NHL Canadian Corner – January 26, 2013.

Recaps of Friday’s games involving the Jets, Canucks and Senators, plus the latest on Brandon Prust, Sven Baertschi, Jake Gardiner and more.

Dustin Byfuglien jockeys with Sidney Crosby.

Dustin Byfuglien (L) jostles with Sidney Crosby.

WINNIPEG SUN/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The Winnipeg Jets overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2. The Jets got goals from Evander Kane, Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler, while Sidney Crosby had both goals for the Penguins. Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec kicked out 32 shots for the victory.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE/ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Cory Schneider made 30 saves as the Vancouver Canucks atoned for their 7-3 home-opening loss to the Anaheim Ducks last Saturday with a 5-0 blanking of the Ducks in Anaheim. Mason Raymond scored twice while Henrik Sedin chipped in a goal and assist in the Canucks victory.

TAMPA TRIBUNE/OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Ottawa Senators blew two 2-goal leads to fall to the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-4. Ryan Malone led the way for the Lightning with 2 goals, while teammate Steven Stamkos had a three point game (1 G 2 A).  Martin St. Louis and rookie Cory Conacher each picked up two assists. Kyle Turris had a goal and assist, while Daniel Alfredsson and Sergei Gonchar each had two assists for the Senators.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: New Canadiens forward Brandon Prust is gaining fans in Montreal with his physical style of play.

CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak believes Flames coach Bob Hartley is making a mistake by scratching promising Flames forward Sven Baertschi for tonight’s “Battle of Alberta” against the Edmonton Oilers.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers are preparing for their first tilt this season against the Calgary Flames.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs have sent defenseman Jake Gardiner to their AHL affiliate to “rediscover his game” after having missed some time to a concussion suffered during the lockout.


  1. There seems to be a season opening home game jinx going on around the NHL this year. With about 2/3 of first home games going to the opposition and none was more evident than in last night’s Anaheim/Vancouver clash. The team that walked into the Canucks building for their season opener looked like anything but the Mighty Ducks that shell shocked the home team, lit up Cory Schneider and caused the coach to send in Roberto Luongo just a few short days ago.
    Is it the pressure of that first after lockout game in front of exuberant home town fans? It has me scratching my head but where was the team that dominated the Canucks or was it just that the Vancouver squad was not prepared to play that first game?
    I admit the Canucks looked good and Cory Schneider showed why he was picked to be the number one goalie but it seemed that no matter what the Ducks tried to do Vancouver was able to answer. It got so frustrating for some Duck players that they started taking stupid penalties and Vancouver made them pay.
    Kassian continued to impress, Volpati has stepped up his game and the way he was flying last night maybe Mason Raymond has found his. If Vancouver continues to improve they will once again be challenging for the President’s trophy and looking to make amends for last years early playoff exit.

  2. It’s the home town “Pre-Game Awards Celebration” curse, it should even be printed on your ticket as “P-GAC”. From “Silver Stick” awards and Community involvement acheivements to “I’m Sorry For the Lock-out appologies”, these little minor interuptions of hockey player game routines have become a night-mare for the home team. For some un-known reason, the visiting team can just relax and watch the festivities and still be focused, while the home team comes out flat every time, and it’s not just for 1 period, usually the whole game. Very frustrating for a home fan. Check your game events and just stay home on those nights, once you pay for parking and such for watching the loss, you’d wish you would have given your tickets away, stayed home and bet on the visiting team.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more. These sometimes stupid per-game ceremonies, or wasting of time, in reality do nothing for the fans and cause the just warmed up and probably quite pumped up home teams to get both cooled and calmed down.
      Certain ceremonies should be held between periods so that the teams are not affected and any fans that want to watch have that option. I know that will not happen but it would be nice if it did.

  3. if Volpatti and Kassian stay healthy opposing players will be less likely to try and push the Canucks around as Volpatti acquitted himself well in his fight last night (ended up an assist short of a Gordie Howe hat-trick) and Kassian concussed Ben Eager when they fought earlier in the week. Perry on the other hand lost control of his emotions and took a couple of stupid penalties that didn’t help Anaheim.