Canucks edge the Blues in overtime, Maple Leafs fall to Blue Jackets, Ducks defeat the Senators, plus the latest on the Canadiens, Jets, Flames and Oilers.
VANCOUVER SUN: Ryan Kesler scored twice (including the game-winner) as the Canucks edged the St. Louis Blues 4-3, ending their recent road trip collecting 11 of a possible fourteen points.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win also moved the Canucks into a tie with the San Jose Sharks for first in the Pacific Division, though the Sharks hold three games in hand. A successful road trip for the Canucks, who continue to play well for new head coach John Tortorella.
TORONTO STAR: The Columbus Blue Jackets spoiled the return from suspension of David Clarkson, downing the Maple Leafs 5-2. Clarkson has just finished a ten-game suspension for leaving the bench during a preseason fight between the Leafs and Buffalo Sabres.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Danish rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen made 26 saves to backstop the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 win over the Senators, dropping the latter’s record to 4-4-2.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens will face a good test tonight when they face the San Jose Sharks.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets seek some “poetic justice” as their road trip continues.
CALGARY SUN: Five lessons learned from the Flames recent road trip. Among them: their goaltending question has yet to be answered, their veterans are inconsistent and their penalty kill must improve.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers are feeling the urgency to string some wins together.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers have plenty of time left in the schedule to overcome their slow start, but if their October struggles carry over into November it could doom their playoff hopes. They don’t want to dig an early hole for themselves so deep they can’t get out of it.