The Maple Leafs down the Oilers in overtime, the Canadiens defeat the Canucks, the Sharks beat the Senators, plus the latest on the Jets and Flames.
TORONTO STAR/EDMONTON JOURNAL: Dave Bolland scored in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 in a game which featured plenty of offense, sloppy defense and inconsistent goaltending. The Oilers made winger Nail Yakupov a healthy scratch for the first time in his brief NHL career.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yakupov was pointless in his first four games. Coach Dallas Eakins was sending a message that not only does he expect better from Yakupov, but no one is above being scratched from the lineup.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: A flukey goal accredited to Lars Eller proved the winner as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Vancouver Canucks 4-1. Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis was the scapegoat as the puck slipped off his stick and bounced off goalie Roberto Luongo’s skate into the net.
OTTAWA SUN: The San Jose Sharks stretched their season-opening record to 5-0-0 downing the Ottawa Senators 3-2. The win proved costly, as Sharks forward Tomas Hertl left the game for observation following a collision with Senators forward Clarke MacArthur.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word how long Hertl could be sidelined. The hit was neither malicious or targeted.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets are talking a good game but so far it hasn’t translated into wins during their three-game losing skid.
CALGARY SUN: One reason the Flames are off to a surprising start is they lead the league in blocking shots.