Recaps of games featuring NHL Canadian teams, plus updates on Ryan Kesler and Mika Zibanejad.
TORONTO STAR: Dave Bolland scored twice and James Reimer made 37 saves as the Maple Leafs downed the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With 10 points in twelve games, Bolland has so far silenced critics who doubted his addition would bolster the Leafs. As for Reimer, once again he’s showing he’s not giving up the starter’s role without a fight.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ondrej Pavelec made 35 saves to lift the Jets to a 2-1 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars. Andrew Ladd scored the winning goal for the Jets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pavelec continues to struggle with his consistency. In some games, such as the win over the Stars, he’s brilliant, and in others, he’ll allow weak goals at crucial moments. Granted, his defense often leaves him fending for himself, but he has to come up with a better effort on a consistent basis.
CALGARY HERALD: Mike Cammalleri scored twice as the Flames upset the Washington Capitals 5-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anyone believing the rebuilding Flames will be an easy two points this season are finding out the hard way that’s just not so.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Logan Couture’s two goals lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 2-0 win over the Canadiens. Carey Price made 33 saves in a losing cause for the Habs.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: For the eighth time in twelve games, the Oilers gave up four-or-more goals, this time in a 5-4 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: How much longer are the Oilers going to live in denial about their defensive woes? If this carries on for another month, the Oilers will dig a hole for themselves in the standings too deep to get out of.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ryan Kesler’s production has significantly increased since being moved to the wing on the Sedin line.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gotta give Canucks coach John Tortorella credit, he’s unafraid to juggle his lineup to get the best results.
OTTAWA SUN: In a week, Mika Zibanejad has gone from playing in the minors to the Senators top line.