Maple Leafs down the Sabres, Jets defeat the Wild, Oilers blank the Flames, Senators beaten by Bruins, an update on Roberto Luongo and the Canadiens hit the road following their Christmas break.
TORONTO STAR: Joffrey Lupul scored in a shootout as the Maple Leafs nipped the lowly Buffalo Sabres 4-3. It was also reported Friday Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf was on the verge of re-signing with Toronto. Phaneuf declined to comment while his agent claimed they were still working on a new deal with the Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed Phaneuf’s new deal could be finalized before the Winter Classic on January 1.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Al Montoya made 22 of 23 saves helping the Jets overcome an early 3-2 deficit to defeat the Minnesota Wild 6-4. Montoya relieved struggling starter Ondrej Pavelec midway through the first period.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pavelec’s inconsistency is among the reasons for the Jets’ inability to become a playoff contender.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Boston Bruins overcome a poor first period performance to maul the Senators 5-0.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo will miss 7-10 days with a suspected groin injury.
LA PRESSE; After a five-day Christmas break the Montreal Canadiens hit the road to face the Tampa Bay Lightning.