NHL Canadian Corner – Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

Recaps of last night’s games involving Canadian NHL teams, the latest on Dustin Byfuglien and Matt Stajan, and Shane Doan admits how close he came to signing with the Canucks last summer.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE/EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Chicago Blackhawks extended their  season-opening streak without a regulation loss to 19 games by nipping the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in overtime. Marian Hossa scored the winner for the Blackhawks, who rallied back from a 2-1 deficit entering the third period. Jeff Petry and Nail Yakupov scored for the Oilers, while Nikolai Khabibulin made 31 saves in a losing cause.

Mikhail Grabovski celebrates his game-winning goal over the Flyers.

Mikhail Grabovski celebrates his game-winning goal over the Flyers.

TORONTO SUN/PHILLY.COM: The Toronto Maple Leafs held off a late charge by the Philadelphia Flyers to emerge with a 4-2 victory. Phil Kessel, Nikolai Kulemin, Mikhail Grabovski and Jay McClement tallied for the Leafs, and Ben Scrivens made 23 saves for the win. Flyers winger Scott Hartnell scored his first goal of the season, while Jakub Voracek continued his hot streak with two points

OTTAWA CITIZEN/LA PRESSE: Ben Bishop made 44 saves and Peter Regin scored the winner as the Ottawa Senators downed the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in a shootout. Dave Dziurzynski scored in regulation for the Senators, while Andrei Markov had the Canadiens only regulation goal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the fifth straight win for the injury-ravaged Senators, who are getting superb goaltending of late from Bishop while their younger players are also stepping up. Bishop was considered trade bait a month ago, but it’s safe to say he won’t be going anywhere for the time being.

WINNIPEG SUN: Dustin Byfuglien isn’t expected to miss any playing time after suffering a recent lower-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: We’ll find out soon enough if it affects his play.

CALGARY HERALD: Matt Stajan has regained his scoring touch playing for new head coach Bob Hartley.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Flames anemic offense, they need all the scoring they can get right now.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan, in Vancouver for an upcoming game against the Canucks, admitted he was “pretty close” to signing with the Canucks last summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s possible the Coyotes could be relocated if there’s no buyer for them this summer. Give Doan credit for wanting to stay with the Coyotes, but this could be their last season in Phoenix.


  1. It appears that the Hab posters are seemingly absent today…? I wasn’t planning to attend last nights game however was offered a ticket late in the day and decided to go. Glad I did, it was a fun atmosphere in the building with so many passionate fans for both teams attending. Montreal fan’s can be loud and boisterous however they are for the most part respectful and good natured.
    I think its safe to say that Ottawa fan’s are perhaps in a mild state of shock as to how well these mostly young Senator players have been performing. When will the bubble break? Not sure but as long as the goaltenders keep standing on their heads the team keeps finding ways to win. My feeling is that if Bishop eventually does gets moved in the future his asking price will be higher than it might have been a few weeks ago.

  2. Agreed Bishop is ever improving his price on the trade market. Guess it hurts the trade value of Bernier as not a lot of teams are looking for goalies at this point but Bishop is getting the chance to show his value and is doing really well and is only 2 years older than Bernier.
    Wonder if NJ would be looking? Brodeur is at the end of his career and while Hedberg has been a solid back-up is probably not starter material.