Recaps of Saturday’s NHL games featuring Canadian teams.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Carey Price made 34 saves and P.K. Subban collected three assists as the Montreal Canadiens blanked the New York Rangers 3-0. The win widened the Canadiens division lead over the Boston Bruins by three points, while Subban vaulted into the Canadiens scoring lead.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Subban is now one point behind Kris Letang and Ryan Suter for the NHL scoring lead among defensemen, and leads all blueliners this season in goals with ten.
TORONTO SUN/OTTAWA CITIZEN: Nazem Kadri (3 goals, 1 assist) and Joffrey Lupul (one goal, 3 assists) lead the way as the Toronto Maple Leafs crushed the Ottawa Senators 4-0. The victory moves the Leafs into a tie with the Senators for fifth overall in the Eastern Conference, though the Senators hold a game in hand.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kadri is having a phenomenal season. He’s not only leading the Leafs in scoring, but is now sitting sixth overall in league scoring. Lupul, meanwhile, has been on fire offensively since returning from injury a couple of weeks ago. If the Leafs keep up this pace, they’ll clinch a playoff berth.
EDMONTON JOURNAL/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Taylor Hall broke Wayne Gretzky’s record for the fastest three goals in franchise history as the Edmonton Oilers blanked the Vancouver Canucks 4-0. The Oilers scored all those goals within the game’s first eight minutes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In those brief minutes, it almost felt as though those Gretzky-led Oilers of the ’80s had been reborn. It was an incredible start by the Oilers, who could’ve had more goals if not for Roberto Luongo making several big saves later in the game.
CALGARY SUN: The final month of this season will determine which Flames will “go down swinging” and which ones will throw in the towel.