NHL Canadian Corner – Sunday, March 17, 2013.

Recaps of Saturday’s games featuring Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on Jarome Iginla and Taylor Hall.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tomas Plekanec tipped rookie Jarred Tinordi’s shot for the game winner as the Montreal Canadiens edged the New Jersey Devils 2-1. Carey Price made 32 saves for his league-leading 15th win, as the Canadiens regained first overall in the Eastern Conference.

Kyle Turris (L) celebrates his OT goal over Buffalo with Guillaume Latendresse & Daniel Alfredsson.

Kyle Turris (L) celebrates his OT goal over Buffalo with Guillaume Latendresse & Daniel Alfredsson.

OTTAWA SUN/BUFFALO NEWS: The Ottawa Senators overcame an early 2-0 deficit to down the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on an overtime goal by Kyle Turris. The Senators now sit fifth overall, one point up on Toronto and New Jersey.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/TORONTO STAR: The Winnipeg Jets blew a 4-1 lead but Zach Bogosian ended a marathon shootout to give the Jets a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.  The win puts the Jets into first in the Southeast Division, leaving the Leafs (0-4-1 in their last five) clinging to sixth overall in the Conference.

DETROIT NEWS/VANCOUVER PROVINCE:  Pavel Datsyuk had three assists and Henrik Zetterberg scored twice to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 victory over the struggling Vancouver Canucks, who’ve now won only three of their last ten games, leaving them seventh overall, two points up on San Jose and Phoenix.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The loss was more costly for the Canucks, as winger David Booth suffered an apparent ankle injury.

CALGARY HERALD: The fate of Jarome Iginla hangs over the Flames like a dark cloud.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One way or another, we’ll know his fate (for the remainder of the season, at least) in just over two weeks.

EDMONTON SUN: Taylor Hall has been a driving force for the Oilers.


  1. And que the post about malkin perry etc to the leafs for their spare parts an trash…

    Looking at you backchecking…

    • I feel the same way.

  2. Jason Bothchford’s article in The Province is one of the first I’ve read where a member of the Vancouver media took those to blame for the Canuck’s recent play to task, and it is long overdue.
    He ripped, and rightfully so, the coach for his poor decisions and penchent for blaming certain players, especially Ballard, for team loses. When the general manager gets a defenseman who put up good numbers on his previous teams power plays you would expect the coach to use him, especially when the power play without him has been zero for March, and when the team has a 5 on 3 advantage for over a minute and twenty seconds but not this Canucks coach. His idea of intelligence is repeating the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
    Botchford didn’t give any of the offending players a free ride either as he pointed out glaring weaknesses starting from Luongo in the net and working out.
    With the Canucks looking like, at least to me anyway, they are on the playoff bubble with less than half the shortened season to play it may not be time to panic but it definetly is time to make some changes. Whether those changes are behind the bench, on the bench or any combination thereof changes need to happen.
    If not the Canucks will be lucky to make the playoffs and if they do they will once again be gone in the first round.

  3. I can not believe Carlyle sat grabo in the shoot out….. I don’t care if he is in the dog house when you send franson and phaneuf out before grabo you are not doing right by the team. That wasn’t what lost the game, the second period was, but come on, franson has never been in a shoot out before.

    • OMG I was typing the same thing as you at the same time. Great minds think alike. lol

      • I’m just awaiting moderation because I included a youtube clip of Grabo’s awesome shoot out goal.

  4. @backchecking

    I have to question the relationship between Carlyle and Grabovski after last nights shoot out. Ten rounds of shootout and no Grabovski meanwhile Franson and Phaneuf both get a shot?? The only forwards that didn’t get a shot other then the teams highest paid player “Grabo” were the checkers Orr, Komorov and McClement. Isn’t Grabo the type of soft hands player that excels at one on ones in shoot outs?

    Is Carlyle aware of this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYfZXU2NTiY

    Something is up with him and Grabo I can’t believe the media wasn’t all over this. At one point the camera scanned over to show Grabo liening over the boards with his head buried in his gloves inbetween shoot out attempts. I think him and Carlyle are at odds. What other explaination is there for sitting your highest paid guy who has soft hands loves deking goalies and has many shoot out goals?

    • I agree with you here as I managed to catch the 3rd period and was puzzled as to why Grabs was not part of the shootout.

      If Carlyle and Grabs are at odds then that matter needs to be addressed and quickly too as team interests should come ahead of any personal agenda of Carlyle’s that maybe at play here and perhaps this issue between the two has something to do with the current skid the team in on.

  5. Bogosian was on fire again. The guy reminds me of a wild stallion out there. Rushing the puck, fighting, scoring shoot out goals. I wish the Leafs could pry him out of Winnipeg. Wishful thinking…

  6. Any leafs trade will have to be a package deal. Carlyle and Nonis don’t seem to want to give away guys through waivers which why would you. And trading a one for one seems unlikely cuz it really would be any upgrade as the leafs lack of top end talent. Funny how the gm change really made any rumours or possible movement on the leafs go away. Nonis seems to run more of a quiet wait and see what comes up approach. Like to see leafs get a rental type like rygher (spelling). Need better defence and would really like this #1 centre postion dealt with. Bozak needs to be taken off the #1 powerplay he isn’t skilled enough.