NHL Postseason Canadian Corner – Sunday, May 12, 2013.

Maple Leafs seeking their first home playoff win, the Senators to face the Penguins, Lars Eller talks about his playoff-ending injury, while Canucks fans should expect cheaper, lesser-talented players joining the club this summer.

The Maple Leafs still seek their first playoff home win.

The Maple Leafs still seek their first playoff home win.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs hope to stave off elimination tonight with their first home win of their series against the Boston Bruins. The Bruins lead the series three games to two, with both Leafs wins coming in Boston.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The fans at the ACC will be charged up tonight, hoping their energy lifts their Leafs to winning this game and forcing a series-deciding Game Seven in Boston on Monday.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Pittsburgh Penguins elimination of the NY Islander means they’ll now face the Ottawa Senators in the conference semifinal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Aside from the brief distraction of Senators owner Eugene Melnick’s quixotic attempt to prove Penguins forward Matt Cooke deliberately injured Senators star Erik Karlsson earlier this season, this series will be a clash of experienced offensive punch against a young, determined defense. The Senators saw how the Penguins struggled against the Islanders speed. The Penguins also didn’t face a goalie like Craig Anderson in their series against the Islanders, which is going to make the difference. Yep, I’m calling this one for the Senators in six.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller recently spoke with the media about his series-ending injury against the Ottawa Senators.  He claims to be feeling better but will undergo more neurological tests. He doesn’t remember the hit or being carried from the ice on a stretcher.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eller looked and sounded much better, and is expected to make a full recovery in time for next season. 

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Salary cap constraints means cheaper, lesser-talented players could be coming the Canucks way this summer.


  1. What a series! A walrus versus a team of Penguins!

  2. Regardless of how the Leafs – Bruins series plays out, I think the Leafs have successfully slain the Boston dragon. The B’s will not dominate Toronto like they have the past few years. In fact, the pendulum of success may begin to swing in the other direction.

  3. I’m hoping the penguins wake up and play like they can. I don’t think the sens will beat the pens in 6, but rather the other way around. They can solve Anderson and I think they will play better consistently.

  4. Proud of the Buds for forcing a Game 7…Even I, A fan of this ragtag bunch of MoFo’s, never thought it would get this far and yet here it is..Game 7..Monday Night..Winner takes all..Congrats Maple Leafs,,no matter what. You have exceeded all of what I, and many others too, thought you would/could do. Good luck my team and lets do this again; karma willing; in the next round