NHL Canadian Corner – March 16, 2014

Canadiens rally to down the Senators, Flames fall to the Coyotes, the Canucks to face off against Roberto Luongo, plus the latest on the Maple Leafs, Jets and Oilers.

Canadiens celebrate their stunning rally over the Senators.

Canadiens celebrate their stunning rally over the Senators.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Canadiens scored three goals in the final 3.22 of regulation, setting the stage for Francis Bouillon’s overtime winner as they edged the Ottawa Senators 5-4. The Senators complained about the officiating, particularly on the final goal as it appeared goalie Robin Lehner had frozen the puck.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A big win for the Canadiens to snap a three-game losing skid, and a heartbreaking loss for the Senators, keeping them six points out of a playoff berth.

CALGARY SUN: Undisciplined play proved costly for the Flames in a 3-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. Having rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game on goals by Curtis Glencross and Mikael Backlund, a third period power-play goal by Coyotes captain Shane Doan gave the Coyotes the win.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames have almost no chance of making the playoffs but I’ve been impressed with their hard-working style during this rebuilding season. It bodes well for further improvement next season.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks will face off today against former starting goalie Roberto Luongo.

TORONTO SUN: James Reimer is expected to be the Maple Leafs starting goalie when they face off today against the Washington Capitals.

WINNIPEG SUN: With starting goalie Ondrej Pavelec (lower-body injury) on the shelf, the Jets need backup Al Montoya to step up.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets’ fading playoff hopes depend on it.

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers are showing signs of having a solid finish to this miserable season, sporting a record of 8-4-3 in their last fifteen games.


  1. Unreal game by the Canadiens!!!! Just wow! The OT goal is really fortunate for the Canadiens, but the ref pointed at the net, then pointed to his eyes and appeared to say “I could see it” as he skated to the half circle of solitude so I guess he felt it was playable. I’ve seen that play quick whistled so many times against the Habs when it ended up being loose so I’m glad to see it work for us this time. Just because the goalie freezes himself doesn’t mean he’s covered the puck. Tim Thomas did that to the Canadiens a couple times in the playoffs the year they won the cup so it can go our way to lol.

    Sens are fading fast and proving that last year was a complete fluke, as I said on here earlier in the year and had some other poster jump down my throat about it. Last years seems were the product of over achieving mixed with horseshoe up the butt goaltending by Anderson. Happy to see them coming back down to earth. I’ll start liking them again when they fire that goof MacLean

    • Oops! Forgot to put my username in lol.

    • Disagree completely about the fluke. The issue is the loss of Alfie weighed a lot more on the Sens then people expected and they have relied heavily on a very, very young defense in Karlsson, Cowan, Gryba, Weircoch, and Ceci. Marc Methot & Chris Phillips are the only two guys on the blueline over 25.

      Ceci is a rookie, Cowan, Gryba, Weircoch are all sophmore’s with the latter two never actually playing a full season. So a lot more pressure has been put on the goalies (really because of a now surprising amount of undisciplined play). It is a stumbling block on the road to development, not proof that last year was a fluke.