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PHT Morning Skate: These aren’t the bumpkins you’re looking for

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.

Jeff Miller of the Orange County Register adds some fuel to the Ducks-Preds rivalry after a 4-2 Preds win via Twitter saying, “Keep it classy, bumpkins.” (@jeffmillerOCR)

Tyler Dellow is on the job again. This time he discovers a court case about former NHL’er Garrett Burnett getting busted for steroids. Georges Laraque would like to talk to him. (mc79hockey)

Chicago’s John Scott is still looking for someone to dance with. Dance with their fists that is. (ESPN Chicago)

Andrei Markov is hitting the road with the Canadiens. No, he’s not even close to playing. (Sun Media)

The Bruins are wise to the Oilers’ success so far this year. Good thing or else they might get run out of the barn. (Edmonton Journal)

Matt Carkner is skating again for Ottawa but he’s not close to returning and getting rough with opponents. (Senators Extra)

Colin Fraser’s controversial route to Los Angeles via semi-bogus trade from Edmonton finally comes to life as he’s set to join the lineup. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Steve Ott isn’t hitting the road with the Dallas Stars. A little less aggravation for their opponents’ fans will be nice for them. (Dallas Morning News)

New Blue Jackets forward Mark Letestu is thankful for his time in Pittsburgh. Hope he took a lot of pictures, chances of joy in Columbus are pretty low. (Empty Netters)

Mike Cammalleri is confident the goals will come in Montreal. He’d better hope so or else it’ll sound like, “Et le BOOOOO!” up there. (Montreal Gazette)

After clearing waivers, Mattias Ritola is apparently taking his talents to MODO in the Swedish league. (Lightning Strikes)

Finally, check out Nashville rookie Craig Smith getting tricky with Jonas Hiller and banking one in from behind the goal line. (NHL)

Hartnell’s winner halts Hurricanes comeback attempt

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 24:  Scott Hartnell #43 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on October 24, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Blue Jackets defeated the Avalanche 4-3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Scott Hartnell scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period to push the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Saturday night.

Hartnell scored in the first period and got the tiebreaker in the third, helping the Blue Jackets overcome a terrible second period to beat the Hurricanes for the second time this week. Carolina has lost three straight.

Markus Hannikainen also scored, and Sergei Bobrovsky had 35 saves for Columbus.

Sebastian Aho and Justin Faulk scored in the second period for Carolina. Michael Leighton, recalled from Charlotte of the AHL on Thursday, started in place of Cam Ward and stopped 17 shots.

Hannikainen poked in the first goal for Columbus 4:49 into the game off a rebound in front of Carolina’s net. The shot through traffic resulted in the first goal and point of the 23-year-old rookie’s NHL career.

About 10 minutes later, Hartnell got a breakaway and slammed a slap shot past Leighton’s glove from just inside the blue line to put Columbus up 2-0 at the first break.

“I just tried to bury my head and shoot as hard as I could,” Hartnell said.

The second period belonged to the Hurricanes.

Carolina got the first one back on a power play 9:05 in when Aho picked up the loose puck off Jaccob Slavin‘s blocked slap shot and found the net from eight feet out.

Justin Faulk tied it at 2 when he carried the puck through the neutral zone and snapped off a shot from the right circle that rattled off the bar and in with 4:33 left. Carolina outshot Columbus 9-2 in the period, and Blue Jackets players went to the penalty box four times.

Hartnell got the winner when he took a pass from Sam Gagner and knocked it in from 13 feet with 9:35 left.

Carolina pulled the goalie with 2:32 left but couldn’t tie it.

Video: The Sabres weren’t happy with Emelin after dangerous hit on Moulson

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Alexei Emelin has once again drawn the ire of opposing players.

This time, it was the Buffalo Sabres responding to a hit thrown by Emelin, who caught Matt Moulson with a dangerous hit from behind into the boards during the second period of their game on Saturday.

A massive scrum ensued right over top of Emelin and Moulson along the boards.

Emelin, who has a history of massive and questionable hits throughout his career (See here, here and here for examples) was given a minor penalty for boarding on the play.

Video: Simmonds drops the gloves with Wood

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Wayne Simmonds is not only a productive power forward, but he’s one tough customer.

He showed that again Saturday, dropping the gloves with Miles Wood of the New Jersey Devils during the first period.

The fight occurred right after Wood drove Radko Gudas hard into the boards on the forecheck. The scrap didn’t last long, however, with Simmonds landing a few shots and then taking the Devils forward to the ice.

Simmonds was assessed an extra roughing minor.

We have a (minor league) trade to announce

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 28:  Michael Latta #17 of the Los Angeles Kings during a preseason game at Staples Center on September 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Blackhawks and L.A. Kings have made a minor league trade on Saturday.

The Blackhawks acquired forward Michael Latta, who has 113 games of NHL experience with the Washington Capitals, in exchange for defenseman Cameron Schilling.

Latta will report to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, according to the Blackhawks. In 29 games this season with the Ontario Reign, Latta has two goals and six points.

Schilling, 28, is expected to be assigned to the Reign, the team said in a release.

In 40 games this season with the IceHogs, Schilling has seven goals and 17 points.