NHL Canadian Corner – October 16, 2013.

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.

Max Pacioretty winces as he's helped off the ice during Habs-Jets game.

Max Pacioretty winces as he’s helped off the ice during Habs-Jets game.

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.


  1. The Oilers remind me of the Leafs 2 years ago in the Great Collapse that saw Ron Wilson fired and a playoff birth slip away!!!

    The image is very much the same here ….No veteran leadership among the ranks to help settle the team down ….terrible goaltending and a sloppy defensive core …= soft forwards and to many playmakers.

    They need a good ole fashion bangem up hockey game that gets a little out of control and play like its the end of the world and just hate the opponent to the last drop of blood ….there a mid sized team mostly under 200 pounds up front …they need some size along with a NEW goalie !!

    Will Acton….. ……..199 pounds …..on a good day
    Mark Arcobello …..166 pounds …..on a good day
    Jordan Eberle …….180 pounds …….on a good day
    Sam Gagner ……..200 pounds……… ON A VERY GOOD DAY
    Ales Hemsky ……..185….. pounds…… on a good day
    R_N_H ……………..185 pounds……… on A VERY GOOD DAY
    David Perron ….198 pounds
    Ryan Smyth ……191 Pounds
    Nail Yakupov …..186 pounds

    All this ends up as lost puck battles and turn overs in the defensive side of the puck which means you are playing with the puck less than the other team not converting chances.

    • they need a king kong bundy type

    • You must be having a good day

  2. Much needed win by the Sens to put them at .500 on the season opening 6 game road trip. Way to step up Spezza… seems he is slowly getting in game shape after missing most of the pre-season games & practices..

    California games have not been very good for the Sens… as proven this year…

    But to come home at .500 is good. After the Devils & the Oilers.. which are must wins… the Sens close out October playing the Wings on the road… and home to face San Jose, Anaheim & Chicago…

    That’s a tough schedule for October… At least after Oct.. no more San Jose or Anaheim…