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Did You Know? Teemu Selanne has been really good for a really long time

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The “Did You Know?” series ties in the news of the day with some little-known hockey factoids and/or trivia. It’ll be fun. Trust me.

Last night against San Jose, Anaheim Ducks F Teemu Selanne scored a power play goal in the first period. It was his 237th career PP marker, tying him with Brendan Shanahan for fourth all-time (the Finnish Flash is now 37 back of Dave Andreychuk, the NHL’s career leader.)

I don’t have to tell you that Selanne is an amazing talent. You already know that. If you don’t, chances are you’ve stumbled onto PHT accidentally. Perhaps I can redirect you to another one of NBCSports.com fine blogs. Have you read Inside the Irish yet? It’s quite good.

Anyway, what I want to highlight is how Selanne constantly gives Father Time the finger. Two fingers, in fact. Just waving ’em like he’s on the cover of an Eminem album.

Selanne turned 41 this past summer, just a few months after finishing the 2010-11 season with 80 points in 73 games. He was the NHL’s only top-10 scorer drafted in the 80s, mostly because the NHL currently has only two players drafted in the 80s — Selanne (10th overall, 1988) and Nicklas Lidstrom (53rd overall, 1989). Not coincidentally, they are the league’s two oldest players.

To understand how amazing Selanne’s longevity is, consider the following factoids about the 1988 NHL Entry Draft:

— The overall pick, Mike Modano, retired this past summer. The last time he scored 80-plus points was in 2003. The second overall pick, Trevor Liden, retired in 2008. The last time he scored 80-plus points was in 1996.

— Five fellow draftees are currently working in NHL front offices or behind benches: Martin Gelinas (Nashville, player development), Rod Brind’Amour (Carolina, asst. coach), Kevin Cheveldayoff (Winnipeg, GM), Tim Taylor (St. Louis, player development) and Peter DeBoer (New Jersey, coach).

— Four fellow draftees are in the broadcasting game: Jeremy Roenick, Rob Ray, Keith Jones and Bret Hedican.

— Len Barrie, drafted 124th overall, used to own the Tampa Bay Lighting.

— Here are some things from the 1988 draft that don’t exist anymore: The Minnesota North Stars, the Quebec Nordiques,  the Hartford Whalers, rounds eight through 12 and HC Dynamo Moscow (where ’88 draftees Sergei Svetlov and Alex Semak came from).

So yeah, Teemu Selanne has been doing it for a long time, and doing it well. And since we’re on the video tip today, here’s a quick look back on his famous 76-goal rookie campaign:

Here’s your Stanley Cup playoffs schedule for tonight

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There’s nothing better than a Game 7, especially when a spot in the Stanley Cup Final is up for grabs. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins will battle in a do-or-die game for the right to play the San Jose Sharks with Lord Stanley on the line. You can watch the game via the NBC Sports Group’s television and digital platforms.

Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh (8:00 p.m. ET)

The television broadcast of Game 7 will be on NBCSN. To stream the game using the Live Extra app, click here.

Here’s some reading material to get you ready for this one:

Penguins, Lightning prepare for ‘roller coaster’ Game 7

Penguins force Game 7 after holding off Lightning rally

Lightning lament Game 6 effort, Cooper doesn’t blame disallowed goal

Video: Brouwer was big for Blues

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Troy Brouwer made quite an impression in his first year with the St. Louis Blues. After being acquired from the Capitals for T.J. Oshie, the 30-year-old scored 18 goals and 39 points in 82 games during the 2015-16 season. His eight goals and 13 points during the playoffs weren’t too shabby either.

Brouwer took on more of a signficant role in the postseason. His points-per-game increased, his ice time increased and he was more productive on the man-advantage (3 goals in 20 games). While the Blues were fighting for their playoff lives in Games 4 and 5 of the Western Conference Final, Brouwer contributed three goals.

Now, the Blues will have to find a way to keep him around. His playoff success likely means that he’ll be expecting a substantial raise between now and the end of the league year on July 1st. Brouwer is set to become an unrestricted free agent on that day.

Brouwer came with a cap hit of $3.66 million and it wouldn’t be surprising to see that number climb higher, especially if he hits the open market.

The Blues also need to work out deals with other pending free agents like captain David Backes and Jaden Schwartz (RFA). There isn’t a ton of money left under the cap in St. Louis, which means that GM Doug Armstrong will have to get creative this summer.

One of the things Armstrong and head coach Ken Hitchcock liked about Brouwer was the way he seemed to fit in right away.

“He was on the team for a month,” Hitchcock explained earlier this week, per the Vancouver Sun. “I think my meetings were a little bit too long.  He told me it would be best if I kept them a little briefer.  So I knew he had a bite on the team right away. It didn’t take him long to get comfortable with us, which is great.”  

How much will comfort count for in the off-season negotiations between club and player? We’ll find out soon enough.

PHT Morning Skate: Jim Craig doesn’t regret selling ‘Miracle on Ice’ memorabilia

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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.

–These parents named their baby girl after Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov. (ABC News)

–The  hockey card that helped inspire a Tragically Hip song. (Puck Junk)

–The fan who promised to get a tattoo of Gary Bettman if LA and Chicago were eliminated in the first round kept his word. (Bardown)

–Watch the highlights from last night’s game between the Sharks and Blues. (Top)

–Jim Craig doesn’t regret auctioning off most of his “Miracle on Ice” memorabilia. (Yahoo)

–A Q & A with former Quebec Nordiques forward Peter Stastny. (ESPN)

–Former Flyers coach Craig Berube breaks down Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. (NHL)

Hitch: ‘I see the devastation in our locker room’

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Despite a late comeback attempt, the 2015-16 season came to an end for the St. Louis Blues, as they lost the Western Conference Final in six games to the San Jose Sharks.

And with Wednesday’s loss, the off-season will settle upon the Blues. It will be an intriguing one in St. Louis, starting with their head coach Ken Hitchcock. He’s on a one-year deal and he has already outlined that he’s fine with taking short-term contracts. But is an appearance in the conference final enough to solidify his place behind the St. Louis bench for next year?

The Blues have, according to General Fanager, five pending unrestricted free agent forwards, including Scottie Upshall, Kyle Brodziak, Steve Ott, and most notably Troy Brouwer and David Backes.

Backes, 32, is the team’s captain and coming off a 21-goal, 45-point regular season, which is a decline from the numbers — 26 goals and 58 points — he posted the year before. Brouwer, 30, enjoyed the best post-season of his career, with eight goals and 13 points in 20 games, and he could potentially cash in on that this summer.

However, while there are questions ahead for the Blues, the emotional toll this loss took was clear.

“I see the devastation in our locker room right now. Guys aren’t even able to speak. I’m more worried about our guys right now, to be honest with you. We got some guys that are pretty shook up right now,” said Hitchcock to reporters.

“I’m not going to talk to them for a day or two. They need their space with each other. They’ve bonded together here better than any team I’ve coached in the last 10 years. They need their time together. They don’t need me interrupting them right now. We’ll talk at an appropriate time. But right now they need to be with each other.”