Recaps of the Canadiens-Bruins and Flames-Avalanche games, plus the latest on Joffrey Lupul, Nikolai Khabibulin, Zach Kassian, and more.
LA PRESSE/BOSTON GLOBE: It was a tough night for the Boston Bruins, blowing two 2-goal leads to fall 6-5 to the Montreal Canadiens in a shootout,then learning their efforts to land Jarome Iginla came to nothing. Habs rookie Brenden Gallagher scored twice, one of which was the game-winner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve already offered up my take elsewhere on the Iginla trade. Kudos to the Flames for getting the win in the midst of an era ending for their franchise.
TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul is making up for the time lost to a broken forearm earlier this season, with six goals in five games since his return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lupul’s return means the Leafs can put more focus upon bolstering their goaltending and defensive depth.
EDMONTON SUN: Forty-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin has been shining in relief of starter Devan Dubnyk.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Khabibulin is also enhancing his trade value.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Zach Kassian is trying to adjust to life in hockey-mad Vancouver.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless examines numerous Jets issues.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is working with forensic doctors in hopes of proving his belief Penguins forward Matt Cooke deliberately injured Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As more than one person noted on Twitter last night: “It’s CSI Ottawa, starring Eugene Melnyk”. Tonight’s episode: “The First Cut is the Deepest”, or “The Cutting Edge” or ” OK, who cut out the common sense part of Melnyk’s brain?”
Look, I’m not making light of Karlsson’s injury, and I understand why some folks believe Cooke, with his reputation for deliberately hurting opponents, intentionally injured the Senators blueliner. But Melnyk is taking this to a ridiculous extreme, and it’s not going to change the minds of league disciplinarians who ruled Karlsson’s injury was an accident, which I believe it was. All it does is make the Senators owner look silly, detracting from the club’s amazing performance with several of their best players sidelined by injuries.