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.
The Bruins went to Children’s Hospital in Boston for a charity visit and dressed up for Hallowe… What in the world is Zdeno Chara wearing? The goggles… They do nothing! (Naoko Funayama)
Steve Yzerman says that Tampa Bay rookie Brett Connolly will not be going back to junior hockey. Youth is served. (Damian Cristodero)
Brad Boyes played in his 500th straight game last night and celebrated with a goal. That’s nice. (Buffalo News)
Hilarious. Jacques Martin prays to God only to have God tell him how to do things right in Montreal. (Habs Loyalist)
Max Pacioretty has ligament damage in his wrist. Not good. (Montreal Gazette)
Panthers coach Kevin Dineen must love soap operas because he’s got some delightful drama with a goalie controversy. (Sun Sentinel)
Ryane Clowe almost helped blow the game for San Jose last night. Fortunately for him, the Sharks beat Nashville 3-1. (Working The Corners)
There was a shutout in the Kings-Devils game… But it was Johan Hedberg shutting down the Kings 3-0. (L.A. Times)
Dallas tied up Phoenix with just over a minute to play then beat the Coyotes after eight rounds of the shootout. Burn. (NBC Sports)
Finally, your daily dose of Teemu Selanne. Check out the Finnish Flash scoring goal #640 in his career tying him with Dave Andreychuk for 13th all-time. (NHL)
This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.