NHL Canadian Corner – January 3, 2014

Canadiens dim the Stars, Senators edge the Jets, Sharks bite the Oilers, plus the latest on Bobby Ryan, Ryan Kesler, Joffrey Lupul and Dennis Wideman.

P.K. Subban celebrates a goal against the Dallas Stars.

P.K. Subban celebrates a goal against the Dallas Stars.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban enjoyed four-point performances as the Canadiens downed the Dallas Stars 6-4 to end their six-game road trip 3-2-1.

OTTAWA SUN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Craig Anderson made 33 saves backstopping the Senators to a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets, whose coach refused to pin the loss on backup Al Montoya. Senators winger Bobby Ryan, meanwhile, wasn’t pleased by Team USA executive Brian Burke’s questioning his intensity. Ryan was passed over for selection for the American Men’s Olympic hockey team.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ryan claims he’ll use Burke’s comments as motivation to improve his play. Burke may have done Ryan a favor.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers fell 5-1 to the San Jose Sharks.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford claims Canucks center Ryan Kesler wasn’t a lock to make Team USA.

TORONTO STAR: Joffrey Lupul faces an disciplinary hearing via phone with NHL headquarters today for his cross check on Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves during the 2014 Winter Classic. Lupul was suspended for two games last season for hitting Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman in the head.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The most Lupul can receive via a phone hearing is five games. He should learn his fate today.

CALGARY HERALD: Defenseman Dennis Wideman has returned to the Flames lineup after being sidelined by a broken hand.


  1. Lowly Oilers…..I don’t know if I should laugh or deeply feel sorry for a team who drafted so high the last 4-5 years yet suck so bad. All their high draft picks looked like 4th liners last night….Bad bad scene there. I bet a lot of players drafted after RNH, Yak’s, Maybe even Hall will be more successful.

  2. Found it interesting that Tyler Kennedy and Brad Stuart were in the press box for last night’s game against Edmonton. While I agree that the Sharks need a big win to make a statement, I don’t think doing it against the 2nd weakest team in the league is that big a deal. I still think SJ will make an unexpected trade that no one will see coming in order to shake up the team and replace the scoring of Hertl and physical play of Torres.