NHL Canadian Corner – Monday, March 25, 2013.

Recaps of Sunday’s games featuring Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on John-Michael Liles, Guillaume Latendresse and more.


WINNIPEG SUN/TAMPA TRIBUNE: Bryan Little had a goal and two assists to leading the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-2 win over the free-falling Tampa Bay Lightning, who dismissed Guy Boucher as head coach prior to this game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win also opened a four-point gap in the Jets lead over the Carolina Hurricanes in the Southeast Division.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE/DENVER POST: The Vancouver Canucks took a 3-1 lead into the third period and held off a late charge by the Colorado Avalanche to eke out a 3-2 win. The win vaults the Canucks into first in the Northwest Division, two points up on the Minnesota Wild.

Has Jarome Iginla celebrated his final goal with the Flames?

Has Jarome Iginla celebrated his final goal with the Flames?

CALGARY HERALD/STLTODAY.COM: Jarome Iginla scored the game winner and Miikka Kiprusoff made 36 saves as the Calgary Flames edged the St. Louis Blues 3-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some wonder if that game could be among the last for Iginla and Kiprusoff with the Flames. We’ll have our answer by next Wednesday.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs defenseman John-Michael Liles is day-to-day following an ankle injury suffered in Saturday’s game against the Boston Bruins. He’ll miss the Leafs-Bruins rematch tonight in Boston.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators forward Guillaume Latendresse is regaining his scoring form after being sidelined several weeks by a whiplash injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Latendresse’s injury history has severely hampered his performance and effectiveness. Here’s hoping he can stay healthy and continue his NHL career.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens head into Boston and Penguins this week for two crucial games before concluding by facing the NY Rangers at home in Montreal.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers hope to regenerate their offensive game after falling 3-0 to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.


  1. Oh no, Flames beat Blues, they now think they can make 8th spot and make a run. Expect no moves to improve team.

  2. @Backchecking
    Maybe the Leafs should consider making Mark Fraser captian after reading a quote from him.

    Mark Fraser quote “To be honest, it’s something that’s incredibly overlooked as far as what it means to the outcome of a game or what it means to a level of team commitment,” said Fraser, who tied for a team-high five blocks against the Bruins, now with 64 on the year. “I’m very proud to be on a team that carries that stat because again it’s just guys showing their willingness, not just for the goalie but for one another. And to be honest, I think we could still even do a better job of it.”

    • I would like Lupul as the Captain…….Leafs are missing the trade deadline boat!!!

      They should have made trades last week when they had three days off and got a head start!!

      Iam hearing that Louie Erikson is on the block …Ive been posting here since last year trade scenarios for him and the leafs as I really like this guy ……I think Dalls would like to get younger and I think there could be a very high quality deal here if Nonis has the insight!!

      Kessel for Erikson and Robidas
      ( Grabo or Bozak ) for Roy and pick ( if he signs no pick )
      Bozak was a Nieuwendyke pick up for Leafs when he was there !!!!!!

      • Also really really want the leafs to pick up Brian Campbell for the Powrer play and cup ring he has !! Could be had for a 2nd round draft pick at this pont considering his cap and what Murray and Morrow just went for or swap for komisarek and a draft pick to help clear $$$$

        • Eriksson would be a nice addition

      • Erikson? You Leafs fans are really dreaming now. There is no way Erikson is leaving Dallas.

        You are all so down on Kessel, yet you think you can get Erikson and Robidas for him?

        Jesus, show some rational thought.

  3. After watching the Bruins; despite a rather indifferent effort, still find a way to beat the Leafs, a few things come to mind. The Leafs are useless in shootouts…Reimer gives up one soft goal per game..Phaneuf is the single most reason the score got tied by Bergeron…Carlyle and his dedication to dog house duties for Grabovski in the shootout are killing the team and the two lap dancers..Bozak n Kessel… are just useless in the muck and grind…not to mention Nonis…who enjoys sitting on his ass not wanting to do shit in case one version of shitty chemistry conflicts with another version; I”d say you have the ingredients for a Brian Burke Classic example called ” I think the team is good to go as is”…no matter what…

    Yep, all is good in Leafland because ticket sales are up, jerseys are emptying in the stores and of course parking, beer and bad hot dogs are overpriced but selling well; and all for the privilege of being boned over by MLSE for a product, despite the best laid plans, is still not going to make the cut when it matters most..Yep…heritage thinking for you Leaf fans since 1967 and still promising you with the old adage ” we care that we win”

    Another rant..another loss..another soft goal..another Phaneuf of that shit Dion..another dog house sentence by Carlyle…another disappearing act by the lap dancers and another point lost…BUT..the trade deadline awaits where all Leaf fans hope and pray