Recaps of the last games of February 2013 involving Canadian NHL teams, and the latest on Michael Ryder.
TORONTO SUN/NEWSDAY: Nazem Kadri got his first NHL hat trick and Dion Phaneuf scored in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the New York Islanders 5-4. The loss gives the Islanders a home record of 2-9-1.
DENVER POST/CALGARY HERALD: First, the Colorado Avalanche blocked the Calgary Flames attempt to sign Ryan O’Reilly to an offer sheet by matching it, then the Avalanche rallied back from 3-0 and 4-2 deficits to beat the Flames 5-4 in overtime.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: February 28, 2013, could go down in Flames history as the moment when ownership and management finally faced up to reality that their team just isn’t very good, and must be rebuilt. They failed to land O’Reilly, and one has to think Jarome Iginla could be giving some serious thought about his future in Calgary.
BOSTON GLOBE/OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Boston Bruins snapped the Ottawa Senators five-game winning streak, as Patrice Bergeron scored in overtime to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory. It was the Bruins fifth straight win.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tough loss for the injury-ravaged Senators, but they still earned a point against a very tough opponent, and remain very much in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff standings.
EDMONTON JOURNAL/DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Edmonton Oilers got their first win in Dallas since December 8, 2006, beating the Stars 5-1. Ales Hemsky led the way with a goal and two assists, while Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves for the win.
LA PRESSE: A matured, experienced Michael Ryder is rejoining the Montreal Canadiens.