Senators rally to down Canucks in Heritage Classic, plus the latest on Roberto Luongo, James Reimer, Markus Granlund, Peter Budaj and more.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Ottawa Senators overcame a 2-0 deficit with four unanswered goals to down the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 in the Heritage Classic before over 54, 000 fans at BC Place. The Canucks also lost forward Daniel Sedin (left hamstring) after he was hit by Senators defenseman Marc Methot. Province columnist Ed Willes believes Canucks coach John Tortorella blundered by not starting Roberto Luongo in goal for this game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sedin’s injury and sitting Luongo for this game merely added to the sense the Canucks season is spiraling out of control. That’s stoking speculation management could make a major move or two before the trade deadline.
TORONTO SUN: Could James Reimer get the start when the Maple Leafs face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets? Reimer hasn’t started a game since January 25, when he was chased from the net in a loss to Winnipeg.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Might not be a bad idea. The Leafs risk burning out Jonathan Bernier down the stretch if they don’t give him a break now and again.
CALGARY SUN: Brothers Markus and Mikael Granlund will face each other for the first time in an NHL game when Markus’ Flames face off tonight against Mikael’s Wild.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens backup Peter Budaj has played well spelling off injured starter Carey Price.
WINNIPEG SUN: League vagabonds Adam Pardy and Keaton Ellerby have found a home on the Jets blueline.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers power play continues to struggle.