NHL Canadian Corner – October 4, 2013.

Flames and Canucks lose their season-openers, updates on Erik Karlsson, Devan Dubnyk and Morgan Rielly, and the latest on the Canadiens and Jets.

CALGARY HERALD: The Calgary Flames blew  two three-goal leads over the Washington Capitals, falling 5-4 in a shootout. Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin scored twice as well as in the shootout to complete his club’s comeback.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Flames coach Bob Hartley was not pleased with his club’s undisciplined play in the third, which led to Ovechkin potting the game-tying goal on a power-play. Lots of work ahead for the rebuilding Flames.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Vancouver Canucks gave up four unanswered goals over two periods to fall to the San Jose Sharks 4-1. Roberto Luongo made 31 saves in the loss.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t fault Luongo for the Canucks loss in this one.

Erik Karlsson claims he's feeling no linger effects from last season's injury.

Erik Karlsson claims he’s feeling no linger effects from last season’s injury.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson assures Ottawa fans worried about lingering effect of last season’s Achilles injury that he feels great.  His comments at the start of training camp about still not feeling 100 percent raised eyebrows among the Sens faithful.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It takes time to recover from an injury like that. Indeed, I believe Karlsson didn’t do himself any favors by rushing back in this past spring’s post-season when it was clear he wasn’t fully recovered. He’ll be fine as the season progresses.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk blamed himself for the Oilers 5-4 season-opening loss against Winnipeg, but hopes to put it behind him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dubnyk bore part of the blame for that loss, but that doesn’t get the Oilers shaky defense off the hook. Both must improve.

TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly has outgrown junior hockey but he could still end up this season back with his junior club in Moose Jaw.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens brought some cheer to Lac-Megantic, which was severely damaged during a train derailment and explosion this summer. The Habs, who’ve raised over $800,000 to aid in the town’s rebuilding, staged an open practice yesterday in the town’s arena. The players also spent 30 minutes signing autographs for the townsfolk.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another example of why the Canadiens are among the classiest teams in the NHL. 

WINNIPEG SUN: After beating the Edmonton Oilers in their season-opener, the Jets face a much tougher opponent in the Los Angeles Kings.


  1. you’e right Spector Luongo was not the problem, Marleau’s goal was the only one he really had a chance on (that only came after a brutal giveaway by Higgins). there were some encouraging signs as the powerplay has changed up a bit and using the point more will eventually pay dividends, aside from perhaps a shorthanded goal you couldn’t ask for much more from the penalty killing. as for the negatives their discipline left much to be desired and no matter how much Gillis talks up Booth the guy is absolutely useless (seriously is Gillis in charge of Booth’s PR team?), his one play is driving down the outside and passing the puck as an absolute last resort. when you saddle Kesler with Booth the 2nd line is ineffective and whoever they play is able to focus on the Sedins with somewhat predictable results. the 3rd line was alright but i don’t know that you can expect much offense from them and Sestito/Weise played less than 5 minutes each (Tortorella needs to find minutes for them somewhere). as for solutions i would buy out Booth no matter what the cost was and dress Schroeder in his place (they need a playmaker on the 2nd line and that’s not Kesler’s game).

  2. With the looks of some of the defenses around the league it may not be long before Nonis or the Flyers starts getting some calls to relieve some cap stress. Liles maybe could be moved after all (possibly Gardiner if the price was right) Reilly then goes down after 9 games I think then McWilliam as a 7 Brennan possibly a 6.

  3. “SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another example of why the Canadiens are among the classiest teams in the NHL.” And perhaps only fan base that uses that term to describe their beloved team.