Recapping the Maple Leafs-Rangers and Oilers-Flames games, plus the latest on Sergei Gonchar, Evander Kane, and Max Pacioretty.
CALGARY SUN/EDMONTON JOURNAL: Lee Stempniak (1 G, 2A) and Jay Bouwmeester (1G, 1A) led the way as the Calgary Flames held off the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in another entertaining game in the ongoing “Battle of Alberta”. Justin Schultz (1 G, 2 A), Jordan Eberle (1G, 1A) and Sam Gagner scored for the Oilers in a losing cause.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s going to be fun watching the ageing Flames clash with the young Oilers this season.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs blew a two-goal lead for the second straight game as the Rangers overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Leafs 5-2. Marian Gaborik powered the Rangers comeback with a four-point performance. Mikhail Grabovski and James van Riemsdyk tallied for the Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leafs goalie James Reimer made 37 saves and couldn’t be blamed for the loss, as the Leafs offense dried up after the first period, and their sloppy defense cost them against a very deep Rangers team. Still, it won’t surprise me if some pundits use this game as another reason for the Leafs to land Roberto Luongo from Vancouver.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar has maintained his close friendship with Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin, which stretches back to Gonchar’s days with the Penguins. The Senators and Penguins face off today in Ottawa.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets forward Evander Kane is known more as a scorer, but he’s begun to incorporate more play-making into his game.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens offense suffered a blow as Max Pacioretty underwent an emergency appendectomy on Saturday and could be out a month.