125% effort will be met.

  2. With Vandermeer going to the minors I hope that Schroeder gets called up and has a chance to show that he can play with the Canucks. Previously it has been almost impossible for him to take a spot on the team because of who he would have to replace but given the injuries and obvious need for offense from the 2nd, 3rd and 4th lines he may finally get his opportunity.

  3. Great home opener for the Sens! The team was firing on all cylinders. And free beer to boot!

  4. While the Maple Leafs out shot the Sabres by a wide margin, the powerplay was again, like last year, their Achilles heel. The Leafs WILL NOT block the goaltenders view AFTER THE PUCK HAS BEEN SHOT.They appear fearful of getting hit by the puck.Their static positioning is lame and against a guy like Miller, you have to obstruct his view otherwise he’ll beat you every time. He was their PK last night.

    Orr, Kadri & Mark Fraser had decent games. Not sure that Holzer guy is ready for prime time just yet but it was his first game so he’ll get another chance I”m sure. Penguins on Wednesday and I”m thinking Reimer is about due for a road game start.

    • I agree with you about the lackluster power play. When you have Kessel who will not engage and while being a threat to score remains on the outside you need someone in the dirty area to knock in rebounds or dig after the puck. I wonder why Carlyle doesn’t put Orr in front of the net to block the goalies vision, fight for loose pucks and dig out rebounds?
      Agree again that Miller was the PK.

      • Hell of an idea about Colton Orr and the front of the net. What an imposing presence he would make. Damn, we got to contact Carlyle about that idea,