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.
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.