Some Jets fans turning against Evander Kane…Canucks winger Mason Raymond struggling to score…Leafs blow three-goal lead against Penguins…Bruins down Senators on ugly goal…Flames lack offensive spark against Red Wings…Canadiens play without desperation against Sabres…Oilers rookie has good debut.


Kane a target of malicious smear campaign.

WINNIPEG SUN: Some Jets fans unhappy with winger Evander Kane have taken to social media to spread unfounded personal rumors about him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s one thing to be critical of Kane’s performance. It’s another to spread false, malicious gossip. Winnipeg hockey fans are touted as among the best in the league, and it’s my understanding most of them don’t condone this disgusting smear campaign against Kane. Hopefully, they will try to eradicate this kind of crap.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Mason Raymond continues to struggle following his return to action from a back injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s why Raymond’s name has appeared in trade rumors of late. Remains to be seen if he does become “trade bait” in the coming weeks.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs blew a 4-1 lead to lose 5-4 in a shootout to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg’s floater from center ice fooled Senators goalie Craig Anderson, as the Bruins rallied from a 3-1 deficit to down the Senators 4-3.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That goal was ugly with a capital “ugh”.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames once again failed to find an offensive spark, falling 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens lacked desperation, falling 3-1 to the Buffalo Sabres.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And that, folks is why the Canadiens will miss the playoffs this season.

EDMONTON SUN: Rookie Philippe Cornet had an assist in the Oilers 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.