Recaps of Thursday’s games involving Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on the Calgary Flames.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE/DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler had two-point performances as the Vancouver Canucks held off the Dallas Stars 4-3. The Stars held 1-0 and 2-1 leads during the game, but three goals by Kevin Bieksa, Jason Garrison and Henrik Sedin rallied the Canucks to victory. Jamie Benn, Michael Ryder and Brenden Morrow scored for the Stars.
STARTRIBUNE.COM/EDMONTON JOURNAL: A suspect hit by Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall on Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck marred the Wild’s 3-1 win over the Oilers. Hall was ejected from the game for kneeing and is expected to face a league hearing
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be very surprised if Hall doesn’t receive a suspension for that hit.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/NEW YORK POST: The Ottawa Senators lost star goaltender Craig Anderson to a sprained ankle, but backup Ben Bishop held the fort as the Senators edged the NY Rangers 3-2 in a shootout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If it weren’t for bad luck, the Senators wouldn’t have any at all. Hopefully Anderson isn’t sidelined for long.
TORONTO STAR/BUFFALO NEWS: New Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston’s NHL debut wasn’t a happy one, as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Sabres 3-1. The Sabres took an early 1-0 lead, but the Leafs rallied back, buoyed by two goals from James van Riemsdyk. Ben Scrivens made 31 saves for the win.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Winnipeg Jets overcame the shock of losing defenseman Zack Redmond to a horrific leg injury during practice to nip the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3. Redmond required over three hours in surgery after a femoral artery was severed by a teammate’s skate blade.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was a freak accident. Redmond apparently wore Kevler socks but the cut was above the sock.Fortunately he was treated quickly for what was a life-threatening injury. His season is probably over.
NEWSDAY/MONTREAL GAZETTE: The NY Islanders overcame a 3-1 deficit to down the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in overtime. Thomas Hickey scored the game-winner, his first in the NHL. The loss snapped the Habs five-game winning streak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That same old problem of blowing leads continues to haunt the Habs. They dominated the Islanders until Matt Moulson’s late power-play goal in the second, which shifted the momentum. The Isles deserve full marks for not giving up.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames coach Bob Hartley called out his players for their soft play in their recent game against the LA Kings.