The Flames down the Oilers again…Canucks defeat Senators…Kaberle stars in his debut with Canadiens…Jets thumped by Red Wings…Leafs brutal penalty kill.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators lost a scrappy affair to the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 4-1.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Tony Gallagher suggests Canucks fans should enjoy how well the team is playing at this current point.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It wasn’t that long ago when the Canucks were in the midst of rebuilding after missing the playoffs in two of the first three seasons following the lockout. They’re now among the dominant clubs in the NHL, and remain a serious Cup contender. Enjoy the ride, Canucks fans, you never know how long it’ll last, or when it could end.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Tomas Kaberle had a solid debut with the Canadiens, setting up both goals as the Habs edged the New Jersey Devils 2-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t expect that same output in every game, but if Kaberle can contribute positively in most of the Habs games this season, his acquisition could turn out to be a good thing in the long run. For now, consensus remains Habs GM Pierre Gauthier panicked, so Kaberle will have to play well consistently throughout the rest of this season to change that opinion.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets four-game winning streak came to a rude end in Detroit, as they were thumped 7-1 by the Red Wings.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs have the second-worst penalty kill in the league, a contributing factor in their dropping four of their last five games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For all the talk of the Leafs looking for a second line center, perhaps there’s a greater need for a good penalty-killing center?