NHL Canadian Corner – Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

Recaps of the Maple Leafs-Rangers, Canucks-Coyotes, Flames-Avalanche and Ducks-Oilers, plus updates on Erik Karlsson, Alexei Emelin and more.

TORONTO STAR: Phil Kessel scored twice and James Reimer made 31 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the NY Rangers 4-3, giving the Leafs a four-point lead over the sixth overall Ottawa Senators.

Ryan Kesler celebrates his game-opening goal as the Canucks blank the Coyotes 2-0.

Ryan Kesler celebrates his game-opening goal as the Canucks blank the Coyotes 2-0.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ryan Kesler scored in his return to the lineup as the Canucks blanked the Phoenix Coyotes 2-0.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames tallied three unanswered goals to overcome an early 1-0 deficit in downing the Colorado Avalanche 3-1.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers suffered their third straight road loss, falling to the Anaheim Ducks 2-1. The losing skid puts their playoff hopes in jeopardy.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers are four points out of eighth overall in the Conference. They’re not out of it yet, but if they don’t snap out of their current losing skid soon, they can write off their playoff hopes.

OTTAWA SUN: Injured defenseman Erik Karlsson has resumed skating, giving rise to speculation he could return to the lineup in time for the playoffs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Having suffered a sliced Achilles tendon over seven weeks ago, it was believed Karlsson’s season was over. That he’s even back skating now is remarkable, but he must be careful not to push it or risk setting back his recovery.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin’s season is over, having suffered a torn ligament in his left knee after colliding with Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic on Saturday.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets defense hasn’t improved, which threatens their hopes of making the playoffs.


  1. While I believe the Leafs are happy to win any and all of their remaining games, I’m just not convinced that this team or Ottawa for that matter wants to face Boston as its first round opponent.

  2. I believe AV’s Senior management is letting everyone ride out this season, ( by not firing coach or pressure to fire GM) and get as low as possible in the draft to try and get a high rated D like Seth Jones, and a high rated goaltender (Luongo) via trade or a solid UFA who may accept a less than perfect situation to be a starter (and star) again. Once the season is over I predict they will fire Sherman the GM, and Sacco the Coach, and hire Brian Burke, who in turn will hire Dallas Eakins or Lindy Ruff, and start from scratch building around Landeskog, O’Reilly and Duchene. I also predict Landeskog will have Captaincy taken away in favour of a veteran. He is too young to try and turn this whole ship around, not yet, anyway. The Jonathan Toews of the world are few and far between.

    • Completely agree about Landeskog. Nothing really against him, I just feel he was put in a position he is not yet ready for.

  3. Vancouver is starting to show what their team might be capable of once they’re healthy. the Canucks have suffered through injuries this year as much as any team in the league but their lack of depth at center has been addressed both through Kesler returning to the team and through acquiring Roy in a trade and now what was a weakness has become a strength. they’re not out of the woods with injuries as Booth, Higgins, and Tanev are still out but Vancouver is hopefull that Higgins will be back for their next home game and are waiting for a determination on Tanev’s injury (Booth’s presence in the lineup has been negligible at best as his contribution to this point has been a couple of decent hits, 1 empty net goal, and 2 second assists in 12 games … not a great return for the $4.25 million he costs them, this is why most people feel he will be bought out). Vancouver was able to use these trying times to see what Jordan Schroeder could do and he acquitted himself well as a speedy offensive player (albeit a little on the small side). all of Vancouver’s 8 dmen have played at least 9 games with only Hamhuis & Garrison playing all 39 games so far. both goalies have taken turns riding hot streaks and Schneider is currently tied for the league lead in shutouts. the scoring this season has been spread throughout the lineup with all lines contributing and when goals were hard to come by the team responded with a strong defensive effort. what all of this says is that the Canucks should be a deep team with the ability to play different types of games depending on the opponent, with strong goaltending, timely scoring and a commitment to team defence they’re a team not a lot of opponents want to face in the first round of the playoffs.