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.
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.