NHL Postseason Canadian Corner – Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Erik Karlsson continues to struggle, Jason Spezza could return to the Senators for Game Three against the Penguins, Alex Edler suspended from the World Hockey Championships, Canadiens coach snubbed for the Adams trophy, and speculation over who the Leafs could select with their first round pick this year.

Sidney Crosby blows by a struggling Erik Karlsson in Game Two.

Sidney Crosby blows by a struggling Erik Karlsson in Game Two.

OTTAWA CITIZEN/OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson is still struggling to regain his form, while Jason Spezza could return to the Senators lineup for Game Three of their series against the Penguins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s not Karlsson’s fault. He’s still not fully recovered from the severed Achilles tendon. That he’s even playing at this point is amazing, but he won’t be fully recovered until the start of next season. As for Spezza, his return could provide a welcome boost to the Sens offense, but like Karlsson, he’s recovering from a serious injury, and isn’t fully back in game shape. Sens fans should keep their expectations low.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler has been suspended by the IIHF for the remainder of the World Hockey Championships following his knee-on-knee hit on Canadian forward Eric Staal.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was passed over as a finalist for the Adams Trophy.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering how the Canadiens improved this season, I was surprised Therrien wasn’t among the finalists.

TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox wonders if the Maple Leafs would select Max Domi with their first round pick in this year’s draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Max is the son of former Leafs enforcer Tie Domi, and is considerably more skilled than his father. 


  1. When the Leafs hit the podium to make their pick I doubt Domi is still available.

    • I hope he isn’t, because if he is we will be told over and over by EVERY “Canadian” hockey media expert that it is the biggest steal in the history of the draft, blah, blah, blah.

      Imagine the hype.

  2. Karlsson is playing okay on the offense.. but defensively he has been nothing short of a nightmare. His injured leg is hampering his ability to be any way defensive. On that first Crosby goal last night.. he was utterly disgraceful..

    That’s why he spent quite of few shifts on the bench in period 2 and as best as McLean could control never played against Crosby after the 1st period.

    Lehner played really well in the about 2 periods played … allowing only 1 goal and make some terrific saves.
    Anderson, though he is responsible for getting the Sens to where they are.. he appears to be rattled and losing his focus. We have never seen him play under the extreme pressure he has to in this series. Against Mtl — the pressure wasn’t as high. Now we know Lehner can handle the pressure of the big games. He did that in the AHL during their Calder Cup winning run. In the first series, he came in the lineup in game 5 with his team down 3-1 and won three straight games… all in OT to win that series… He was in the net for every game thereafter (he was only 19 yrs old).. I know the AHL is not the NHL… but the pressure is still there.

    They are making Crosby’s game very easy for him. They give him too much room to make plays. They need to hit him and often. But then again it seems, anytime Crosby is touched, the Sens end up in the box. Seems like the refs consider him untouchable..

    Spezza’s return certainly can’t hurt that awful PP. Now 5 on 5 — I’m not sure how he will be. At least he has no leg injuries and if his back is healed.. then he should be okay.. but his timing will be off.

    Pitts has injured him twice in the last few years. One dislocated shoulder courtesy of a hit from behind by Letang into the boards.. for which he was not penalized. Then they did the final damage to his back this season..

    Hoping for a win… but I’m not sure if Andy is the goalie to do that..

  3. it would be interesting to see the Jets select Domi and line up with Scheifele and Kane right out of camp.