Canadiens win a thriller over the Senators, Jets soar over the Flames, Canucks narrowly lose to the Coyotes, Oilers fall to the Wild, and examining why the Maple Leafs are doing well in shootouts this season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Ottawa Senators rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead but a flukey goal off the skate of Sens defenseman Jared Cowen tied the game for the Montreal Canadiens, setting the stage for P.K. Subban’s overtime goal as the Habs eked out a 5-4 win. Carey Price made 44 saves for the win.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price couldn’t be faulted for the numerous defensive breakdowns by his teammates in this one. If not for him, the Senators would’ve won this entertaining game.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/CALGARY SUN: The Winnipeg Jets won their second straight game under new coach Paul Maurice, downing the Calgary Flames 5-2, handing the Flames their franchise record seventh-straight home ice loss.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not trying to rain on the Jets parade, but the true test under Maurice comes when they face stiffer competition.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks scoring woes continued, falling 1-0 to the Phoenix Coyotes.
EDMONTON SUN: New Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens got a taste of the Oilers lousy defense as the Minnesota Wild beat him four times on route to a 4-1 victory.
TORONTO STAR: Analysis of why the Maple Leafs lead the league in shootout wins this season. Among the factors are goaltenders Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer play well in shootouts, while Joffrey Lupul and James van Riemsdyk have been reliable shooters for the Leafs.