Recaps of Saturday’s games featuring Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on the Flames and Jets.
TORONTO STAR/BOSTON GLOBE: After nine tries and nearly two years, the Toronto Maple Leafs finally beat the Boston Bruins, edging them 3-2. The Leafs took a 3-0 lead but needed goalie James Reimer to hold the fort as the Bruins staged a late rally in the third period.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Ottawa Senators nearly blew an early 4-0 lead but held on to down the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3. Daniel Alfredsson scored twice for the Senators, while Tyler Johnson’s two third period goals sparked the Lightning’s late rally.
BUFFALO NEWS/MONTREAL GAZETTE: Thomas Vanek scored twice and Ryan Miller made 38 saves as the Buffalo Sabres nipped the Montreal Canadiens 2-1. The Canadiens, however, remain first in the Northeast and second overall in the Eastern Conference, courtesy of the Maple Leafs beating the Bruins 3-2. Earlier in the day, the Habs claimed Jeff Halpern off waivers from the NY Rangers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: To coin a phrase: the natives are getting restless. And for good reason! They’ve been waiting a long time for this rebuilding team to give them something worth cheering over. Their patience has not been suitably rewarded. As promising as the Oilers youth are, there remain significant holes in the roster which must be filled with skilled veteran leadership.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom will return to the lineup Sunday after missing a month to a shoulder injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Enstrom will be a welcome addition, especially on the power-play.
CALGARY SUN: Another call for Flames owners and management to commence a serious roster rebuild. We’ll find out soon if they’re listening.