NHL Canadian Corner – March 13, 2014

Canucks get a costly win over the Jets, Canadiens hammered by the Bruins, Flames upset the Ducks, plus updates on Jonathan Bernier, Sam Gagner and more.

Ryan Kesler collapses following a knee-on-knee hit from Jim Slater.

Ryan Kesler collapses following a knee-on-knee hit from Jim Slater.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE/WINNIPEG SUN: Alex Burrows finally scored his first goal of the season as the Canucks edged the Jets in a shootout 3-2, handing the latter their fifth straight loss. It was a costly win for the Canucks, as Ryan Kesler was forced from the game following a knee-on-knee hit from Jets center Jim Slater.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Slater could face supplemental discipline for the hit, while the Canucks await word on the severity of Kesler’s injury.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: A four-goal second period outburst was all the Boston Bruins required to hand the Canadiens a 4-1 loss. David Desharnais tallied the Habs only goal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Habs fans await the return of goalie Carey Price, the Canadiens are still struggling offensively despite the addition of Thomas Vanek, who has yet to score since he was acquired at the trade deadline.

CALGARY HERALD:  A quick 4-0 lead carried the Flames to a 7-2 romp over the mighty Anaheim Ducks. Mikael Backlund led the way with two goals and an assist.

TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier returns to Los Angeles to face off against the Kings for the first time since they dealt him to Toronto last summer.

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers center Sam Gagner (ankle) could miss tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators’ playoff hopes rest on the shoulders of goalies Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner.


  1. Slater should be suspended, in fact Anyone who commits a knee on knee hit should be given an automatic misconduct, thrown out of the game and be automatically reviewed by the league. he turned his skate so, yeah it was intentional. this is a play that needs to be eliminated as it’s right up there with a blindside hit.

    • Did you even see the hit? If anyone stuck out their knee to initiate contact, it was Kesler.

      • yeah i did although i’m not sure you did. Kesler tags up at the line, the puck bounces off the boards between the 2 of them, Slater swings at the puck and misses it leaving Kesler with a path to the goal so Slater leans in while Kesler is heading towards the puck (and net) and vulnerable initiating the knee on knee contact. it was a cheap shot and should be a suspension. to repeat in simple terms Kesler was leaning AWAY from Slater who changed direction to initiate contact.

        • homer glasses

  2. Wow when it rains it pours in Vancouver.