Recaps of last night’s games involving Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Khabibulin, Milan Michalek and Rene Bourque.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/NEW YORK POST: The Winnipeg Jets handed the NY Rangers their fourth straight loss with a 4-3 victory. Olli Jokinen and Evander Kane each scored twice as the Jets held off a late rally by the Rangers.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC/VANCOUVER PROVINCE. Kyle Chipchura scored twice and Mike Smith made 29 saves as the Phoenix Coyotes doubled up the Vancouver Canucks 4-2. Jason Garrison and Henrik Sedin tallied for the Canucks.
STARTRIBUNE.COM/CALGARY HERALD: The Calgary Flames inability to extend a 1-0 lead proved costly as the Minnesota Wild rallied to win the game 2-1 in overtime. Zach Parise netted the winner on a power-play for the Wild.
TORONTO STAR: Mikhail Grabovski is the Maple Leafs the Canadiens love to hate, in part because he has more points against them than any other team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Grabovski obviously gets motivated to beat his former club.
EDMONTON SUN: Nikolai Khabibulin’s recent strong play is complicating the Oilers goaltending picture.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t blame the coach for going with the hot hand.
OTTAWA SUN: Milan Michalek (knee) could return to the Senators lineup this weekend.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Rene Bourque has been sidelined by a concussion.