NHL Canadian Corner – Sunday, February 3, 2013.

Recaps of Saturday’s games involving the Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Flames and Oilers, plus updates on the Senators, Canucks and Jets.

Canadiens roll to 6-1 win over the Sabres.

Canadiens roll to 6-1 win over the Sabres.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/THE BUFFALO NEWS: Rene Bourque and David Desharnais each scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens thumped the Buffalo Sabres 6-1. It was also defenseman P.K. Subban’s first game back after re-signing a new contract with the Habs earlier in the week, picking up an assist in the win. Lars Eller collected three points (1G, 2 A), while rookies Brendan Gallagher (1 G) and Alexander Galchenyuk (2 assists) also factored in the Canadiens scoring.

BOSTON HERALD/TORONTO STAR: Chris Bourque’s first period goal stood as the winner as the Boston Bruins edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made 21 saves for the shutout win, while Toronto goalie James Reimer made 33 saves in a losing cause for the Leafs.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE/CALGARY SUN: Patrick Kane scored twice, including the shoot-out winner, as the Chicago Blackhawks nipped the Calgary Flames 3-2. Marian Hossa scored with three seconds remaining in the third to force overtime and the shootout. Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery made 45 saves for the win. Flames blueliners Dennis Wideman and Jay Bouwmeester tallied for the Flames.

DENVER POST/EDMONTON SUN: The Colorado Avalanche overcame an early 1-0 deficit with three unanswered goals to down the Edmonton Oilers 3-1. P.A. Parenteau, Jamie McGinn and Paul Stastny scored for the Avs, while Nail Yakupov was the Oilers’ sole goalscorer. Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk made 37 saves in a losing cause.

OTTAWA SUN: Jason York listed the Senators options (trade, free agency, standing pat) regarding a short-term replacement for injured center Jason Spezza.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As York pointed out, finding first-line centers via trade is difficult and costly, while none are available in the UFA market. For now, standing pat and giving more playing time to Kyle Turris, Zack Smith and Mika Zibanejad appears the best option.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford points out the stellar play of goalie Roberto Luongo is overshadowing the Canucks offensive difficulties.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as the Canucks keep grinding out wins, they’ll be patient and await the return of Ryan Kesler and David Booth from injuries.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Tim Campbell reports it’s anyone’s guess if the Jets will retain Mark Scheifele or demote him to his junior club.


  1. LEAFS

    Leafs finally played there best game of the season in a loosing fight ….FYI that goal should have counted…Rask wasn’t even touched for petes sake!! Come on ref…ridiculous !!
    Leafs are desperate for for first line scoring …need to get bigger , more aggressive and over power opponents on that line !! Needs to be reconfigured all around the first line #1 need for Nonis !!
    Not sure why Nonis is wasting time if there is any deal out there …they are in the thick of things due to other quality teams struggling …this is not going to happen for much longer …need to take advantage of that lapse in other teams and make a bold move right now and seperate yourself from the back of the pack while you still can …..Philly, Rangers Carolina and Buffalo will not go long without making a bigger push need tio improve the scoring on the Leafs #1 unit…NOW!!

    I am very surprised by this team ??? Kudos !!

    Should be ok without Spezza ..but will need secondary scoring and someone to step up !!
    I would look to Colin Greening to be that guy!!

    ..why not keep Shieffle up …you need all the help you can get !!

  2. Habs looked good last night. Hopefully they still have energy to give Ottawa a better game then last time. Subban looked off last night, but that was expected. He looked nervous and for the first half was just trying to pass the puck to Markov, if he was on the ice. Then Markov zipped one back to him in the defensive zone and he seemed to play better after that lol. I think Markov quietly runs this team and players have to earn his respect. It’s great to have him back, both Markov and Subban. Galchenyuk’s ice time has been upped the last two games as well and he’s getting more creative out there (ex.: Ellers goal). If this team works hard they could surprise the East more than they already have. Having a third line that generates scoring chances and a motivated Bourque has completely changed this team, along with Markov of course. They look nothing like last year, save for the first game against the Leafs but that game looked as good as my Friday morning pick up. The real test will be this week against the Bruins. Should be a rough one in the first period before the coaches and refs settle both sides down for the rest.

    Didn’t get a chance to see the Leafs game last night (saw Movie Parker. Pretty good action flick). What’s the deal with Kessel? Is he missing Lupul that much? Are they playing him with Grabovski yet?

  3. @Bsckcecking
    I had friends over and missed most of the Leaf game. So they played well and fought hard? I noticed they had way less shots on goal then Boston. I saw the goal called back, Leafs got robbed

  4. Montreal sure does look like a new team this year. Big test today in trying to rebound from spanking we took in Ottawa. Thankfully Price will in net this time, so I expect a closer tilt.