NHL Canadian Corner – Sunday, April 14, 2013.

The Leafs hammer the Canadiens, the Oilers fall to the Flames, the Canucks lose to the Avalanche, plus updates on the Senators and Jets.

Carey Price gives up one of his four first period goals against the Maple Leafs.

Carey Price gives up one of his four first period goals against the Maple Leafs.

TORONTO SUN/MONTREAL GAZETTE: It was a night to forget for Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who was pulled in the first period after allowing three goals on four shots, as the Maple Leafs romped to a 5-1 victory over their long-time rivals.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the fits the Maple Leafs have given the Canadiens this season, Habs fans could be hoping their club doesn’t meet the Leafs in the post-season.

CALGARY SUN/EDMONTON JOURNAL: Sven Baertschi had his first multi-point NHL game leading the depleted Calgary Flames to a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers, effectively ending the latter’s playoff hopes this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Definitely a flat effort by the Oilers, who appear to have accepted the reality of their situation before this game even started. 

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks blew two third period leads to fall to the Colorado Avalanche 4-3, snapping their four game winning streak.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luckily for the Canucks, the Minnesota Wild are mired in a significant slump, winning only three of their last ten games. The Canucks hold a five-point lead over the Wild, and barring a collapse down the stretch, should clinch not only a playoff berth but also the third overall seed in the Western Conference.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators goaltending is not just saving their season, but is also on a record setting pace.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: More than half the Jets roster (16) have yet to play in an NHL playoff game. They’re hoping to end that drought this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’ve got a tough road ahead. The eighth overall Rangers hold a two point lead with a game in hand over the ninth overall Jets, while the Washington Capitals hold a four-point lead over them in the Southeast Division standings. Making the playoffs isn’t impossible for the Jets, but they must win at least 4 of their remaining six games, plus the Rangers and Capitals must lose more than they win of their remaining games.

3 Comments

  1. SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the fits the Maple Leafs have given the Canadiens this season, Habs fans could be hoping their club doesn’t meet the Leafs in the post-season.

    True dat, but I’d hafta hope think that the Habs will bea ready to step it up come playoff time. I mean, come on – the Leafs, fer chrissakes…

  2. The Habs carried the play for the majority of the game, but Price was a sieve..Yea, they lost 5-1, but the score doesn’t tell the whole story..We had 37 shots, but Reimer out played Price…

    Leafs, won this one and I am not taking anything away from it, but if Price doesn’t completely crap the bed in this one, it would have been a lot closer..

  3. Good to see Joey Mac get back-to-back starts and win them both. With Kipper supposedly retiring, Flames would be wise to keep this guy in the mix for next year. Veteran guy, good team player, more suited for a back-up role, but as he showed in Detroit last year, is more than capable of running with the number one job for a stretch. Always felt the Leafs never gave him a legitimate shot at earning a job.