Canucks beat the Senators, Oilers blank the Predators, Canadiens blueliners P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov working well together, Flames lose Sean Monahan and Dennis Wideman to injuries, plus updates on the Jets and Maple Leafs.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE/OTTAWA CITIZEN: Thanks in part to a first intermission scolding from coach John Tortorella, the Vancouver Canucks rallied from a poor start to down the Ottawa Senators 5-2, chasing Senators starter Craig Anderson from the net in the process. Daniel Sedin scored his 300th career goal in the victory.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the Canucks are still struggling with consistency, the Senators continue to lose ground in the Eastern standings.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Ilya Bryzgalov starred in his first start with the Oilers, making 33 saves in a 3-0 shutout of the Nashville Predators, who also lost captain Shea Weber when he was struck in the face by a puck and didn’t return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers have now won four of their last five games. Perhaps they’re finally righting what was until recently a steadily listing ship.Oh, and so far, Bryzgalov has been anything but an “unnecessary distraction” for the Oilers.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov have been a dynamic duo on the Canadiens blueline this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Markov can stay healthy and productive over the remainder of the season the pairing should remain among the best in the league.
CALGARY SUN: Flames rookie Sean Monahan is day-to-day with a fractured left foot while veteran defenseman Dennis Wideman could miss up to two months with a broken bone in his left hand.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those are two roster losses for the rebuilding Flames.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets coach Claude Noel downplayed what’s considered a minor squabble in practice yesterday with captain Andrew Ladd.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s all it may have been, but expect those folks currently engaged in a death watch on Noel’s coaching tenure with the Jets to use this as ammunition to claim his job is in jeopardy.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs early strengths appear to be fading.