Recaps of the Canadiens-Senators & Flames-Red Wings games, and the latest on the Maple Leafs, Canucks, Jets and Oilers.
LA PRESSE/OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Ottawa Senators rallied from a 3-1 deficit to force overtime and a shootout, but it was the Montreal Canadiens who triumphed 4-3 on a shootout goal by Lars Eller. The Canadiens also received some sad news yesterday, as forward Blake Geoffrion is considering retirement after suffering a fractured skull in an AHL game earlier this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eller has been steadily improving this season, and his play against the Senators last night was his best game thus far. As for Geoffrion, sounds like his NHL career is over before it really had a chance to begin. It would be a heartbreaking end to his playing career.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A big win for the Flames, but given their current plight, every win is a big one for them now, and they need many more to keep their playoff hopes alive.
TORONTO STAR: With the Maple Leafs in a three-game losing skid, is it time to shake things up on the blueline? Perhaps by playing healthy scratch John-Michael Liles? Or recalling Jake Gardiner?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Only coach Randy Carlyle knows for sure. As for Gardiner, he’s busy backpedaling from a tweet by his agent suggesting the Leafs “free” his client.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Tony Gallagher believes Canucks coach Alain Vigneault is running out of excuses as his team continues to struggle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t blame Vigneault for this. He’s saddled with a roster lacking depth at center (which is very apparent with Ryan Kesler on the shelf), David Booth remains a bust as a scoring winger, and they obviously miss the injured Kevin Bieksa on their blueline. This was also supposed to be the season Cory Schneider took over the role of starting goalie, but his performance suggests management was wise to hang onto Roberto Luongo. Yes, Vigneault has to find a way to snap this club out of its current doldrums, but he can only do so much when there’s some glaring weaknesses on the roster.
WINNIPEG SUN: Kyle Wellwood is making the most of his return to the Jets lineup.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers have placed Ben Eager on waivers. He essentially lost his job when the Oilers acquired Mike Brown from Toronto.