Jets shut out the Sabres, Habs fall apart against the Hurricanes, Flames lose to the Flyers, Oilers fall to Coyotes in overtime, analysis of Dion Phaneuf’s new contract, and updates on the Canucks and Senators.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets were the only Canadian team to win on New Year’s Eve, ending 2013 on a high note with a 3-0 shutout of the Buffalo Sabres. Al Montoya made 27 saves for the victory.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Montoya’s solid play could earn him more starts as the Jets try to gain ground in the standings.
LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens blew a 3-0 to fall 5-4 in overtime to the Carolina Hurricanes. The ‘Canes scored four straight goals to take a 4-3 lead until P.K. Subban’s tying goal forced overtime. Alexander Semin tallied in overtime for Carolina.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens have been sputtering since reeling off points in ten straight games about a month ago.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames fell 4-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flames has scored only once in their last three games.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers dropped a 4-3 decision in overtime to the Phoenix Coyotes, with Keith Yandle potting the winner with 6.5 seconds remaining in the extra frame.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve already given my assessment when the deal was announced. In short, I agree with Mirtle and Cox. Phaneuf’s critics and those of GM Dave Nonis will harp on this deal for years, unless he actually helps the Leafs end their 46 years-and-counting Stanley Cup drought. I consider it a better investment than what they sunk into signing David Clarkson.
VANCOUVER SUN: Iain MacIntyre believes the Canucks must play as well in the second half of the season as they did in the first.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Chris Phillips returns for the Senators game on Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets, but Jason Spezza and Chris Neil remain sidelined. Matt Stone was recalled from the minors.