Maple Leafs edge Canadiens while the Jets down the Oilers in their season openers, plus the latest on Jason Spezza, the Sedins and Sven Baertschi.
TORONTO SUN/MONTREAL GAZETTE: In a game marred by a serious injury to enforcer George Parros, the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Montreal Canadiens 4-3. James van Riemsdyk, Dion Phaneuf, Tyler Bozak and Mason Raymond scored for the Leafs,while Lars Eller had a three-point night (2 G, 1 A) in a losing cause for the Canadiens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The game was entertaining up until the Parros injury, which sucked the life out of the Canadiens and the Bell Centre crowd. Parros suffered a concussion but is otherwise fine, tweeting his appreciation toward his fans for their thoughts and prayers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once again the Oilers defensive shortcomings were their undoing. Coach Dallas Eakins has a lot of work ahead of him this season.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Jason Spezza is back skating with his teammates after taking some time off nursing a groin injury. He expects to be in the lineup for the Senators season opener against Buffalo on Friday.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks coach John Tortorella is impressed by the Sedin twins desire to become more complete players.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak hopes Flames young forward Sven Baertschi responds positively to recent criticism of his play by Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke.