Recaps of Thursday’s games featuring Canadian NHL teams plus the latest on Jason Spezza and Miikka Kiprusoff.
BOSTON GLOBE/TORONTO STAR: The Boston Bruins continued their mastery over the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 4-2 victory. Tyler Seguin led the way with two goals for the Bruins, while Nazem Kardi and Jay McClement tallied for the Leafs.
WINNIPEG SUN/TAMPA TRIBUNE: Bryan Little snapped a 1-1 tie to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 win over the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning. Eric Tangradi also scored for the Jets, while Steven Stamkos notched the Lightning’s only goal.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators could welcome back injured center Jason Spezza in two-three weeks. Spezza is recovering from back surgery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The original prognosis was the end of April, so this is indeed pleasant news for the Senators, who’ve been struggling offensively since Spezza and Erik Karlsson (who’s out for the season to a sliced Achilles tendon) were sidelined last month.
CALGARY SUN: Miikka Kiprusoff showed no lingering effects from the knee injury which sidelined him for over two weeks in his first game back, a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I’ve noted before, the Flames playoff hopes rest on a healthy Kiprusoff playing at the top of his game.