Recaps of Tuesday’s games involving Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on the Canucks, Oilers and Canadiens.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/BUFFALO NEWS: The Ottawa Senators took a 4-1 lead and held off a late charge by the Buffalo Sabres for a 4-3 win. Daniel Alfredsson and Erik Karlsson were among the Senators goals-scorers, while Tyler Ennis, Jordan Leopold and Jason Pominville tallied for the Sabres.
TORONTO SUN/WASHINGTON POST: James van Riemsdyk scored twice and Phil Kessel had two assists as the Toronto Maple Leafs nipped the struggling Washington Capitals 3-2. Ben Scrivens made 24 saves for the win. Mike Ribeiro and Marcus Johansson scored for the Capitals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kessel has yet to score a goal this season, but has been contributing in other ways, especially in the play-making department. Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin’s offensive woes continue, as he had only one assist in this game.
CALGARY HERALD/DETROIT NEWS: Jarome Iginla scored his first of the season as the Calgary Flames dumped the Detroit Red Wings 4-1. It was a costly win as starting goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was forced from the game with a lower-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kiprusoff is to be re-evaluated today. If it’s a serious injury, it could be a death blow to their season. “Kipper” has been a workhorse between the pipes, while backup Leland Irving has little NHL experience.
WINNIPEG SUN/MIAMI HERALD: Bryan Little scored the overtime winner as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Florida Panther 3-2. Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart scored the other Jets goals, while Jonathan Huberdeau and Tomas Fleischmann scored for the Panthers.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Tony Gallagher believes the more games the Canucks win now, it could help currently-sidelined Ryan Kesler be at his best come playoff time.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Mounting injuries have the Oilers facing their first crisis of the season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens rookie Brendan Gallagher is looking forward to his first meeting with the Boston Bruins.