Recaps of games involving Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on the Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Oilers and Senators.
CALGARY HERALD/DALLAS STARS: Third period goals by Roman Horak, Matt Stajan and Steve Begin (their first goals of the season) rallied the Calgary Flames from a 3-1 deficit to down the Dallas Stars 4-3. It was a big win for the Flames, giving them a .500 record (5-5-3) and moving them to within three points of eighth overall in the Conference.
STLTODAY.COM/VANCOUVER SUN: TJ Oshie and Andy McDonald scored in the shootout as the St. Louis Blues nipped the Vancouver Canucks 4-3. Ryan Kesler scored his first NHL goal of the season for the Canucks in his second game since returning from off-season surgeries.
BOSTON GLOBE/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Brad Marchand’s power-play goal early in the third period proved to be the winner as the Boston Bruins downed the Winnipeg Jets 3-2. It was the Jets fourth straight loss at home, who’ve won only three of their last ten games to sink to 14th overall in the Eastern Conference.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher could return sooner than expected after suffering a concussion in Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Gallagher reportedly felt better on Sunday but the Canadiens intend to follow league protocol for concussion injuries. Max Pacioretty and Colby Armstrong, who were also injured in the Flyers games, skated Sunday and are expected to play today when the Habs face the Carolina Hurricanes.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle is gaining trust in enforcers Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’re certainly giving the Leafs that truculence former GM Brian Burke promised he’d bring to the team.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson wonders if Nikolai Khabibulin’s stellar relief play against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday will result in more playing time for the veteran netminder.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Devan Dubnyk remains the Oilers starter, but it might not be a bad idea to give Khabibulin a few more starts.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Mark Sutcliffe examines just how devastating the loss of Erik Karlsson to a season-ending injury will be upon the Senators.