Leafs fall to the Devils…An update on Senators defenseman Filip Kuba…Jets drop a wild one to the Flyers…Oilers hand Flames a rare home loss…Canucks shut down by Predators…Flu hampers Canadiens in loss to Stars.
TORONTO SUN: Time is running out for the Maple Leafs to sort out their problems, especially their goaltending. The Leafs fell 3-2 to the New Jersey Devils in OT, with goalie Jonas Gustavsson the goat, allowing three questionable goals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: GM Brian Burke has stubbornly stuck by his goaltenders, but it’s obvious they’re not good enough to carry the Leafs to a playoff berth. Forget Rick Nash or Jeff Carter, the Maple Leafs desperately need help between the pipes.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators GM Bryan Murray will probably let defenseman Filip Kuba walk via this summer’s UFA market, but has no plans to move him at the trade deadline.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets proved their coach Claude Noel’s claim they should avoid firewagon hockey right, as they dropped a wild one in OT to the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the Jets do need to score more, they can’t play “run-and-gun” and get away with it. They need to find the right balance between their defense and offense.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Nashville Predators stifled the Canucks offense to grind out a 3-1 victory.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks better get used to seeing more of this, as these two clubs could clash again in the playoffs.
LA PRESSE: Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth didn’t want to find excuses for his club’s listless 3-0 loss to the Dallas Stars, but he pointed out 8 regulars were suffering from the flu.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Habs fans were upset with former Canadien Mike Ribeiro for showboating during his post-game first star announcement in his first game back in Montreal since he was dealt to the Stars in 2006. If the Canadiens had played better, perhaps Ribeiro wouldn’t have had anything to “showboat” about.