Oilers defeat the Senators, Penguins edge the Canucks, Predators down the Canadiens, the Maple Leafs fall to the Blackhawks, the Sharks snuff out the Flames, plus an update on Jacob Trouba.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers ended a five-game losing skid with a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. The win was costly as Oilers winger Taylor Hall left the game after an apparent knee-on-knee hit from Senators defenseman Eric Gryba. Senators coach Paul MacLean believes his club’s woeful power-play let them down.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word from the league if Gryba could face supplemental discipline.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on a shootout goal by Evgeni Malkin. The game was notable for Alex Edler’s first period shot from center which Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped, only to see the puck deflect up and over him into the net.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not to be cruel, but losing Prust would hurt the Canadiens more right now than Briere, whose debut as a Hab has been underwhelming to date.
TORONTO STAR: The Chicago Blackhawks dominated the Maple Leafs, outshooting the latter 40-20 on route to a 3-1 victory. Nazem Kadri scored the Leafs only goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs, like the Senators, have been living dangerously with their high shots-against totals this season. Against a powerhouse like the Blackhawks, it proved costly.
CALGARY SUN: Joe Pavelski (four points) powered the San Jose Sharks to a 6-3 beatdown of the Calgary Flames.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba will be sidelined up to a month after crashing head-first into the boards during the Jets-Blues game on Friday. He’ll have to wear a neck brace for two weeks, but otherwise escaped serious injury.