NHL Canadian Corner – March 2, 2014

Canadiens edge the Maple Leafs, Flames burn the Oilers, Jets defeat the Predators, and the Canucks and Senators prepare for today’s Heritage Classic game in Vancouver.

The Canadiens celebrate Max Pacioretty's overtime goal against the Maple Leafs.

The Canadiens celebrate Max Pacioretty’s overtime goal against the Maple Leafs.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/TORONTO SUN: Max Pacioretty’s overtime power-play goal lifted the Canadiens to a 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a game dominated by dullness enlivened by occasional bursts of excitement. Definitely not one of the more memorable games in the long rivalry between these two teams.

CALGARY SUN/EDMONTON JOURNAL: Sean Monahan’s two goals carried the Flames to a 2-1 victory over the Oilers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If you’re a Flames fan, you’ve seen the future, and his name is Sean Monahan. This kid will be the Flames franchise player very soon. Only Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon has more rookie goals this season.

WINNIPEG SUN: Ondrej Pavelec made 39 saves carrying the Jets to a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets are ohsoclose to a playoff berth right now. They’re tied with Dallas and Vancouver in points (66) but remain outside the playoff picture as the Stars have two games in hand.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: In a surprising move, the Canucks will start backup Eddie Lack over Roberto Luongo in today’s Heritage Classic game against the Senators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I understand coach John Tortorella’s wish to go with the hot hand in goal, but this has created an unnecessary distraction leading up to the game. Even if the Canucks win, sitting Luongo for this game will overshadow it.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Craig Anderson will start in goal for the Senators in today’s Heritage Classic, while defenseman Jared Cowen will be a healthy scratch.


  1. Habs leafs was maybe one of the worst ref games of the year not just from a Leaf fans point of view it was both ways were some bad/missed calls not to mention Im not sure how many times a ref was in the way or obstructing the play or the puck. That crew looked like keystone cops out there last night. It was Bush league

    • And I like PK hes probably one of my favorite players but, one of these days he is going to do that jersey tug on a goal and later go back in the corner for a puck and get filled in to the boards. Im not trying to be a Don Cherry, I like good celebrations and am all for a little hot dogging but the rubbing it in thing is going to bite him at some point.

      • Subban’s a very good player who’s undoubtably going to continue to improve however it appears he also needs to mature a bit. It’s a junior league move and the NHL’s a man’s league. A hot dog usually get what he deserves…

        • I don’t get the problem that fans have against players celebrating like how subban does. Hey if you’re an elite player and you make a big play, ie a game tying goal or game winning goal is there really something so bad about it? I see it as he’s pumping up himself, his teammates but most importantly, the fans. Good for those players that do and I hope they don’t stop doing it because it’s not like they don’t have the right to because they suck or it was about as set up as a staged fight… I mean these ‘questionable’ celebrations are few and far between and like I said, given who is doing it and how rarely they do it, I really see no issue here.

          • Figures you would have no problem with show boating. There’s a big surprize…You probably loved it when Subban and Prices use to do their little dance at the end of the game far away from all their teammates. You have no clue as usual.

          • I didnt mind the Price Subban hi five thing no problem with Yaks or most other celebrations (I really thought the Ovi stick on fire thing was genius lol) as I said I dont mind a good celebration but to me the jersey tug is a bit more of rubbing it in, not quite a throat slash gesture but getting in to that kind of territory. Its a little much and could see a guy taking a run at him for it.

  2. I really enjoy Torts as a coach of someone elses team.

    • And Canucks fans get to endure this schmuck for four more seasons – a five year contract for a guy who only opens his mouth to change feet.

  3. To bad that can’t give Reimer a shot. Impossible now that they have destroyed his confidence plus the fact he’s an RFA with arb rights that they don’t want to have to pay big bucks too.

    • Who destroyed his confidence? Who even says that? I know you have no credence to your claim unless you spoke to or know Reimer and he personally told you he has no confidence…oh and because you hear a mouth piece say so and his credibility is no better than yours, it’s safe to say that person is full of it too. And even if Reiner was played more or the same amount of games as Bernier, Reiner still wouldn’t get a hefty raise.

      • No point in commenting on someone’s post who has no clue.

  4. How did Leaf management destroy Reimer’s confidence? Management merely brought somebody on board to compete for the #1 job and to date; Bernier appears to be in the drivers seat. That’s a business decision created for the betterment of the team. In short, may the best man win; and to date…Bernier is the clear cut winner