Canadiens blanked the Jets, Maple Leafs defeat the Wild, Canucks edge the Flyers, Senators nip the Coyotes, Oilers fall again and Mark Giordano’s strong play could help his chances to make Team Canada.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Carey Price made 36 saves as the Montreal Canadiens blanked the Winnipeg Jets 3-0. It was a costly win for the Habs, as winger Max Pacioretty was forced from the game in the first period with an apparent left leg injury. Among the few bright spots for the Jets was the play of rookies Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pacioretty has a reputation as a quick healer, a trend the Habs hope continues with his latest injury.
TORONTO SUN: James Reimer turned aside 36 shots to carry his outplayed Maple Leafs to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a statement game for Reimer as he and Jonathan Bernier continue to jockey for the role of Leafs starting goalie.
OTTAWA SUN: Jason Spezza scored his fifth career hat trick and Cory Conacher potted the OT winner as the Senators nipped the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ryan Kesler scored the game winner as the Canucks rallied from a 2-1 deficit to edge the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers losing skid continues, falling 3-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Their record is now 1-5-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was a better effort for the Oilers, but the more losses pile up the greater the pressure on management to shake things up.
CALGARY HERALD: The strong early player of Flames captain Mark Giordano could improve his chances of making Team Canada.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another factor working in Giordano’s favor is he spent one season in the KHL, so he has experience on bigger ice surfaces.