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