Recaps of Thursday’s games involving Canadian NHL teams and more.
LA PRESSE/NEWSDAY: Three unanswered third period goals by Brian Gionta, P.K. Subban and Brendan Gallagher carried the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders. Subban responded with two goals after being bench briefly in the second period.
VANCOUVER SUN/ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Cory Schneider made 33 saves as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1, handing the Coyotes their fifth straight loss. Phoenix goalie Mike Smith left the game following the second period after Canucks defenseman Alex Edler collided with him behind the Coyotes net. Edler received a five-minute charging major.
BUFFALO NEWS/TORONTO SUN: Steve Ott scored the game-winner in the sixth round of the shootout as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs were without winger Joffrey Lupul, who was suspended for two games for an illegal check on Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman earlier in the week. Also, Mike Komisarek cleared waivers yesterday and agreed to report to the Toronto Marlies.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson wonders if the Oilers will give Nikolai Khabibulin the start in their upcoming game against the St. Louis Blues.