Analysis of Canada’s semifinal victory over the United States, plus the latest news from the seven Canadian NHL teams.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Eric Duhatschek with analysis on Canada’s 1-0 victory over the United States in Olympic semifinal action on Friday. Canada will face Sweden on Sunday in the gold medal game.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks captain Henrik Sedin (rib injury) and defenseman Kevin Bieksa (foot fracture) returned to practice yesterday. Both will be back in the lineup when the NHL schedule resumes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s good news for the Canucks, who hope to reverse a stretch which saw them win only four of their last 20 games before the Olympic break.
WINNIPEG SUN: It’s the all-round play of Jets captain Andrew Ladd which make him invaluable to his club.
NATIONAL POST: Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov hopes to return to the Leafs after this season. Komarov headed to the KHL after failing to reach an agreement on a new contract with the Leafs last summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs could use Komarov’s energy and grit. I believe they would’ve been better off re-signing Komarov to an affordable extension last summer rather than wasting money signing David Clarkson.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Ageing Oilers forward Ryan Smyth is using his smarts and experience to off-set his fading skills.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon believes he’s got a couple of NHL seasons left in his 38-year-old body.
CALGARY SUN: Flames forward Joe Colborne was honored by the Alberta town where he played his junior hockey.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators have upped the intensity of their practices as the end of the Olympic break draws near.