NHL Canadian Corner – Thursday, March 7, 2013.

The Maple Leafs down the Ottawa Senators, the Flames beat the Sharks, and the latest on the other Canadian NHL teams.

TORONTO STAR/OTTAWA CITIZEN: Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk each scored, and James Reimer made 39 saves, as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Ottawa Senators 5-4. The Leafs held a 5-2 lead midway through the third but had to hold off a late rally by the Senators, as Daniel Alfredsson and Colin Greening moved them to within a goal of tying the game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The game was also notable for a fight in which Senators forward David Dziurzynski was knocked out by Leafs enforcer Frazer McLaren.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves in a 4-1 win over the Sharks.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves in a 4-1 win over the Sharks.

CALGARY HERALD/MERCURYNEWS.COM:  Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves in his first game back from injury as the Calgary Flames defeated the struggling San Jose Sharks 4-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the Flames to have a shot at a playoff berth, they’ll need Kiprusoff healthy and at his best for the rest of the season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is trying to overcome a mid-season slump.

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is working on his defensive game, and remains confident his offensive game will improve.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks are getting a real boost of late from the line of Mason Raymond, Jannik Hansen and Chris Higgins.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets coach Claude Noel believes his club has the depth in talent to be a winner, but cannot fathom why it continues to struggle with consistency.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t help but wonder if Noel could lose his job if the Jets fail to make the playoffs this season.

RIP Stompin’ Tom Connors, who died yesterday at the age of 77. The Canadian music legend is best remembered by hockey fans for “The Hockey Song“.


  1. I keep reading this morning how the top line scored 3 of the 5 goals last night and how they were on fire. Well I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Kessel and Bozak were zero on the night for plus minus. I guess these reporters forgot they were also responsible for 3 of the 4 goals that were scored against them. Bozak completely missed covering his man on two of the goals against and Kessel coughed up the puck on a clearing attempt which resulted in the forth goal against. In my eyes these two were brutal all night due to their defensive blunders and soft coverage. I don’t know what game these reporters were watching all night but the Leafs could have easily lost this game and shouldn’t have won.

  2. Ottawa outplayed the Leafs for a large part of the game. Leafs can thank Ben Bishop for this one. They had better be ready tonight or it could get ugly.
    God bless Stompin’ Tom.

  3. Ugly fight last night, hopefully Dziurzynki is going to be ok. Hopefully he learned a lesson last night, don’t fight guys bigger than you unless you have to and never lead with your chin when you do!
    On a bright note for Senator fan’s, it was great to see Michalek back in the lineup, probably the best player for Ottawa last night. Latest word on Spezza is there’s a possibility he may be back in the lineup in two to three weeks. The team’s going to need a few W’s before then if they hope to hang in for a playoff spot though…

  4. McLaren is a fighting machine. Orr is washed up and can’t even take on Chris Neal anymore.

  5. Anybody know any news on Rene Bourque? The Habs seem to be missing him pretty badly.

  6. Dziurzynki likely suffered the concussion when he fell forward onto the ice and not from that punch. Mclaren was able to catch him on the chin which in most people is like a light switch. Mclaren was obviously concerned in his interviews. It happens and the kid will be fine in a couple weeks hopefully.