NHL Canadian Corner – Monday, February 25, 2013.

Recaps of Sunday’s NHL games featuring Canadian teams, plus the latest on Taylor Hall, James van Riemsdyk, Max Pacioretty and more.

Jarome Iginla scored twice as the Flames beat the Coyotes on Sunday.

Jarome Iginla scored twice as the Flames beat the Coyotes on Sunday.

CALGARY HERALD/ARIZONA REPUBLIC:  Jarome Iginla scored twice and Curtis Glencross netted the game-winner as the Calgary Flames rallied from a 4-3 deficit to edge the Phoenix Coyotes 5-4. Iginla scored the game-tying goal and Glencross got the winner 23 seconds apart late in the third period. Raffi Torres scored twice for the Coyotes.

WINNIPEG SUN/NORTHJERSEY.COM: Goals by Grant Clitsome, Evander Kane and Andrew Ladd rallied the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-2 win over the slumping New Jersey Devils. Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little each collected two assists. The Devils were without goalie Martin Brodeur, who was sidelined by back pain suffered in the pre-game warm-up.

DETROIT NEWS/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Damien Brunner’s four-point performance helped carry the Detroit Red Wings to an 8-3 thumping of the Vancouver Canucks. Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall each has three-point nights. The Wings scored six unanswered goals overcoming an early 3-2 deficit.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not the best performance for Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo, who was lit up for all eight goals. Considering how well he’s played this season, expect him to rebound quickly from this setback. 

EDMONTON SUN:  Oilers winger Taylor Hall agrees to disagree over his two-game suspension for kneeing Minnesota’s Cal Clutterbuck.

TORONTO SUN: Everyone in James van Riemsdyk’s New Jersey hometown is pleased he’s no longer playing for the Flyers.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty won’t receive supplemental discipline for boarding NY Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh during Saturday’s game between the two clubs.

OTTAWA SUN: With Craig Anderson sidelined, depth in the Senators crease has been a godsend.


  1. @CaptainA
    I’d really like to see McLaren put on a line with Kessel and Grabovski to see how much room he can open up for those two small players just to test it out. Kessel and Grabo get banged around pretty good and McLaren is a pretty good skater among being one of the toughest guys in the league (similar to the idea created with the Gretzky, Kurri, Semenko trio but a watered down version of course). It would be interesting to see if he could open up enough room for those two snipers to run around freely feeding each other while McLaren protects their asses. JVR could move to Kadri’s wing with Lupul when he returns which would be an unbelivable trio crashing the net. No one would know which trio is the top line. Bozak would be good for a thrid line checking role with Kulemin and MacArthur that could also be a threat to score. Once Frattin is ready to come back MacA could be traded since he’s a UFA which the Leafs will not re-sign.
    Food for thought.

    • Food for thought? Send that hot mess back to the kitchen. I’m all for enforcers but in the game w TB Kadri was getting manhandled by Hedman and Orr was not by 10 ft away and did not put enough “fear” in Hedman so I have to wonder just how effective enforcers really are.

      • There was an interesting exchange yesterday referring to Leaf d-man Gunnarson not going to the aid of his goalie. For the life of me I can’t remember anyone running the goalie on Saturday night however maybe I stepped out of the room when it happened. The only thing I saw that might have qualified was Condra’s goal however he was clearly pushed into the net and he certainly can’t be described as a power forward. Can someone enlighten me?

        • I don’t think the goalie running incident happened Saturday night but quite possibly the previous Leaf game.

  2. Other than Roberto Luongo getting a sunburn on the back of his neck from the glow of the red light being on so much there was not much chance of anyone else on the Canuck’s being injured by working too hard. What an overall ugly game!
    It is a good thing that Luongo is as easy going as he seems or he might have pulled a Patrick Roy after being left in for all those goals and as he walked by the coach told AV that he had played his last game for the Canucks.
    But I digress…I too expect Luongo to bounce back but it will be Cory Schneider who gets the next start.
    I am not trying to explain the Canuck’s loss as perpetrated by poor refereeing because the ineptitude of the officials went both ways, and if not for some of the worst calls I’ve ever seen it could easily been a larger deficit for Vancouver. Phantom goalie interference call, whistle disallowing a goal while the puck was still loose, check to the head that was actually a check to the shoulder, hooking that wasn’t hooking and an obvious interference that went uncalled. Those are just a few of the “low lights” on display by the zebras.
    Vancouver needs a defensive wake up call and can’t let one or two (or three or four) bad calls by the officials allow them to lose their composure.
    Give Detroit full credit for the win. They earned it and deserved it.