NHL Canadian Corner – Saturday, March 23, 2013.

Recaps of the Capitals-Jets and Blue Jackets-Flames games, plus the latest on P.K. Subban, Nazem Kadri, Alexander Edler and more.

WASHINGTON POST/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Alexander Ovechkin scored twice and Braden Holtby made 30 saves as the Washington Capitals trounced the Winnipeg Jets 6-1, sweeping their home-and-home series.

Colton Gilles and Mark Letestu celebrate one of the Blue Jackets goals in their 5-1 win over the Flames.

Colton Gilles and Mark Letestu celebrate one of the Blue Jackets goals in their 5-1 win over the Flames.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH/CALGARY HERALD: Nick Foligno’s two goals snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames. The Blue Jackets are now in a tie with the San Jose Sharks for eighth overall in the Western Conference, but the Sharks hold two games in hand.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames,on the other hand, are now tied for last in the Conference with Colorado, remaining six points out of playoff contention.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: P.K. Subban was under the Montreal media microscope after he was benched briefly during the Canadiens 5-2 win over the NY Islanders on Thursday. Subban, who scored twice in the game, was moody during post-game interviews, but shook it off on Friday, claiming he enjoys playing for coach Michel Therrien.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s simply part of the maturity process for Subban, who is undeniably gifted but at times his cockiness hurt the Habs more than helped. This season, Subban’s dialed down the antics, focused on his play and is now tied for third in scoring among NHL defensemen this season.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle wonders if Nazem Kadri is the Maple Leafs long-awaited answer at center.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kadri is certainly making the case with his play, but I’d want to see how he does over a full 82-games before anointing him as their first line center. He’s still young, and this is a shortened season. If Kadri’s stellar play carries over into next season, he’ll put to rest the lingering doubts.

VANCOUVER SUN: The NHL has suspended Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler for two games for running Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators hope to have defensemen Sergei Gonchar and Marc Methot in the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Re-signing Ladislav Smid is in the Oilers best interest.


  1. I think at this point it’s safe to say Kadri would be a huge improvement over Bozak as a top line center. I mean the guy is in the top 10 in scoring, and in the top 13 in plus minus so what more could a top line center do besides win more faceoffs. Don’t forget Kadri does not get much powerplay time and has new line mates almost every game.

    If they move Kadri up to center JVR and Kessel it still leaves Lupul and Frattin to play with Grabovski. Bozak can center the thrid line (where he should have been for the past two years) with line mates MacArthur and Kulemin. Now we can really see what MacA and Bozak are worth on the UFA market playing thrid line roles and third line minutes.

  2. The Leafs need to change up their lines for tonights game against the B’s. Use Orr, McLaren and Komorov on each of your top three lines to add some grit/goonness and to protect your stars also spread out the ice time between the four lines.This will leave at least two very good scorers on each line along with a feared guy which will be tough to defend against. I would also suggest using a 7th D man so Carlyle doesn’t feel the need to play Dion 28 min again.

    Otherwise Carlyle go ahead and do what you and Wilson have been doing against the B’s for the past two years and see if the outcome will change. I think not…

    • I agree, might as well try something totally different, cause this isn’t working!

  3. Better players than Subban have been left on the bench by better coaches than Therrien, in the team’s history. I’m sure Lyle, you remember how Scotty Bowman would handle Pierre Larouche, a former 50 goal scoring center.
    So kid, take your lumps, it will help you in the long run. It was Therrien’s heavy hand that helped create the team the penguins have become.

  4. despite the win today over LA (1-0) Gillis AGAIN misses out on a player who could’ve helped the Canucks. with an almost desperate need for a 3rd line center who can win some faceoffs, play against some of the bigger teams and provide some solid checking (NONE of which Ebbett provides) Vancouver passes on solid two way veteran Jeff Halpern (who’s on a very cap friendly prorated $700,000 expiring contract) to maintain the status quo of two undersized centers (namely Ebbett who only makes $100,000 less). with all the injuries they have they could’ve at least seen if Halpern looked like he could be a fit for a game or two and if not then waive him again for little or no cost. makes me wonder if Gillis took the weekend off.