Dion Phaneuf makes up for his gaffe in Game Four, Jason Spezza returns to practice, Carey Price muses on his present and future, and Alex Burrows laments his club’s inability to close games out.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, the goat of Game Four for an ill-timed pinch leading to the Bruins overtime winner, was among the heroes in the Leafs 2-1 victory over the Bruins, deflecting Nazem Kadri’s shot for the game-opening goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some pundits and Leafs fans screaming for Phaneuf’s head after Game Four have been very quiet since Game Six. Wonder why?
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators center Jason Spezza has returned to practice with his teammates, but continues to proceed with caution as he works himself back into game shape. Spezza’s been sidelined since early February recovering from back surgery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite the caution, this bodes well for a possible return to the lineup at some point in their upcoming series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price recently met with the Montreal media to reflect on the past season and his hopes for the future. Despite his inconsistencies and acknowledging the difficulty of a fishbowl existence in Montreal, Price believes he can help the Canadiens win a Stanley Cup, accepting the pressure which comes with his job.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Habs fans want Price dealt this summer, but that’s not gonna happen. The Habs have invested long-term in Price and will stick with him going forward. He must, however, work harder to overcome the inconsistency which has dogged him in his previous six seasons. At 25, Price still has time to develop into a reliable, proven playoff performer.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Alex Burrows lamented his team’s inability to close games out, calling it “frustrating, disappointing and embarrassing”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Canucks critics are suggesting Burrows was part of the problem and wonder if he’s still a good fit on the first line with the Sedins. I doubt he gets moved as his new four-year contract begins next season, but it’ll be interesting to see what his role will be next season, especially if Alain Vigneault is replaced as head coach.