NHL Canadian Corner – Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Game recaps featuring Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on Erik Karlsson, David Drewiske and more.

Roberto Luongo backstopped the Canucks to a 4-1 win over the Flames.

Roberto Luongo backstopped the Canucks to a 4-1 win over the Flames.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE/CALGARY HERALD: Roberto Luongo made a surprise start for the Vancouver Canucks, backstopping his club to a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.

TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs fall in a shootout 3-2 to the NY Rangers. The Leafs are one of only three teams not to win in a shootout this season.

EDMONTON SUN: The Phoenix Coyotes almost completely kill off the Edmonton Oilers playoff hopes with a 3-1 win over the Oilers last night. In cheerier news for Oilers fans, the Edmonton city council has approved a tentative downtown arena deal, though the final $55 million is still missing.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m sure the cheque’s in the mail.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Despite Erik Karlsson’s recent surprise return to skating this week, his agent claims there’s no timetable for his client’s return to action.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson’s return to skating has some Senators followers hopeful he’ll return in time for the playoffs at the end of this month. Just because he’s resumed skating, however, doesn’t mean he’ll be back in the lineup by month’s end. He’s recovering from a slashed Achilles tendon, and recovery from that kind of injury takes time.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: New Canadiens defenseman Davis Drewiske is a late bloomer in hockey.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far, he’s been a very good addition to the Canadiens defense, even more so now that Alexei Emelin is out of the season with a knee injury.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets must take the Florida Panthers seriously when they face off tonight in Winnipeg.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets have eight games left in the regular season and are currently two points out of eighth overall, behind the NY Rangers and NY Islanders (who each have a game in hand) and the Ottawa Senators (who have two games in hand). Every game matters now.