NHL Canadian Corner – March 1, 2013.

Recaps of the last games of February 2013 involving Canadian NHL teams, and the latest on Michael Ryder.

Nazem Kadri celebrates one of his 3 goals against the Islanders.

Nazem Kadri celebrates one of his 3 goals against the Islanders.

TORONTO SUN/NEWSDAY: Nazem Kadri got his first NHL hat trick and Dion Phaneuf scored in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the New York Islanders 5-4. The loss gives the Islanders a home record of 2-9-1.

DENVER POST/CALGARY HERALD: First, the Colorado Avalanche blocked the Calgary Flames attempt to sign Ryan O’Reilly to an offer sheet by matching it, then the Avalanche rallied back from 3-0 and 4-2 deficits to beat the Flames 5-4 in overtime.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: February 28, 2013, could go down in Flames history as the moment when ownership and management finally faced up to reality that their team just isn’t very good, and must be rebuilt. They failed to land O’Reilly, and one has to think Jarome Iginla could be giving some serious thought about his future in Calgary.

BOSTON GLOBE/OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Boston Bruins snapped the Ottawa Senators five-game winning streak, as Patrice Bergeron scored in overtime to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory. It was the Bruins fifth straight win.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tough loss for the injury-ravaged Senators, but they still earned a point against a very tough opponent, and remain very much in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff standings. 

WINNIPEG SUN/NORTHJERSEY.COM: Andrew Ladd scored twice to carry the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-1 win over the slumping New Jersey Devils, who’ve won only twice in their last eight games.

EDMONTON JOURNAL/DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Edmonton Oilers got their first win in Dallas since December 8, 2006, beating the Stars 5-1. Ales Hemsky led the way with a goal and two assists, while Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves for the win.

LA PRESSE: A matured, experienced Michael Ryder is rejoining the Montreal Canadiens.

1 Comment

  1. @CaptianAhab

    Well we got our wish Carlyle played Franson and Frazer 18 and 19min last night and they both ended up a minus one and were on the ice for a lot of mistakes that cost the Leafs goals. I would like to see Carlyle continue to give them this work load because they aren’t use to the bigger minutes so they were probably a little more winded then usual. I noticed they gambled a lot more then usual too. Dion was a plus two and played 24 min which is also an improvment.

    The next step is to break up the Kessel/ Bozak love affair. These guys are not good for each other because their games are to similar. Neither guy can grind, play the corners, hit, or go to the net. They both play a softer game mostly to the perimeter so it’s time to find new line mates for these two guys. Bozak will be fine if he is asked to take over Grabovski’s checking role and for $5+ million dollars per year Grabo should be playing top line minutes and being asked to play a more offensive role. If Grabo and Kessel are together Grabo can still play a two way game and teach Phil how it’s done. I know Carlyle won’t break up Boz and Kessel especially with Lupul so close to coming back. It’s to bad so we have to suffer through watching these two guys play a soft game for the forseeable future.