Recaps of Monday’s games featuring Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on Bryan Little, Jeff Halpern, Flames coach Bob Hartley and the challenges facing Canucks management as the trade deadline nears.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/NORTHJERSEY.COM: Mika Zibanejad scored the winner in a shootout as the plucky Ottawa Senators edged the New Jersey Devils 3-2. The Devils also lost Bryce Salvador and Stephen Gionta to injuries in this game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win also moved the Senators four points over the Toronto Maple Leafs for fifth overall in the Eastern Conference standings. Speaking of the Leafs…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win moves the Bruins into a tie with the idle Montreal Canadiens for first in the Northeast Division, while the Leafs gained a point to remain sixth overall, one point up on the New Jersey Devils.
THE TENNESSEAN/EDMONTON JOURNAL: Sergei Kostitsyn atoned for his costly line change last week against the Edmonton Oilers by netting a goal and an assist in the Nashville Predators 3-2 victory last night over the Oilers.
WINNIPEG SUN: Bryan Little is coming up big of late for the Jets.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Jeff Halpern is happy to return to the Canadiens, for whom he last played in 2010-11. The Habs claimed him off waivers from the NY Rangers.
CALGARY HERALD: Bob Hartley considers coaching the Flames back to respectability the toughest job of his career.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll get even tougher if management fails to provide him with a decent roster for next season.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Patient Canucks GM Mike Gillis has little margin for error heading toward the NHL trade deadline.