NHL Canadian Corner – March 25, 2012.

Senators end slump with big win over Penguins, Canucks edge Avalanche in overtime, loss to Stars puts Flames in hole, Jets lose ground in loss to Predators, Rangers beat Maple Leafs in shootout, winning could hurt Oilers now, and Canadiens officially eliminated from playoff contention.


Bishop injured in Senators victory over Penguins.

 OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators snapped out of their slump with an 8-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, but lost goalie Ben Bishop to a suspected left knee injury. Fortunately, the returning Craig Anderson played well in relief, and they can call up Robin Lehner if required.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks rallied from a 2-0 deficit to down the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in overtime.

CALGARY HERALD: A 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars puts the Flames into a hole whereby they might have to win all six of their remaining games if they’re to make the playoffs.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets road woes continued, falling 3-1 to the Nashville Predators and dropping six points out of eighth overall with 7 games remaining.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs home ice losing skid stretched to nine game as the visiting NY Rangers downed them in a shootout 4-3.

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers may be doing more harm than good with their recent winning ways, as it could move them out of contention for a lottery pick in this year’s draft.

RDS.CA: The Philadelphia Flyer clinched a playoff berth whilst officially eliminating the Montreal Canadiens from playoff contention, downing the Habs 4-1.

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  1. If Ottawa could play like that every game (and Pittsburgh had their backup goalie in every game) the standings would look much different. It was a great game to watch if you were and Ottawa fan and a great game if you were a Matt Cooke fan. Cooke just goes to the net and Crosby makes sure the puck hits his stick. Kinda reminds me of what 99 did for Semenko back in the day. Ottawa might just give some teams a run in this years playoffs.

    The Canucks finally came out of their scoring stupor long enough to get a win and not waste another great goaltending performance last night but WOW, was their defensive effort not there. 2 on 1’s – 3 on 1’s and breakaways showed that Colorado (as well as many other teams) have figured out the Canucks system and were sitting there waiting to pounce. And pounce they did, if it wasn’t for an outstanding Luongo the Avalanche would have had an easy 5 or 6 goals and probably should have given their effort.
    Is it just me or does anyone else think that the Canucks need to have someone in front of the net when they get into the offensive zone? Maybe the forwards are allergic to blue goalie crease paint and don’t want to go anywhere near it.

    Calgary Flames…stick a fork in them, their done.

    Ditto the Jets but at least they give and gave their fans something to cheer about this season.

    Carlyle’s coaching style is starting to make a difference with the Leafs. Too bad it took so long for the coaching change to happen and too bad that they are going to win themselves out of a top 5 pick.

    Edmonton will get a great draft pick and pick the best player available rather than the best defenseman available.

    Who saw the Flyers being a better team after gutting the roster?
    Who saw Scotty Hartnell becoming this good of a goal sorer?
    The Flyers are getting great goaltending and are going to be a force in the playoffs.

    Now that Montreal is officially out of the playoffs the restructuring can begin.
    Starting at the top and working down…new GM. New coach. No Gomez. I can hardly wait for the French version of “As The Stomach Turns” starring Patrick Roy to begin.