Leafs, Canadiens, Jets, Flames and Oilers suffer defeats, a call for the Senators fans to give Daniel Alfredsson the respect and applause he deserves, and John Tortorella returns to New York.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs woes continue as they fell 3-2 in overtime to the bottom-feeding Buffalo Sabres.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs are now 3-4-3 in their last time and have dropped three straight. Getting nervous yet, Leafs fans?
LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens saw their four-game winning streak ended with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens have the same number of points (31) as the Maple Leafs, but unlike the Leafs, they’re moving in the right direction, winning six of their last ten. Sets up for an interesting tilt between the two clubs tonight in Montreal.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: For the 19th time in 28 games, the Jets were shut out on the power play, falling 2-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Jets also lost winger Evander Kane to a lower-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I find it baffling a club with the firepower of the Jets (Kane, Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom) are doing so poorly on the power-play. That’s only going to increase the heat on head coach Claude Noel.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames dropped their 18th straight at the Honda Center, falling 5-2 to the Anaheim Ducks.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Ilya Bryzgalov got the hook after giving up four goals on 23 shots as the Oilers dropped a 4-2 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That loss isn’t all on Bryzgalov, as his teammates couldn’t seem to find their energy after having beaten the Nashville Predators the game prior. Also, why play Bryzgalov on consecutive nights when he’s seen little game action this season? Not a smart move by Dallas Eakin.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Wayne Scanlan believes Daniel Alfredsson not only deserves the respect of Senators fans, but also thunderous applause when he returns to Ottawa on Sunday with the Red Wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Agreed. I’ll be very surprised if “Alfie” doesn’t get a hearty ovation from the Senators fans.
VANCOUVER SUN: Former Rangers coach John Tortorella returns to New York when his Canucks face off today against the Rangers this afternoon.