NHL Canadian Corner- January 30, 2013.

Recaps of Tuesday’s games between the Senators-Capitals, Canadiens-Jets and Maple Leafs-Sabres, plus the latest on the Flames, Oilers and Canucks.

Sergei Gonchar celebrates his game-winning goal over the Capitals.

Sergei Gonchar celebrates his game-winning goal over the Capitals.

OTTAWA SUN/WASHINGTON POST: The Ottawa Senators overcome a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Washington Capitals 3-2. Milan Michalek and Sergei Gonchar scored the game-tying and winning goals respectively, and goaltender Craig Anderson made 31 saves for the win. Troy Brouwer and Matt Hendricks tallied for the Capitals, dropping their record to 1-4-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators keep chugging along, silencing the critics who thought opponents would be better prepared for the Sens this season. The Capitals, meanwhile,  continue to struggle under new head coach Adam Oates. Washington superstar Alexander Ovechkin was held off the scoresheet in this one. If the Capitals to snap out of their early season fun, they need Ovechkin to find the back of the net more often.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/WINNIPEG SUN: The Montreal Canadiens squandered a two-goal lead, then overcame a one-goal deficit to nip the Winnipeg Jets 4-3. Habs rookies Brendan Gallagher (1G, 1A) and Alexander Galchenyuk (two assists) continue to impress. Nik Antropov and Olli Jokinen got their first goals of the season in a losing cause for the Jets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen how Gallagher and Galchenyuk perform over the course of this season, but so far they’re justifying the club’s faith in them.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL/THE BUFFALO NEWS: Matt Frattin scored with two seconds remaining in overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The game-winner was Frattin’s second of the game. Jay McClement and Cody Franson potted their first goals of the season for the Leafs, while James Reimer made 29 saves for the win. Jason Pominville, Andrej Sekera and Mikhail Grigorenko scored for the Sabres.

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers defenseman Justin Shultz could qualify for rookie of the year honors in the NHL and AHL this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’ll face stiffer competition in the NHL, where Tampa Bay’s Cory Conacher, St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko, Montreal’s Alex Galchenyk and Brendan Gallagher, and Boston’s Dougie Hamilton could give Schultz a run for his money. Still, it would be quite the achievement if he were able to win that honor in both leagues.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford reports the Canucks slow start to this season isn’t as bad as in previous years.

CALGARY HERALD: A leg injury has sidelined Flames rookie Sven Baertschi.


  1. Why is Ovechkin still considered a superstar, when 25 yr old Kessel is only a secondary scoring option according to Damien Cox?

  2. Oh, did Ovechkin play last night? It was hard to tell.
    The announcer kept referring to him as the Great Eight but he looked more like the Lazy Eight during last night’s game.

  3. @ Captian Ahab …& BEER GOGGLES

    I was at the leaf game last night in Buffalo ….all I can say is Kessel is the laziest player I ve ever seen…..never in any play unless the puck is delivered to him by a pizza delivery service !!!

    This guy is not worth resigning and not worth $6 plus million I dont care what hes done in the past ….all I know from when I played junior hockey they told me if I wanted to play in the big leagues …..

    ” it was all about what have you done for me lately ”
    ” and your only as good as your last game”

    Kessel is becoming a MAJOR Issue to this years success and the style of play they are looking for ….he was no where to be found and didn’t break a sweat last night and I had good enough seats to tell !!

    Hes got to go !!! SORRY !!
    Leafs need a skater and a puck mover and person that plays all areas of the ice even the corners and infront of the net …..something you would figure a TOP ELITE GOAL SCORER WOULD DO ???
    Not saying this to hate on him …..just the plain ole truth !!
    Almost anything else would do better ….Id like to give Hamilton a shot from the Marlies for a month in that position and you would see a whole new Leaf team playing a good solid game !!

    • We have beat this one to death. Yes I agree with you about his work ethic or style of play cruising around the outside along the boards (in the safe zone) where there is no physical contact or tough play. Last year he turned the corner for a while and started charging the net. Let’s see if he changes up his game once again and realizes that he needs to get to the net to score goals. Give him a few more games to let it sink in.