Games recaps of Tuesday’s games featuring Canadian NHL teams, the Maple Leafs weigh their options at center, plus an update on Jets star Evander Kane.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Robin Lehner made 32 saves backstopping the Senators to a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, snapping their five-game winless skid. Erik Karlsson scored twice for the Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The more I see Lehner play, the more I’m convinced he’s ready to be an NHL starter. It’ll be interesting to see if he can challenge Craig Anderson for that role this season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Mark Arcobello scored his first two NHL goals, including his overtime winner, as the Oilers edged the Florida Panthers 4-3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Arcobello’s been among the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal start for the Oilers this season.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks coach John Tortorella blamed his mismanagement of his bench for the Phoenix Coyotes scoring the game-tying goal, setting the stage for the Coyotes downing the Canucks 3-2 in a shootout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Who are you and what have you done with John Tortorella?
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former Hab Jaroslav Halak out-dueled Carey Price as the St. Louis Blues nipped the Canadiens 3-2 in a shootout. Tomas Plekanec missed an opportunity to win the game for the Habs in a last-minute penalty shot in regulation.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t blame this loss on Price, who was stellar throughout this game. Indeed, Price has been a model of consistency so far this season for the Canadiens.
CALGARY HERALD: After upsetting the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, the Calgary Flames and rookie goalie Reto Berra came crashing back to earth in a lopsided 5-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Flames winger Curtis Glencross left the game in the second period with an apparent knee injury and didn’t return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing Glencross could be a serious blow for the Flames if he’s sidelined for a significant period.
TORONTO SUN: With Dave Bolland and Tyler Bozak sidelined by injuries, Leafs management is considering its options to replace them.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect management will see how the club performs over the next several games before deciding if a significant move is necessary.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets star Evander Kane continues to be bothered by an upper body injury, but he’s traveled with the club to Chicago for the Jets upcoming game against the Blackhawks.