Recaps of Wednesday’s Senators-Canadiens, Canucks-Avalanche and Oilers-Coyotes games, plus updates on Olli Jokinen, Mike Komisarek and Chris Butler.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/LA PRESSE: Goals by Daniel Alfredsson, Mika Zibanejad and Chris Phillips in just over three minutes in the second period broke a 1-1 tie and carried the Ottawa Senators to a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Senators goalie Craig Anderson made 31 saves for the victory. Tomas Plekanec got the sole Habs goal. The Senators won the game without Jason Spezza and Sergei Gonchar, who are sidelined by injuries. Spezza’s back injury has led to speculation its seriousness.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A double-minor by Habs agitator Ryan White was the game’s turning point, resulting in the power-play goals by Alfredsson and Zibanejad.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE/DENVER POST: In his second straight start,Roberto Luongo picked up a shutout, backstopping the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Winger Zach Kassian got his team-leading fifth goal in the victory.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve heard it suggested the Canucks are “showcasing” Luongo for a trade, but I believe coach Alain Vigneault is sticking with the goaltender with the hot hand. Right now, that’s Luongo, though his play won’t hurt his trade value.
EDMONTON JOURNAL/ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Rookie Nail Yakupov potted the overtime winner as the Edmonton Oilers nipped the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1. Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris disputed the goal, believing it was directed by a hand pass. Morris wound up slugging Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney as the Oilers celebrated the game-ending goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At least it wasn’t anything to do with Yakupov’s goal-scoring celebration, which was quite tame compared to his exuberant one last week against the LA Kings.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets forward Olli Jokinen is regaining his legs and scoring touch following the long NHL lockout.
TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek needed a minor stitch in his eyeball after graphite from a stick he broke in practice flew into his eye.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’s lucky, the injury could have been much worse. Should serve as a reminder to players not to take out their frustrations on their sticks.
CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman Chris Butler is returning to the lineup after being a healthy scratch in the club’s previous game.