NHL Canadian Corner – March 9, 2012.

Max Pacioretty leads Canadiens over Oilers…Samuel Pahlsson’s first goal as a Canuck is a big one against the Jets…Senators defeat Conference-leading Rangers…Flames and Jets set to square off in Calgary for first time in 15 years…Why it may be best for the Maple Leafs to miss the playoffs….


Pacioretty scored 30th goal in win over Oilers.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/EDMONTON SUN: On the anniversary of Max Pacioretty’s season-ending injury a year ago, he scored twice, including his career-high 30th goal of the season, leading the Canadiens to a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pacioretty’s recovery from that injury a year ago will make him a nominee for the Masterton Trophy. He’s also the first Hab to score 30 goals in a season since Alex Kovalev in 2007-08. Too bad they’re not enough to help the Canadiens make the playoffs this season, but it bodes well for his development as a player, and a bright spot for the Canadiens future.

VANCOUVER SUN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Samuel Pahlsson’s first goal as a Canuck was the game-winner as Vancouver edged the Winnipeg Jets 3-2.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators took advantage of shaky goaltending by NY Rangers backup Martin Biron to down the Conference-leading Blueshirts 4-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, I know, the Senators faced the Rangers backup, who didn’t have a good game, but this will be a huge confidence boost for the Sens heading into the final month of the season.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames and Winnipeg Jets will square off in Calgary for the first time this season, marking the first time in 15 years the Flames have hosted the Jets.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle explains why the Maple Leafs free fall in the standings is for the best.


  1. Sure the Senator’s may have only faced New York’s back-up but what seems to be overlooked is that the Rangers faced a goaltender who’s only played 14 career games at the NHL level. Solid win by the Senator’s against one of the best teams in the league.

  2. I give Pacioretty credit… he has turned into a fine player… in fact, he is the Habs’ best skater.

  3. I think we need to give some of the credit for Pacioretty’s recovery to Eric Cole. Yes they paid too much for him, but his experience in recovering from the same injury as Pacioretty probably helped out a lot.

  4. For what Cole has brought to the team I don’t think they over paid at all.

    Great for Patches, Im very happy for having the ability to come back and play at a high level. I remember watching that game he was injured with my family over and we were all sickened to our stomachs. For him to bounce back and have a career year is a feel good story for the entire league, and hockey as a whole. I hope he can continue to build on this season and I hope he continues his charity efforts for the city of Montreal. Class act that kid.