Recaps of Tuesday’s games between the Senators-Capitals, Canadiens-Jets and Maple Leafs-Sabres, plus the latest on the Flames, Oilers and Canucks.
OTTAWA SUN/WASHINGTON POST: The Ottawa Senators overcome a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Washington Capitals 3-2. Milan Michalek and Sergei Gonchar scored the game-tying and winning goals respectively, and goaltender Craig Anderson made 31 saves for the win. Troy Brouwer and Matt Hendricks tallied for the Capitals, dropping their record to 1-4-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators keep chugging along, silencing the critics who thought opponents would be better prepared for the Sens this season. The Capitals, meanwhile, continue to struggle under new head coach Adam Oates. Washington superstar Alexander Ovechkin was held off the scoresheet in this one. If the Capitals to snap out of their early season fun, they need Ovechkin to find the back of the net more often.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/WINNIPEG SUN: The Montreal Canadiens squandered a two-goal lead, then overcame a one-goal deficit to nip the Winnipeg Jets 4-3. Habs rookies Brendan Gallagher (1G, 1A) and Alexander Galchenyuk (two assists) continue to impress. Nik Antropov and Olli Jokinen got their first goals of the season in a losing cause for the Jets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen how Gallagher and Galchenyuk perform over the course of this season, but so far they’re justifying the club’s faith in them.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL/THE BUFFALO NEWS: Matt Frattin scored with two seconds remaining in overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The game-winner was Frattin’s second of the game. Jay McClement and Cody Franson potted their first goals of the season for the Leafs, while James Reimer made 29 saves for the win. Jason Pominville, Andrej Sekera and Mikhail Grigorenko scored for the Sabres.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers defenseman Justin Shultz could qualify for rookie of the year honors in the NHL and AHL this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’ll face stiffer competition in the NHL, where Tampa Bay’s Cory Conacher, St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko, Montreal’s Alex Galchenyk and Brendan Gallagher, and Boston’s Dougie Hamilton could give Schultz a run for his money. Still, it would be quite the achievement if he were able to win that honor in both leagues.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford reports the Canucks slow start to this season isn’t as bad as in previous years.
CALGARY HERALD: A leg injury has sidelined Flames rookie Sven Baertschi.