NHL Canadian Corner – Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

Recaps of the Bruins-Senators and Kings-Flames games, plus the latest on P.K. Subban, Kevin Bieksa, Joffrey Lupul, Claude Noel and Mike Brown.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask stymies Kaspar Daugavin's unique shootout attempt.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask stymies Kaspars Daugavin’s unique shootout attempt.

BOSTON GLOBE/OTTAWA SUN: David Krejci scored the shootout winner as the Boston Bruins edged the Ottawa Senators 3-2. The game was also notable for a unique attempt at a shootout goal by Kaspars Daugavin of the Senators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I give Daugavin credit for creativity. The attempt failed, but only because Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made a terrific leg save.

LOS ANGELES TIMES/CALGARY SUN: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick had a strong game and Dustin Brown scored twice as the surging LA Kings (winners of 9 of their last 11 games) downed the floundering Calgary Flames 3-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Earth to Flames management. Earth to Flames management. Your long-overdue, constantly postponed rebuild must commence now. The Flames are a team going nowhere fast, and it’s time to peddle Jarome Iginla, Miikka Kiprusoff and Jay Bouwmeester for the best returns possible while they still have decent trade value.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien praised P.K. Subban’s continual improvement this season, believing the blueliner is playing his best hockey.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Subban has 12 points in his last ten games. Turns out playing for Therrien isn’t a problem for the skilled, flashy defenseman after all.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks are missing sidelined defenseman Kevin Bieksa. They’ve been slumping since he suffered a groin injury.

THE GLOBE & MAIL: Injured Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul is nearing a return.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Don’t expect the inconsistent Jets to replace head coach Claude Noel.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: New Oilers enforcer Mike Brown made a positive impression during the club’s recent 6-5 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.


  1. Hi Lyle, Keep up the great work as usual.

    What are your thoughts on the Habs trading for Ryane Clowe and a Big stay at home Defender a la Shane O’brien or someone like him?
    I have heard that Troy Brower might be available? I know that George Parros is not a likely target but the Habs need to deal with the that Cromag clown Chara once and for all! Any thoughts on possible enforcers (i know it is not likely)?

    Thanks in advance :-)


    • I could see the Habs going for another big, physical forward by the deadline, provided they don’t overpay. I don’t think they’d have interest in a one-dimensional goon, but rather someone like Clowe.

  2. The Canucks are floundering and the coach is not the man to right the ship. He has created a country club atmosphere in Vancouver and now that he finally recognizes that the power play is in the dumper he makes the team do push ups. Yep, that’ll fix the problems with the man advantage situation.
    He has a defenseman Garrison, who scored a number of power play goals with Florida but the coach doesn’t use him on the number one power play.???
    He started th year off with Kassian playing with the Sedin’s and quite successfully I might add but now has the big guy on the third or fourth line.???
    It’s time for a shake up in Raincouver and it should start behind the bench and then to the guys that sit on it.

  3. Good attempt by Daug last night.. Too bad he didn’t score. He got the puck on net however, better than Silfverberg or Alfie did…

    I know a lot of fans did not like that.. but he’s isn’t the first player to do a spin-o-rama in the shootout.. but the stick on the puck sure was different.

    These undermanned Sens have played a healthy Bruins team twice and have taken them to OT or a SO both times. They don’t have a heavyweight fighter in the lineup.

    I don’t see why the Habs need another ‘enforcer’ just to play the Bruins. They have Prust who is tough but is a good player. Colby Armstrong is tough as well.. The Habs are playing extremely well — they don’t need to add anybody.

    As for Calgary.. they are only fooling themselves if they think they can turn this around without a partial re-build/re-tool. The Sens did that about 2 yrs ago. They realized they were ‘spinning their wheels’ and not really advancing or improving. Murray & Company made the decision to deal some players away… some popular team players for draft picks. They ended up with 12 draft picks that year.. and got 3 first round picks out of that. The one difference is the Sens had young prospects in the AHL that could fill in the lineup… I don’t know if Calgary has that right now.