Recaps of Saturday’s games involving the Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Flames and Oilers, plus updates on the Senators, Canucks and Jets.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/THE BUFFALO NEWS: Rene Bourque and David Desharnais each scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens thumped the Buffalo Sabres 6-1. It was also defenseman P.K. Subban’s first game back after re-signing a new contract with the Habs earlier in the week, picking up an assist in the win. Lars Eller collected three points (1G, 2 A), while rookies Brendan Gallagher (1 G) and Alexander Galchenyuk (2 assists) also factored in the Canadiens scoring.
BOSTON HERALD/TORONTO STAR: Chris Bourque’s first period goal stood as the winner as the Boston Bruins edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made 21 saves for the shutout win, while Toronto goalie James Reimer made 33 saves in a losing cause for the Leafs.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE/CALGARY SUN: Patrick Kane scored twice, including the shoot-out winner, as the Chicago Blackhawks nipped the Calgary Flames 3-2. Marian Hossa scored with three seconds remaining in the third to force overtime and the shootout. Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery made 45 saves for the win. Flames blueliners Dennis Wideman and Jay Bouwmeester tallied for the Flames.
DENVER POST/EDMONTON SUN: The Colorado Avalanche overcame an early 1-0 deficit with three unanswered goals to down the Edmonton Oilers 3-1. P.A. Parenteau, Jamie McGinn and Paul Stastny scored for the Avs, while Nail Yakupov was the Oilers’ sole goalscorer. Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk made 37 saves in a losing cause.
OTTAWA SUN: Jason York listed the Senators options (trade, free agency, standing pat) regarding a short-term replacement for injured center Jason Spezza.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As York pointed out, finding first-line centers via trade is difficult and costly, while none are available in the UFA market. For now, standing pat and giving more playing time to Kyle Turris, Zack Smith and Mika Zibanejad appears the best option.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford points out the stellar play of goalie Roberto Luongo is overshadowing the Canucks offensive difficulties.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as the Canucks keep grinding out wins, they’ll be patient and await the return of Ryan Kesler and David Booth from injuries.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Tim Campbell reports it’s anyone’s guess if the Jets will retain Mark Scheifele or demote him to his junior club.