NHL Canadien Corner – April 22, 2014

Canadiens poised to eliminate the Lightning, some Senators fans hope to rally for Jason Spezza, Oilers defenseman Anton Belov returns to the KHL, plus the latest on the Canucks and Flames.

The Montreal Canadiens practice yesterday preparing for Game Four tonight against the Lightning.

The Montreal Canadiens practice yesterday preparing for Game Four tonight against the Lightning.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/TAMPA TRIBUNE: The Canadiens balanced offense and improved even-strength play has them poised to eliminate the Tampa Bay Lightning, whose captain Steven Stamkos is expected to play in Game Three following concerns he suffered a concussion in Game Two.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Canadiens clinch the series in Game Four, it’ll mark the first time in 21 years they swept a playoff series. 

OTTAWA SUN: Several Senators fans hope to stage a rally to convince Senators management not to trade captain Jason Spezza.

EDMONTON SUN: Former Oilers defenseman Anton Belov has returned to the KHL, telling the Russian media he didn’t want to play again for Oilers coach Dallas Eakins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No great loss for the Oilers. Belov was under a one-year contract and is eligible for UFA status this summer. His NHL debut was a disappointing one, with seven points in 57 games and a plus/minus of -12.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks young defenseman Frank Corrado and winger Nicklas Jensen showed some promise this season.

CALGARY HERALD: Former Flames Rhett Warrener, Craig Conroy, Martin Gelinas and Chris Clark reflect back on their run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2004.