In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: The Maple Leafs drop a lackluster game to the Senators…Canucks Ryan Kesler continues to work on his recovery…Smyth and Nugent-Hopkins scoring most of Edmonton’s goals…Max Pacioretty comes through in OT for Canadiens…Several expensive Flames are healthy scratches…Jets defenseman accepts responsibility for his team’s loss to Columbus.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nick Foligno potted two goals for the Sens, who snapped a five-game losing skid, while the Leafs dropped their third game in their last five, and looked listless in most of this one.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ryan Kesler continues to work on improving his speed and snap-shot as his recovery from off-season surgery continues.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s going to probably take until mid-season for Kesler to finally round back into form.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers are getting the bulk of their scoring from rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and veteran Ryan Smyth, leading head coach Tom Renney to call on his other forwards to step up their performances.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rival teams have undoubtedly noticed this and will start keying in on those two in future games.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Max Pacioretty was the hero for the Canadiens, potting the OT winner in the Habs 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A beautiful goal by Pacioretty, who snapped a high wrister over the shoulder of a startled Pekka Rinne just under the crossbar. Honorable mention to P.K. Subban with a nice set up on the goal.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames have a lot of money sitting in the press box of late in Matt Stajan and Cory Sarich, who earn a combined $7.1 million, plus an additional $3 million on waivers in Niklas Hagman.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Mark Stuart accepted blame for his inability to prevent the Columbus Blue Jackets from scoring their two goals in their 2-1 win over the Jets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nice of Stuart to take the blame, but it’s not his fault. If his teammates, especially the scoring forwards, had done a better job, nobody would’ve remembered Stuart’s “gaffes”.