The Maple Leafs down the Senators…Canucks edge Blue Jackets…Canadiens fall to Islanders in a shootout…Baertschi makes positive impression…Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins give opponents fits…Jets’ Stuart fined.
TORONTO STAR/OTTAWA SUN: The Maple Leafs surprised the high-flying Senators, downing them 3-1 on Ottawa ice, in a fight-filled game where there were obviously more Leafs fans in attendance than Senators fans.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The good news for Canucks fans: your team won, and Cory Schneider was in goal. The bad news? He let in three stoppable shots as the Canucks barely beat the dead-last Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3. Yes, that’s probably due to Schneider’s inactivity of late, but it’s also reflective of the fact the Canucks recent woes are more of a team issue.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The NY Islanders sent the Canadiens back into the basement of the Eastern Conference, downing the Habs in a shootout 3-2.
CALGARY HERALD: Sven Baertschi may have been returned to the WHL, but his positive impression during his short time with the Flames won’t be forgotten.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The chemistry between Oilers young guns Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins continues to give opponents fits.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Mark Stuart was fined $2,500.00 for his late hit on Marcus Johansson during Friday’s Capitals-Jets game.