Recapping Tuesday’s games featuring Canadian NHL teams, plus the latest on the Flames, Senators and Maple Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve read some pundits and bloggers suggesting the Canadiens should be considered among this season’s Stanley Cup contenders. Teams which give up an average of five goals per game over their last three games are not teams which go far in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Blame a combination of poor goaltending by Carey Price (who has given up 12 goals in his last two games) and sloppy defensive play for the Habs struggles in their own zone of late.
MERCURYNEWS.COM/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Vancouver Canucks overcame a two-goal deficit but fell to the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in a shootout. Henrik Sedin and Jannik Hansen keyed the Canucks comeback, but it was Joe Pavelski who scored the shootout winner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the fourth loss in five games for the slumping Canucks.
MIAMI HERALD/WINNIPEG SUN: Jacob Markstrom makes 30 saves backstopping the Florida Panthers to a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets, leaving the latter still mired below .500 and sitting 11th in the Eastern Conference standings.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames are doing their best to ignore the trade rumors as they try to maintain their focus upon making the playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Flames haven’t gained significant ground in the standings in a couple of weeks, that might be enough to finally prompt their front office to commence a much-needed rebuilding program.
OTTAWA SUN: Winger Milan Michalek will return to the Senators lineup after missing ten games to injury.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs have re-signed defenseman Korbinian Holzer to a two-year contract extension.