Ben Scrivens has record-setting shutout against the Sharks, Canucks fall to the Blackhawks, Senators sign lucrative broadcasting deal, the latest on Jonathan Bernier and Mikael Backlund plus updates on the Canadiens and Jets.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens set two records backstopping his club to a 3-0 upset of the San Jose Sharks. His 59 saves set a new club record plus a new post-expansion NHLrecord for most saves in a regulation shutout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An impressive effort by Scrivens, whose defense was for the most part invisible in that game. Hopefully this will be something he can build on for a new contract with the Oilers.
VANCOUVER SUN: Brandon Saad scored twice as the Chicago Blackhawks overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Canucks 5-2.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators announced a new 12-year, $400 million broadcasting deal with Bell Media. Bruce Garrioch reports team president Cyril Leeder said the new deal will allow the Senators to spend more on its payroll, but THE OTTAWA CITIZEN’s James Bagnall cites team owner Eugene Melnyk saying the new deal is no excuse for a spending spree.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Melnyk goes on to say the new deal will allow his club to spend competitively on players, so he’s not going to be a tightwad, but don’t expect them to get into bidding wars for the top free agent talent or to overspend to retain their best players. This deal is an important one for the Senators, which will significantly boost their revenue.
TORONTO SUN: Jonathan Bernier has virtually locked up the Maple Leafs’ starting goalie role.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames center Mikael Backlund remains on a roll after being a healthy scratch earlier in the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Under former GM Jay Feaster Backlund’s name was bandied about as trade bait back in November. Backlund’s improvement could convince president of hockey operations Brian Burke to retain the young center.
LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens will seek consecutive wins for the first time in this new year when they face off tonight against the Boston Bruins.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets young players are earning praise from new coach Paul Maurice.