The PHT Nightcap – Thursday, March 18th

We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand
it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the
day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting
Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap:

Clow says he didn’t want to fight Morrow
– Clowe eventually fought
Barch after he took out Stephane Robidas.

seeking payback could be nightmare for NHL
– Turns out, we didn’t
have anything to worry about.

need help to miss the playoffs
– They may not need much, but some
teams behind them have to start winning.

and Drury disagree on Rangers’ maturity
– Chris Drury looked to be
onto something.

Bruins questionable with the flu
– You know, that “post-St.
Patrick’s Day bug that’s going around” flu.

should make Pens pay
– legally – Once again, we really didn’t have
anything to worry about.

injury continues awful week for Chicago
– It’s not just the
goaltending that’s an issue for Chicago; they’re once great defense has
started to fall to pieces.

the West have a ‘true’ favorite?
– San Jose and Chicago are far
from dominant late in the season. Is it Phoenix? It can’t be, can it?

the Ducks completely delusional?
– James Wisiewski and Randy
Carlisle are not from this planet. I’m convinced of it.

Lidstrom: Still the one
– The reports of Nicklas Lidstrom’s hockey
death are completely false

goalie curse strikes again: Leighton out 8-10 weeks
– I called it.
There’s no way a high ankle sprain is just a day-to-day injury for a

hands Wisniewski an 8-game suspension
– Was it enough? I think so.

Cooke gets in a fight right away
– Cooke ‘paid’ for his
transgressions immediately, dropping the gloves and then getting pounded
by Shawn Thornton.

gets a penalty for tripping
– This was about the most interesting
thing that happened in the game.

hits: Could 3D coverage give us Hockey-tar?
– The NHL in 3-D? Yes,

Japan beats Canada in sledge hockey 
– I challenge anyone not to
watch a sledge hockey game and not be entertained.

win tepid bout with Boston 3-0
– About as anticlimactic as you can

has happened to the ‘hockey code’ in the NHL?
– I am appalled at
the lack of respect that is being shown on a nightly basis around the

Kariya scores his 400th career goal
– Congratulations to the future
Hall of Famer.

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    PHT Morning Skate: Beat writers survey predicts Ducks will win Cup

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    PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

    In a survey of 29 beat writers, the Anaheim Ducks emerged as the clear favorite to win the Stanley Cup. If you’ll recall, they have that in common with the EA Sports simulation. (Boston Globe)

    Alex Ovechkin would pick an Olympic hit against Jaromir Jagr as the biggest check of his life. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

    Here are the highlights from Minnesota’s 5-4 victory over Colorado:

    The Montreal Canadiens seem committed to using Alex Galchenyuk as a center throughout the 2015-16 campaign. (The Canadian Press)

    The NHL recently enlisted its players to read off some not so mean tweets. (USA Today)

    Bills coach Rex Ryan talked about the Sabres in Thursday’s press conference. (

    Frederik Andersen may have the Anaheim Ducks’ starting job for now, but with John Gibson still a big part of their plans, Andersen has to keep proving himself. (Orange County Register)

    Niemi blanks Pens, notches two assists in Stars debut

    Antti Niemi, Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist

    DALLAS (AP) — Antti Niemi recorded his 33rd career shutout and assisted on two goals in his Dallas debut, as the Stars beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 on Thursday night in the season opener for both.

    Ales Hemsky had a power-play goal and an assist.

    Rookie Matthias Janmark scored on his first shot on his first shift in an NHL game to make it 1-0. The Stars acquired Niemi and Janmark in trades earlier this year.

    Dallas scored on two of five power plays. Jamie Benn, the NHL’s leading scorer last season, had a power-play goal in the third period.

    Niemi made 37 saves to improve his career record against the Penguins to 5-1-1. He withstood a flurry in the final minute after Pittsburgh pulled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for an extra skater.

    Fleury had 21 saves.

    The Stars are 4-0-1 in their last five home games against Pittsburgh, and have won three in a row overall.

    Janmark skated down the slot, took a pass from Hemsky and shot between Fleury’s legs at 1:39 of the first.

    The Penguins dominated the latter half of the period, but couldn’t score. Niemi’s best stop was a reaching glove save of Rod Scuderi’s drive from the blue line with less than 3 minutes remaining. Pittsburgh outshot the Stars 10-4 in the first.

    Hemsky scored at 5:42 of the second on Dallas’ first power play. His shot from the top of the right faceoff circle went in over Fleury’s right shoulder.

    The Penguins again had an advantage in shots, 13-11. Pittsburgh had chances in close, but Niemi turned those away. Midway through the second, John Klingberg cleared away a loose puck from in front of the net.

    Seven seconds into the Stars’ fourth power play of the third period, Jamie Benn tipped in Jason Spezza‘s shot from the right point.

    NOTES: Dallas acquired Janmark as part of a March trade that sent Erik Cole to Detroit. The rookie had been playing in the Swedish Hockey League. . San Jose traded Niemi’s rights to the Stars in June for a seventh-round draft pick. Also making their Dallas debuts were LW Patrick Sharp and D Johnny Oduya, teammates with Chicago’s Stanley Cup champions last season. . In his first game for the Penguins, Phil Kessel played in his 447th straight game. . Pittsburgh was 0 for 3 on the power play.