NHL Canadian Corner – January 28, 2013.

Recaps of the Devils-Canadiens, Jets-Islanders, Penguins-Senators and Canucks-Sharks games, plus updates on Jarome Iginla, James van Riemsdyk and more.

Andrei Markov celebrates OT winner over the New Jersey Devils.

Andrei Markov celebrates OT winner over the New Jersey Devils.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/NORTHJERSEY.COM: Andrei Markov scored the winner in overtime as the Montreal Canadiens nipped the New Jersey Devils 4-3. The Devils had rallied from two 2-goal deficits to force overtime. Ryan White, Brandon Prust and rookie Brendan Gallagher also scored for the Habs, while Patrik Elias factored in all three Devils goals with a goal a two assists.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After dropping their home-opener the Canadiens have won three straight, with Markov a significant factor in those victories. He’s been a solid presence for the Habs at both ends of the ice.

WINNIPEG SUN/NEWSDAY: Evander Kane scored in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets overcame a 4-2 deficit to edge the NY Islanders 5-4. Jets forwards Alexei Ponikarovsky, Bryan Little and Alex Burmistrov got their first goals of the season. John Tavares had three points (1 G, 2A) in a losing cause for the Isles.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After dropping their first two games, the Jets have won three straight.

MERCURYNEWS/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Two early first period goals by Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski gave the San Jose Sharks a lead they never relinquished, downing the Vancouver Canucks 4-1. Patrick Marleau also scored, but his streak of consecutive multi-goal games was ended at four. Pavelski would score again in the third period. Alex Burrows tallied the Canucks only goal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Inconsistency has dogged the Canucks early in this season. They had the benefit of a day off between games, while the Sharks had played (and beaten) the Colorado Avalanche the game prior.

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW/OTTAWA SUN: Craig Anderson made 33 saves in regulation and overtime, but Evgeni Malkin beat him in the shootout as the Pittsburgh Penguins downed the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in a shootout. Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves for the win. James Neal of the Penguins and Colin Greening of the Senators netted the only goals in regulation.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After winning their first three games, the Senators are now winless in their last two.

CALGARY SUN: Flames captain Jarome Iginla has been playing well despite his goalless start.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla has always been a slow starter offensively, but he’ll have to find a way to kick it in gear a little earlier in this shortened season for the Flames to have a shot at a playoff berth.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk has no problem with playing on the club’s second line.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers remain a work in progress, struggling at even strength and getting out-worked in their own end.

2 Comments

  1. there were actually some positives out of the Canucks game last night, first of all several Canucks responded to the physical challenge from the Sharks (what’s up with Clowe’s ‘roid rage? the NHL needs to test him immediately) with Kassian, Volpatti, and Bieksa not only playing physical but fighting (if Weise doesn’t start doing more than just skating around then he should be waived as there has to be somebody on the farm willing to do what he’s apparently not). secondly the Canucks were providing a lot more offence than the final score would indicate as they hit 5 posts! (can’t remember the last time i saw a team hit that many posts in a game). aside from the brain cramps from Edler, Garrison, and LaPierre (which all led to goals) the Canucks played pretty well defensively and Schneider had another decent outing.

  2. Galchenyuk & Gallagher. Will be staying in Montreal for the rest of the season. But will be well shadowed.Gallagher will be living with Gorges and Galchenyuk will be placed in a family.To keep them away from the temptations of the city and not repeat the mistakes from the past with young players That partyed a bit too much.