The Canucks shut out the Predators, Erik Karlsson talks about his leg injury, the NHL hands Taylor Hall a two-game suspension, plus the latest on Zach Redmond, James Reimer, Mike Cammalleri and Brendan Gallagher.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE/THE TENNESSEAN: Dale Weise’s goal midway through the third proved the game winner as the Vancouver Canucks blanked the Nashville Predators 1-0. Roberto Luongo made 23 saves for the shutout. Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa left the game in the third period with a groin injury and will be re-evaluated today.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks were finally icing a healthy lineup before Bieksa’s injury, with Ryan Kesler and David Booth recently returning to action. Luongo, meanwhile, continues to play well, making it harder for Canucks GM Mike Gillis to move him.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Injured Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson met the press yesterday for the first time since his left Achilles tendon was lacerated by the skate of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke. Karlsson tried to stress the positives of his recovery, even hoping to return before the playoffs, but had few kind words for Cooke.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson doesn’t believe Cooke meant to slice his leg, but feel the Penguin intended to hurt him one way or another. I understand why Karlsson is upset, but it was obvious his injury was the result of an accident. Cooke has also cleaned up his act since getting a 17-game suspension two years ago. He realizes he risk a permanent suspension if he continued his dirty tactics.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The NHL has suspended Oilers forward Taylor Hall two games for a knee-on-knee hit against Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s his first NHL suspension, and hopefully it’ll be his last.
WINNIPEG SUN: A Toronto emergency room physician credited the quick action of the Winnipeg Jets players, coaches and trainers in saving the life of defenseman Zach Redmond, who suffered a slashed femoral artery during a practice in Carolina.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Quick thinking by teammate Anthony Peluso, assistant coach Perry Pearn and athletic therapist Rob Millette definitely saved Redmond from bleeding to death.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames are moving Mike Cammalleri to center between Curtis Glencross and Lee Stempniak in hopes of shaking up their offense.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer is frustrated over being sidelined by an MCL strain.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens rookie Brendan Gallagher will return to action tonight against the NY Rangers after missing a week to a concussion.