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.
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.