NHL Canadian Corner – January 26, 2014

Jets edge the Maple Leafs, Capitals humiliate the Canadiens, Senators fall to the Hurricanes, the latest on Zack Kassian and T.J. Brodie, plus the Oilers are on pace for a franchise-worse season.

Jets celebrate Dustin Byfuglien's overtime goal against the Leafs.

Jets celebrate Dustin Byfuglien’s overtime goal against the Leafs.

WINNIPEG SUN/TORONTO SUN: Dustin Byfuglien scored in overtime to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, who had battled back from a 4-2 deficit to force overtime.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs continue to play musical goalies, this time yanking James Reimer for Jonathan Bernier. They did garner a point, allowing them to move past the Montreal Canadiens in the standings.

LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens suffered a humiliating 5-0 loss at home to the Washington Capitals. Following the game the players were instructed by management to remain at their stalls to respond to the media. The players also held a meeting to talk about their recent woeful performance.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Talk is cheap. Action speaks louder than words. Apart from their 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks two weeks ago, the Habs have played without effort or passion. Their defensive play has been embarrassing. 

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators struggles in afternoon games continued, falling 6-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: With the Canucks power-play struggling Tony Gallagher calls for Zack Kassian to get a shot on their first power-play unit.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: At this point, why not? They’ve gotta do something to shake things up.

CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie has elevated his game.

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers are on pace for a franchise worse record.


  1. Well at least the Winnipeg fan’s are happy this morning. (Glad to get that off my chest…)

  2. 5 points out of 8 on a 4 game road trip out west is nothing to sneeze at, nice comeback fell a little short. Too bad about Reimer 3 or 4 soft goals absolutely no confidence when that many are finding holes and are leaking in to the net. I cant help but think the guy has to kind of be hoping for a trade, and a fresh start.

  3. Anyone else getting a little worried about team Canadas goaltending? Price pulled twice in a week Luongo, playing well but ankle issue, Smith .910 sv% 2.88 gaa behind a pretty decent defense….Not really super worried but just kind of a little bit of doubt worried? Lol

    • Definitely! I’m a Habs fan, but how can you play Price in any important game in the Olympics? He looks completely like he can meltdown in any game, so how could you risk playing him from round of 16 onwards.

      And isn’t the reason the Canucks tried to trade Luongo all of last year is because they don’t think he’s a good playoff/pressure performer, either? (Remember: he won gold in 2010, but did not play particularly well)

      Getting *quite* worried, actually!

    • YEPPER !!!!

      Being a Goaltender myself , I pay very close attention to the position ….
      Id say Canada is somewhere in the middle of the pack if they are looking for a goaltender to steal them a game if the boys upfront lay an egg …..not sure that Canada has that type of goalie that can do that in this type of competition …..wayyyyy to many deep teams, not an NHL style game or caliber play ….wayyyyy better.

      Id say that Luongo and Price were always going to be chosen but I would have taken a Marty Brodeur to have beacause of his mental toughness and he is one of the only goalies EVEN AT HIS AGE ….that can come in and steal you that one important game …Luongo , Price or Smith have huge questions about that ….Price breaks down in those types of long stretches where he needs to be good for long stretches ….and Iam still out on Luongo ….he would not be in any conversation that starts with if you could pick just one goalie to win you that one game who would it be …NOT HIM that’s for sure !!!
      Smith has done squat …sorry …a few good seasons here and there in the NHL but nothing major ….so there you have it …..if I had to take my pick on a team that will have there goalies steal them the GOLD its the Americans …QUICK will be unreal and bring it home unfortunately !!! Go Canada

      While we are on the topic of Goalies ….ive been pumping Reimers tires all year …and I would say its safe to say …that he will not get another start for a very long time …Bernier will go on a LOOOOOOONG stretch …..IMO
      Reimer has looked very fragile and it seems as if he is feeling himself that every shot is going to go in ….hes a very fragile gaolie right now …mental game is at ZERO …and this stems from the game during the HBO series 24 / 7 when he got the yank at 3-0 and gave Carlyle the eye in period 2 ….he has not been the same or treated the same since that game …his days are numbered and the clear starter is bernier from here on in ….just an FYI I am a big reamer fan but if Iam a coach …he’s in tough right now and not any where at the top of his game for mid season …too bad I wish him the best of luck !
      Nonis would be smart to through him a dud of a contract right now …LOL just to keep him in the mix ! He might take it !

      • Hey Backchecking….you can’t be much of a goalie if your evaluation of Price’s play is negative. He has been beyond stellar this year. The defensive core in front of him is another thing. They consistently break down are unable to clear rebounds or bodies. This despite Price trying vainly to keep them in most games. You should watch a game and you will see what I mean.

        • Lol ok habs fan he sucks face it they’ve blow out how many games now by weak goals. Dont make excuses for poor games