Roberto Luongo sets Canucks record…Canadiens down the Leafs…Olli Jokinen talks about his sobriety…Senators not pleased referee called Erik Karlsson a “diver”…Jets Evander Kane sidelined…Oilers decline continues.
BACKHAND SHELF: Roberto Luongo set the Vancouver Canucks team record for most victories by a goaltender, backstopping the Canucks to a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks. He also hold the same record with the Florida Panthers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to Luongo, and hopefully his achievement will be appreciated by those Canucks fans still bitter over his performance in last spring’s Cup Final.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Carey Price made 32 saves and Rene Bourque got his first goal as a Canadien, as the Habs downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox suggests another lost season is looming for the Maple Leafs, who’ve failed to gain ground in the standings of late.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leafs fans likely won’t be pleased with Cox’s pessimism, but he’s making a valid point about their performance of late. There’s still plenty of time for the Leafs to improve and clinch a berth, but they shouldn’t lose games to lesser clubs at this point in the season as they did last night against Montreal.
CALGARY SUN: Olli Jokinen credits his six years of sobriety for the upswing in his career.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s rare an active player talks about an alcohol abuse problem. Jokinen’s candor on the subject is refreshing, and hopefully will encourage other players suffering with the same problem to address it.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators coach Paul MacLean leaped to the defense of blueliner Erik Karlsson, who was called a”diver” by referee Dan O’Rourke during the Senators loss yesterday to the Anaheim Ducks.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Evander Kane has been sidelined indefinitely with a concussion.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kane has struggled at times this season, but his absence will be felt by the Jets.
EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones scolds the Oilers after yet another loss to the Calgary Flames.