NHL Canadian Corner – Sunday, February 19, 2012.

The Canucks thump the Maple Leafs….Flames shut out the Kings….Senators playoff hopes improving…Jets still in the fight for a playoff berth…Loss of Gill means Habs must spread out blueline tasks…Cam Barker playing catch-up from ankle surgery.


Sedins carry Canucks over Maple Leafs.

VANCOUVER SUN/TORONTO SUN: The Sedins combined for eight points as the Canucks thumped the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One has to wonder if this loss, and the Leafs recent slump, forces Toronto GM Brian Burke to shake things up with a trade. The Leafs are only hanging onto a playoff spot by the grace of the equally struggling Washington Capitals, keeping the Jets playoff hopes alive, and allowing lesser teams like the Lightning, Islanders and Canadiens to gain ground in the standings. If the Leafs fail to reverse this skid soon, they’ll be outside the playoff picture.

CALGARY SUN: Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves, and Mike Cammalleri scored the game’s only goal, as the Flames edged the LA Kings 1-0.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win moves the Flames into a tie with the Kings in the standings, and because the Flames have scored more goals, they’re now in eighth overall.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators odds of making the playoffs this season improve.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If they can avoid another lengthy losing skid, the Senators should make the playoffs. As Jason Spezza pointed out, it’s 100 percent up to he and his teammates to make it happen.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Despite the Jets roster flaws and recent struggles, they’re still in the playoff chase, sitting only two points out of eighth overall in the Eastern Conference.

LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: The Canadiens are counting in part on the mobility of P.K.Subban, Alexei Emelin and Raphael Diaz to off-set the loss of Hal Gill’s physical presence on their blueline.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers defenseman Cam Barker is playing catch-up after missing 35 games to ankle surgery.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Something conveniently overlooked by his critics this season.


  1. Wow, wouldn’t that be shocking if Ottawa were to make the playoff’s this year and Toronto didn’t.

  2. The eastern playoff race is staying interesting with the Leafs struggles. Technically, all the teams right to the bottom are still in it should the Leafs and Caps slump for another week or so. Crazy how this is working out. It’s possible a team with less than 90 pts may qualify for the post season in the East. Watching that Canucks game last night I was very impressed with the puck movement of the Canucks. They pretty much know exactly where each other will be and just one touch pass to each other all the time. Great team.

  3. The Leafs were clearly outclassed in all aspects of the game last night as the Canucks put on a clinic of how it should be done. They have full commitment of all their players to play all 200′ of the ice and do everything and anything that should be done in order to win.

    Burke may have replaced all the players since arriving in Toronto, but nothing has really changed and I still don’t see Wilson as the right guy behind that bench either but still he stays there. Right now, every GM in the league knows the Leafs stink and are desperate for any kind of change and that’s going to cost the Leafs extra should they choose to make a trade. Just how much extra and for what, we shall soon learn.