The PHT Nightcap – Tuesday, March 30

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 the Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap:

Goal of the Night: Brent Burns

Penguins sign Kris Letang to four year extension – $3.5 million per year seems mostly reasonable for the young offensive defenseman.

Carcillo to have hearing with NHL today– Prelude to the suspension.

Does Letang’s contract mean Gonchar leaves Pens? – My guess is: yes, it does mean that.

Josh Harding likely done for season with hip injury– Harding is one of the league’s most reliable backups.

Will Jere Lehtinen return next season?– It’s been a rough couple years for Lehtinen, so I don’t know.

NHL Playoffs Update: No one wants 8th spot – You mean the right to lose to Washington?

Dallas Stars sign Yale’s Sean Backman – Hey, it’s Hockey Joe’s first post! Hooray!

Coyotes take aim at top seed in West– They have a decent shot at the Pacific (and therefore, most likely, the top spot.)

NHL suspends Dan Carcillo two games – He certainly deserved it.

Thrashers reload with Pavelec in goal – The little-known goalie has had flashes of brilliance this year.

Brian Burke’s cathartic Afghanistan trip – You have to feel for the Leafs’ general manager.

Rocky Wirtz (barely) wins Bertuzzday III: Not as exciting as the Cooke or Ovechkin debates.

Alex Ovechkin tops Crosby in players’ poll: This also includes some other interesting results.

Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals: April 11 Game of the Week: Could be a big one for Boston.

Tonight’s biggest games: Closing the gap

Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators are sneaky-hot: I think I might have jinxed them though. Sorry guys.

Sergei Gonchar could help Caps, Devils, others in 10-11: I doubt he’ll be back in Pittsburgh, sadly enough.

Vote for Bertuzzday IV: Do it!

Andrew Peters is a source of Devils’ frustration: Great stuff from John of In Lou We Trust.

Again, the Bruins need to go with Tuukka Rask: Seriously, guys.

Ryan Kesler’s hit on Derek Morris earns misconduct – Still not totally sure how I feel about that situation.

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    Video: Mike Fisher ends Nashville’s nasty goal drought

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    No, the Nashville Predators did not forget how to score goals … or at least they were lifted from that amnesia on Wednesday.

    Mike Fisher lifted the curse 13:52 into the first period of tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. You can watch that rare beast in the video above.

    They had been shut out for three straight games and pretty close to four in pure game time.

    On this subject, PHT’s Jason Brough asked Predators GM David Poile if he was considering moving a defenseman to improve in another area earlier today.

    Struggling Sabre Tyler Ennis out with upper-body injury

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    Tyler Ennis can probably relate with the Buffalo Sabres’ opponent on Wednesday, as he’s struggling almost as much as the Nashville Predators.

    Perhaps some of that has to do with health?

    Whether that’s the case or not, Ennis is out for the Sabres tonight, as the team announced that he’s dealing with an upper-body injury.

    The Buffalo News discussed Ennis’ struggles in this article.

    “I’d say he’s pressing too much. You can’t make those plays in every situation and in every point you touch the puck,” Dan Bylsma said to the Buffalo News. “ … He’s just got to simplify his game. He is a special player who can make those plays, but he can’t be trying to do it every time he touches the puck.”

    He’ll need to wait a while to start getting things together, anyway.

    WATCH LIVE: Wednesday Night Rivalry (Flyers-Islanders; Blackhawks-Sharks)

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    You can check out tonight’s Wednesday Night Rivalry doubleheader on NBCSN, and you can also stream them online.

    Here are the handy links for the two contests.

    First, the New York Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers.


    After that, the Chicago Blackhawks visit the San Jose Sharks.


    Braun out with upper-body injury; Zubrus to make Sharks debut

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    The San Jose Sharks will be missing a top-4 defenseman tonight when they host the defending champs from Chicago.

    Justin Braun has an upper-body injury. His status is considered day-to-day.

    “Brauny has been one of our unsung heroes here through the first quarter of the season,” coach Peter DeBoer told CSN Bay Area. “He’s played some outstanding hockey. So, we’re going to miss him, but it’s a great opportunity for Mueller and Tennyson and one of these guys to establish themselves. It’s a great opportunity for us to reward Dillon for how well he’s played.”

    Against the Blackhawks, Brenden Dillon will take Braun’s spot on the top pairing alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic; Paul Martin and Brent Burns will stay together on the second pairing; and 20-year-old Mirco Mueller will skate with Matt Tennyson.

    Mueller has played just four games for the Sharks this season. In his last game, Thursday in Philadelphia, he received only 9:13 of ice time.

    Also tonight, new Shark forward Dainius Zubrus is expected to debut on the fourth line.

    Related: Sharks sign Zubrus, because DeBoer