The Jets down the Capitals, the Canadiens beat the Panthers, the Sharks bite the Oilers, plus the latest on the Canucks, Maple Leafs, Senators and Flames.
WINNIPEG SUN/WASHINGTON POST: Evander Kane scored and set up another and Ondrej Pavelec made 32 saves as the Winnipeg Jets doubled up the struggling Washington Capitals 4-2, dropping the latter’s record to 0-2 for the first time since 1996-97.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Markov’s performance should soothe those fans nervous over how the injury-plagued blueliner would fare this season. He saw plenty of playing time over in the KHL, which should prove beneficial over the course of this intense 48-game schedule.
MERCURYNEWS.COM/EDMONTON JOURNAL: The San Jose Sharks spoiled the Edmonton Oilers home opener, scoring six goals in the first period to cruise to a 6-3 victory. Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture each scored twice, while Joe Thornton collected three assists. Rookies Justin Schultz and Nail Yakupov, along with Taylor Hall, tallied for the Oilers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like those “Luongo-to-Edmonton” rumors could grind back to life. It was a bad game for Dubnyk, but I expect Oilers management will remain patient with him as their starter.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Cory Schneider gets the nod in goal for the Canucks as they face off against the Calgary Flames.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Vancouver pundits are freaking out because GM Mike Gillis hasn’t moved Roberto Luongo yet, claiming this creates a difficult situation for Luongo and Schneider sharing the goaltending duties. If there were any issue between the two, I believe Gillis would’ve moved Luongo by now. “Bobby Lu” has been the consummate teammate while awaiting a trade, not kicking up a fuss over being relegated to backing up Schneider. Again, it appears the only people having “issues” over this situation are the Vancouver media.
TORONTO STAR/TORONTO SUN: The legendary Wayne Gretzky was reportedly approached about being part of an American bid for the minority shares of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, but his camp says there’s been no formal offer made. Meanwhile, Leafs center Tyler Bozak denied reports he was in contract extension talks with the Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The only question I’d have about Gretzky becoming president of the Maple Leafs is whether he’d take an active role in running the team or would be a mere figurehead.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators center Kyle Turris is off to a fast start, scoring nearly half the club’s goals in its first two games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could be the long-awaited “breakout season” for Turris, who showed considerable improvement after joining the Senators from Phoenix midway through last season.
CALGARY SUN: Calgary Flames legend Lanny McDonald dropped by the Flames dressing room yesterday to give the current roster a pep talk.