NHL Canadian Corner – Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Game recaps featuring Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on Andrei Markov, Lee Stempniak and more.

Daniel Sedin scores as the Canucks down the Blackhawks 3-1.

Daniel Sedin scores as the Canucks down the Blackhawks 3-1.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Sedin Twins let the way as the Vancouver Canucks downed the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1. Daniel had a goal and an assist, while Henrik had two assists.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks have clinched a playoff berth, but they’ll need the Sedins to be at their best if they hope to go deep in this year’s playoffs.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets kept their playoff hopes alive by edging the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. They also lost forward Kyle Wellwood to a hand injury.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators didn’t extract retribution from Matt Cooke for his accidental injuring of Erik Karlsson earlier this season, nor did they improve their playoff chances, falling 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though Chris Neil tried to goad Cooke into a fight earlier in the game, the Senators – to their credit – didn’t waste time trying to get “revenge” against him. The loss wasn’t because they were distracted by Cooke, but because the injury-ravaged Penguins were a better team.

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers were blanked 3-0 by the Anaheim Ducks, who clinched the Pacific Division title.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens have nominated defenseman Andrei Markov for the Bill Masterton Trophy.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering Markov’s career was threatened by knee injuries, he’s a worthy candidate for the Masterton.

CALGARY HERALD: Flames forward Lee Stempniak hopes to shake his reputation as a streaky scorer and also hopes to stay with the Flames.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stempniak is under contract for one more season. I daresay they’ll retain him.

TORONTO SUN: Examining the factors behind the Maple Leafs return to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.


  1. ray emery gets my vote for the bill masterton trophy

  2. Yes the Pens were missing a lot of their key players… but with 8 players with 10 or more goals in the lineup.. they had more skill and experience in their lineup.

    Problem for the Sens is they can’t score. Considering last season they were 4th overall in the NHL for goals for with a healthy Spezza & Karlsson… and are now 27th in goals for in the NHL without them…

    Sens had a bad first 10 minutes and that was it… They are playing not to lose rather than playing to win.

    They need to win the next 2 games or they will be out. It would be a shame for the players considering the long term key injuries they have had this year.. because they hung in the top 8 the entire time to only possibly lose out in the last couple of games..

    I hope the hockey gods pick on some other team with the injury bug next season… Sens have had their fill.

  3. Chicago can claim they were tired or perhaps their offense revolves around Patrick Sharp but Vancouver showed whoever the ‘Hawks face in the first round that they are vulnerable. the Blackhawks may have depth on offense but they’re fairly thin on the back end and a smart opposing coach would target Duncan Keith as they still haven’t found a replacement for Brian Campbell.