Recap of the Canucks-Oilers and Hurricanes-Maple Leafs games, plus the latest on P.K. Subban, Dustin Byfuglien, Jiri Hudler and more.
VANCOUVER SUN/EDMONTON SUN: Chris Tanev’s first career NHL goal was a big one, scoring in overtime as the Canucks rallied from a 2-0 deficit to nip the Edmonton Oilers 3-2. Goals by Jannik Hansen and Kevin Bieksa spurred the comeback and set the stage for Tanev’s OT winner. Ales Hemsky and Ryan Smyth scored for the Oilers, while Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk made 37 saves in the loss.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM/TORONTO STAR: Second period goals by Jordan and Eric Staal spurred the Carolina Hurricanes down the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1. Hurricanes netminder Cam Ward made 41 saves for the win. Matt Frattin scored his fifth of the season for the Leafs, who were victim of three questionable officiating calls in the second period which helped shift the game’s momentum.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The officiating has been inconsistent so far this season. Looks like the players aren’t the only ones shaking off the rust from a long lockout.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Dave Stubbs tears into Hockey Night in Canada’s PJ Stock for claiming there’s tension between P.K. Subban and his Canadiens teammates.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Stubbs noted, Subban’s hung out with teammates Josh Gorges and Brandon Prust since returning to the lineup, and chirped others on Twitter. His arriving alone to a recent home game also isn’t unusual. Some tension probably exists between Subban and some of his teammates, but I doubt it’s a serious issue.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will miss his third straight game when they take on the Florida Panthers tonight. Byfuglien is currently listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames forward Jiri Hudler is using hockey to deal with the grief over his father’s death. Hudler faces off tonight for the first time against his former team, the Detroit Red Wings.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators have called up center Stephane Da Costa.