NHL Canadian Corner – Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Recaps of Saturday’s games featuring Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on Miikka Kiprusoff, Taylor Hall and Matt Frattin.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Henrik Sedin and Mason Raymond had two-point nights, and Cory Schneider made 28 saves,  as the Vancouver Canucks downed the Los Angeles Kings 5-2.

PHILLY.COM/OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Philadelphia Flyers finally reached the .500 mark and Ilya Bryzgalov got his 200th career win as the Philadelphia Flyers edged the Ottawa Senators 2-1.  Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson was ejected from the game for cross-checking Flyers pest Zac Rinaldo in the face.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry praised Alfredsson for his reaction to Rinaldo after the Flyer laid a dirty hit upon Senators defenseman Chris Phillips, but that move also left his team short-handed at a key juncture in the game when the Senators were trying to tie the game. While I understand Alfredsson’s actions, it was nevertheless an undisciplined penalty which cost his club.

Penguins celebrated Brandon Sutter's OT winner over the Canadiens.

Penguins celebrated Brandon Sutter’s OT winner over the Canadiens.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/MONTREAL GAZETTE: Brandon Sutter was the overtime hero as the Pittsburgh Penguins downed the Montreal Canadiens 7-6 in a wild high-scoring tilt.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While strong goaltending and defensive play was lacking in this game, it was still very entertaining. Kind of a throwback to those free-wheeling days of the 1980s.

WASHINGTON POST/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Braden Holtby made 35 saves backstopping the Washington Capitals to a 3-0 blanking of the Winnipeg Jets.

CALGARY SUN: Flames star goalie Miikka Kiprusoff is on the verge of returning to action.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Flames harbour any hope of making the playoffs, they need a healthy Kiprusoff at the top of his game. Still, I doubt that’s going to be enough to help this year’s Flames.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Some dimwits in the blogosphere are suggesting Oilers forward Taylor Hall is faking a hamstring injury to avoid facing the Minnesota Wild today. Hall received a two-game suspension for a knee-on-knee hit of Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Must be a slow day for the tin foil hat brigade.

TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs forward Matt Frattin is close to returning to action.

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  1. Don’t make fun of my hat! I worked hard on it…