NHL Canadian Corner – October 26, 2013.

Canucks edge the Blues in overtime, Maple Leafs fall to Blue Jackets, Ducks defeat the Senators, plus the latest on the Canadiens, Jets, Flames and Oilers.

Ryan Kesler celebrates his OT winner against the Blues.

Ryan Kesler celebrates his OT winner against the Blues.

VANCOUVER SUN: Ryan Kesler scored twice (including the game-winner) as the Canucks edged the St. Louis Blues 4-3, ending their recent road trip collecting 11 of a possible fourteen points.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win also moved the Canucks into a tie with the San Jose Sharks for first in the Pacific Division, though the Sharks hold three games in hand. A successful road trip for the Canucks, who continue to play well for new head coach John Tortorella.

TORONTO STAR: The Columbus Blue Jackets spoiled the return from suspension of David Clarkson, downing the Maple Leafs 5-2.  Clarkson has just finished a ten-game suspension for leaving the bench during a preseason fight between the Leafs and Buffalo Sabres.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Danish rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen made 26 saves to backstop the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 win over the Senators, dropping the latter’s record to 4-4-2.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens will face a good test tonight when they face the San Jose Sharks.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets seek some “poetic justice” as their road trip continues.

CALGARY SUN: Five lessons learned from the Flames recent road trip. Among them: their goaltending question has yet to be answered, their veterans are inconsistent and their penalty kill must improve.

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers are feeling the urgency to string some wins together.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers have plenty of time left in the schedule to overcome their slow start, but if their October struggles carry over into November it could doom their playoff hopes. They don’t want to dig an early hole for themselves so deep they can’t get out of it.

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  1. the Canucks put it all together and won when no one would’ve given them a chance before the game. this roadtrip with all the injuries that have happened along the way has tested the Canuck’s depth and resolve. their new first line looks dangerous all the time with Kesler going from centering the second line to playing wing alongside the Sedins since regular first line winger Burrows is out with a lower body injury. losing players like Burrows, Hansen, Schroeder, Weise, & Booth would’ve doomed most teams but every time someone has gone down someone else has picked up the slack. free agent signings Richardson and Santorelli have been better than expected and waiver wire pickup dman Ryan Stanton has been a rock on the 3rd pairing. in net Luongo is playing as well as he ever has and rookie Eddie Lack has won 2 out of the 3 games he played in with steady play & the odd spectacular save. Tortorella hasn’t been afraid to mix up things when players seem to be having an off night, he’s even split up the Sedins when their play wasn’t what it should be. on defense Kevin Bieksa is having a great year so far, Edler has showed up and bought in to the new system, Hamhuis does his job quietly & efficiently and Garrison is starting to show why Vancouver made him a priority free agent signing (opposing teams are quickly trying to take away his shot on the powerplay leaving more room for other players). on the down side Booth hasn’t shown anything and has been dropped from the 2nd to 3rd lines (was even a healthy scratch when they had spare bodies), Kassian is still trying to find a place in the lines (puts in a way better effort than Booth though), Dalpe showed he isn’t ready yet, and Tanev is getting pushed around on the 3rd pairing. all in all though Vancouver is doing much better than most people expected and can only get better as they get healthier.