Recaps of Monday’s games involving NHL Canadian teams, plus the latest on the Oilers, Jets and Canucks.
LA PRESSE/NEWOBSERVER.COM: The Montreal Canadiens scored three goals in the third period to snap a scoreless tie and blank the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0. Peter Budaj made his second straight start, turning aside 19 shots for the shutout, while Max Pacioretty’s first goal of the season was a weird one, as his harmless shot from center fooled Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward. It was the Habs fourth straight win since being humbled 6-0 by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
TORONTO SUN/MIAMI HERALD: Ben Scrivens made 37 saves for his second straight shutout as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Florida Panthers 3-0. Phil Kessel, Nazem Kadri and Clarke MacArthur were the goal-scorers for the Leafs, who’ve now won seven of their last ten games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Scrivens has so far answered the questions over how he’d perform with James Reimer on the sidelined. Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis recently told TSN’s Dave Naylor he’s on the lookout for an experienced goalie. With Scrivens playing as well as he has, there’s no rush to make a move.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/NORTHJERSEY.COM: Jakob Silfverberg scored in a shootout as the Ottawa Senators nipped the New Jersey Devils 2-1. Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson’s third period goal sent the game into extra time. Ben Bishop made 30 saves in regulation and overtime for the win.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a big win for a Senators team reeling from losing superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson to a season-ending injury.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC/CALGARY HERALD: Danny Taylor’s debut as a Calgary Flame was a rough one, as the Phoenix Coyotes struck for four goals to down the Flames 4-0. Coyotes goalie Mike Smith made 30 saves for the shutout, while teammates Keith Yandle, Mikkel Boedker, Raffi Torres and Antoine Vermette were the Coyotes goalscorers.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers rookie Nail Yakupov doesn’t expect to receive any retaliation from the LA Kings when the two clubs square off tonight. Some Kings weren’t pleased with Yakupov’s celebration following his late game-tying goal in their first encounter this season.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait wonders if the current struggles of the Winnipeg Jets might force GM Kevin Cheveldayoff into shaking things up with a major trade.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets need to do something. They’ve struggled since January and are in danger of falling too far behind in the playoff race.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Winger David Booth has returned to the Canucks lineup, forcing the team to place Andrew Ebbett on waivers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ryan Kesler also recently returned from injury, so it’ll be interesting to see what impact their respective returns will have on the Canucks offense.