NHL Canadian Corner – October 2, 2013.

Maple Leafs edge Canadiens while the Jets down the Oilers in their season openers, plus the latest on Jason Spezza, the Sedins and Sven Baertschi.

TORONTO SUN/MONTREAL GAZETTE: In a game marred by a serious injury to enforcer George Parros, the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Montreal Canadiens 4-3.  James van Riemsdyk, Dion Phaneuf, Tyler Bozak and Mason Raymond scored for the Leafs,while Lars Eller had a three-point night (2 G, 1 A) in a losing cause for the Canadiens.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The game was entertaining up until the Parros injury, which sucked the life out of the Canadiens and the Bell Centre crowd. Parros suffered a concussion but is otherwise fine, tweeting his appreciation toward his fans for their thoughts and prayers.

Jets forward Michael Frolik (67) celebrates one of his 2 goals in his club's win over the Oilers.

Jets forward Michael Frolik (67) celebrates one of his 2 goals in his club’s win over the Oilers.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/EDMONTON JOURNAL: Three unanswered goals  (including two by Michael Frolik) rallied the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once again the Oilers defensive shortcomings were their undoing.  Coach Dallas Eakins has a lot of work ahead of him this season.  

OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Jason Spezza is back skating with his teammates after taking some time off nursing a groin injury. He expects to be in the lineup for the Senators season opener against Buffalo on Friday.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks coach John Tortorella is impressed by the Sedin twins desire to become more complete players.

CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak hopes Flames young forward Sven Baertschi responds positively to recent criticism of his play by Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke.


  1. It wasn’t the defensive shortcoming on the Oilers it was minor league goaltending by Dubnick. Once again he showed that he can give up the soft goal and not make the key save at a key time. Time for the Oil to find a real #1 goalie.

    • I don’t get it either Gary. While I haven’t seen a lot of him, what I have seen hasn’t impressed me. They are putting way to much stock in their forwards.

  2. would it not have been interesting if Tim Thomas would have tried out in Edmonton?