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PHT’s Morning Skate: Joe Thornton has a woolly mammoth tusk

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.

To honor Joe Thornton’s 1,000 game played earlier this year, his teammates gave him a woolly mammoth tusk. Seriously. They also gave him a few other nice things. But a tusk?!  (@brodiebrazilCSN,

The Sharks didn’t need that tusk to beat Pittsburgh last night, just the fans being silent to show their disapproval of their early play. the Sharks came back from being down two goals twice and Ryane Clowe won it in the shootout. (

Gordie Howe talks about how things have changed since his days in the NHL. We suspect if Patrick Kaleta were around back then he’d be missing a mouthful of teeth. (Calgary Sun)

The Oilers won their sixth game in row shutting out the L.A. Kings 3-0 in Los Angeles thanks to Nikolai Khabibulin. So… They might really be good then? (L.A. Times)

The Kings have now been shutout at home in back-to-back games for the first time since 1998 when Daren Puppa and, yes, Nikolai Khabibulin did it to them. (@NHL_Junior)

For the Oilers, it’s the first time they’ve won six in a row since 2001-2002. Times have been a bit lean lately. (@dantencer)

It’s not all sad for the Kings though. Check out Brad Richardson zinging his teammates. (Mayor’s Manor)

By the way, the Detroit Red Wings have now lost six in a row. First time since February 2008 that’s happened. Oh hey, they won the Stanley Cup that year. Wait a second… (Hockey Reference)

Why did the Ottawa Senators choose the numbers they wear? Ian Mendes of Sportsnet got to the bottom of things. (Sportsnet)

Will Wojtek Wolski have to face up to Zenon Konopka for hitting Daniel Alfredsson? Definitely. Maybe. Perhaps. We’ll see. (Ottawa Sun)

Finally, check out Guillaume Latendresse use Cory Schneider’s face as a place to throw the puck off of to score a goal. (NHL)

Goalie nods: Coyotes turn back to Domingue for key game against Vancouver

Arizona Coyotes' Louis Domingue waves to the crowd after the Coyotes' NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. Domingue earned his first NHL shutout as the Coyotes won 1-0. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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Tonight is a big game for the Arizona Coyotes, as they host Vancouver, one of the teams they’re jockeying with for the final wild-card spot in the West.

If the Coyotes can beat the Canucks in regulation, they’ll move to within two points of Colorado for that final wild-card spot, with three games in hand on the Avs. Not only that, Vancouver’s playoff hopes would be dealt a significant blow.

Of course, that’s a pretty sizable “if” the way the Coyotes have been playing. The Desert Dogs are winless in their last four, with 21 total goals surrendered.

“We have to shore up some things and our goaltending has to be better,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett told reporters, while confirming that Louis Domingue would get the start versus the Canucks.

Domingue, the NHL’s rookie of the month in January, has struggled of late, allowing five goals in each of his last three starts. In the Coyotes’ last game, they turned to Anders Lindback, only for Lindback to surrender five goals himself in a 5-2 loss to Anaheim.

For the Canucks, Ryan Miller is expected to start, after Jacob Markstrom got the win last night in Denver.


Henrik Lundqvist for the Rangers in Pittsburgh, where Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to start for the Penguins.

Craig Anderson for the Senators in Detroit, where Petr Mrazek will make his third straight start for the Red Wings.

Sabres recall Justin Bailey, son of former Bills linebacker

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 30:  Justin Bailey, drafted #52 overall by the Buffalo Sabres, looks on after he was drafted in the second round during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Justin Bailey from AHL Rochester.

It’s the first time Bailey, a second-round pick in 2013, has ever been called up to the NHL. The 20-year-old joins the big club after piling up 11 points (5G, 6A) in his last eight games for the Americans.

Most Sabres fans will know that Bailey is from Buffalo (technically, Williamsville), the son of former Bills linebacker Carlton Bailey. (To learn more, click on this Buffalo News story from July.)

The Sabres play Thursday in Philadelphia, where Bailey will reportedly make his NHL debut.

To make room for Bailey on Buffalo’s roster, Zemgus Girgensons (lower body) was placed on injured reserve.

Yeo was ‘disappointed’ to see Hoppy the rabbit holding a ‘YEO MUST GO’ sign

Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo argues a call in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Thing have gone from bad to weird in Minnesota, where embattled Wild coach Mike Yeo was “disappointed” to see Zenon Konopka’s rabbit holding a sign that read, “YEO MUST GO.”

Hey, we told you things had gotten weird.

Konopka, a former Wild player, took to Twitter last night after Minnesota’s latest loss.

Here’s what Konopka tweeted:

And what did Yeo think about that?

“I really don’t care what he says,” he told the Star Tribune, apparently adding with a laugh, “I will say I was very disappointed to see Hoppy holding that sign.”

Now, according to the newspaper’s Michael Russo, “Konopka and Yeo had a lot of issues behind the scenes and that’s why [Konopka] ended up on waivers two Januarys ago.”

Still, that doesn’t change the fact that a lot of Wild fans agree with Hoppy, er, Konopka, and it doesn’t change the fact that the Wild could really, really use a win tomorrow at home to Washington.

Video: Anisimov, Niskanen, McDavid star in Goals of the Week

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Nice work from Artem Anisimov and Matt Niskanen this week, but Connor McDavid‘s tally is on a different level.

You can pretty much bank on McDavid being in Goals of the Year, too. Just saying.