Oilers rally to edge Canucks, Sharks down Flames, plus the latest on the other Canadian NHL teams.
EDMONTON JOURNAL/VANCOUVER SUN: The Edmonton Oilers overcame a 2-0 deficit to nip the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in a shootout. Ales Hemsky scored the game-tying goal and the shootout winner. Roberto Luongo made 32 saves for the Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luongo looked better than Cory Schneider did in the Canucks home-opening loss on Saturday. That’ll keep the goaltending controversy churning in Vancouver.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS/CALGARY HERALD: The Calgary Flames couldn’t maintain their sizzling first period pace, as the Sharks overcame a 1-0 deficit to march on to a 4-1 victory. Sharks goalie Antti Niemi made 15 of his 31 saves in the first period, Patrick Marleau scored twice, and the two Joes (Thornton and Pavelski) collected two assists each. Lee Stempniak potted the Flames only goal.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox evaluates the Maple Leafs re-signing yesterday of winger Joffrey Lupul to a five-year, $26.25 million contract.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Jack Todd believes the Canadiens are missing P.K. Subban’s “pizzazz”. Subban and Canadiens management remain locked in contract negotiations with no indication a deal could be coming soon.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Subban’s absence wasn’t the main reason in the Canadiens flat performance in their home-opening loss to Toronto on Saturday, but it was an contributing factor.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators intend to start Craig Anderson in goal when they face off against the Florida Panthers on Monday.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets hope to improve their road record, which was among the league’s worst last season.