Recaps of Sunday’s games involving Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on Jarome Iginla, Guillaume Latendresse, Phil Kessel and more.
LA PRESSE/MIAMI HERALD: Michael Ryder scored twice and P.K. Subban had three assists as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Florida Panthers 5-2. The win kept the Canadiens atop the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
EDMONTON JOURNAL/CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Edmonton Oilers ran up an early 4-0 lead over the Chicago Blackhawks, then held on for a 6-5 win. Sam Gagner led the way for the Oilers with two goals. Patrick Kane also scored twice for the Blackhawks. The Oilers overcame the loss of goalie Devan Dubnyk, who was forced to leave the game with a wrenched neck. It’s not expected to sideline him for their next game on Tuesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks have now only won three of their last ten games, while the surging Wild have won seven of their last ten.
CALGARY SUN: A recent Sun poll of Calgary Flames fans revealed 80 percent believe it’s time for Jarome Iginla to move on. The long-time Flames captain is in the final year of his contract and eligible for UFA status this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Does the Flames front office feel the same way? And would Iginla accept a trade?
TORONTO SUN: The burden of carrying the Maple Leafs into the playoffs will continue to be carried by Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Guillaume Latendresse could be close to returning to the lineup. Latendresse has been sidelined since January 30 to concussion-like symptoms.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Milan Michalek already returned, Jason Spezza possibly returning later this month, and Latendresse soon to return, the Senators might not need to go shopping for scoring depth by the trade deadline.