Recaps of Tuesday’s games featuring Canadian NHL teams and the Senators settle their legal dispute with Dany Heatley.
TORONTO SUN: Phil Kessel’s hat trick powered the Maple Leafs to a 4-2 comeback victory over the visiting Anaheim Ducks, snapping the latter’s seven-game win streak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was Kessel’s first hat trick in two years and could signal the end of another early-season scoring slump for the Leafs star.
VANCOUVER SUN: Kevin Bieksa’s overtime goal lifted the Canucks to a wild 5-4 win over the New York Islanders. The Canucks lost winger Jannik Hansen to either a shoulder or wrist injury after crashing into the end boards with Islanders defenseman Brian Strait early in the first period.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Hansen’s out for a significant period it could be David Booth’s ticket back into the lineup. Booth was a healthy scratch for this game as coach John Tortorella questioned his effort.
EDMONTON JOURNAL/MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Lars Eller comparison of the Oilers to a junior team came back to haunt him, as the Oilers rebounded from a 2-0 deficit to down the Habs 4-3. Earlier in the day, the Oilers learned winger Taylor Hall would miss four weeks with a knee injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If you’re an NHL player, never, ever call the team you’re going to play later that night a junior team. In fact, never disrespect an opponent in any sport, ever. That was bulletin board fodder Oilers coach Dallas Eakins was only too happy to use to fire up his players.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames fell to the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2, and must now decide if they’ll retain young center Sean Monahan or return him to junior.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be surprised if they return him. I believe Monahan has proven he belongs in the NHL. Returning him to junior won’t hurt him, but this kid has been impressive so far in his short NHL debut.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are looking for positives following a 5-4 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals. Struggling forwards Andrew Ladd (3 assists) and Blake Wheeler (one goal) played much better in this game than they had in previous contests.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators have reached a settlement with former Senator Dany Heatley over a $4 million bonus.