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 Sharks have been playing some of the best goaltenders in the league lately and it hasn’t slowed them down at all. What’s going to happen when they play some bad goaltenders? (CSN Bay Area)
Rookie Adam Larsson was leveled by Alexander Ovechkin on Friday night. Instead of complaining about the hit, the young defenseman simply said that he should have kept his head up. Refreshing. (The Star-Ledger)
Matthew Hulsizer continues working towards buying an NHL team. The Blues, not the Coyotes. (Post-Dispatch)
On the ice in St. Louis, the Blues are preparing for the “Tampa Bay trap!” Because it’s not like they haven’t been playing this defensive system for 13 months or anything. (Post-Dispatch)
Dave Bolland is going to be out of the lineup for a while with his foot injury. Never fear Blackhawks fans, Marcus Kruger is here? (Chicago Sun-Times)
Some nastiness in the OHL last night. It’s never a good thing when a player winds up and swings his stick (and connects) with an opponent. If Tom Kuhnhackl received 20 games for his hit on Ryan Murphy, then London’s Ryan Rupert might be suspended until 2025. (Buzzing the Net)
Here’s a mild understatement: the Battle of Ontario isn’t what it used to be. (SportsNet)
Tim Thomas pitches a shutout, and then gets to rest for a pair of games. All part of Claude Julien’s plan to keep the Conn Smythe winner fresh for the entire season. (Boston Herald)
The “feel good” story that just keeps getting better: Ray Emery is finding his place in Chicago. Not bad for a guy who came in on a professional tryout, eh? (ESPN Chicago)
Finally, watch as an 8-year old in a Rangers jersey completely blows off the New York captain at center ice. (NHL)
The Buzzer: Kempe, Schwartz record hat tricks; Leafs honor Gord Downie
The Blues forward tallied his third career hat trick during a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Schwartz scored the game’s first two goals before completing his hat trick with a late empty-net goal to stave off a Chicago comeback.
Wednesday’s feat for Schwartz came three years to the day of his first career three-goal game.
Kempe, meanwhile, tallied his first NHL hat trick and finished with four points during LA’s 5-1 rout of the Montreal Canadiens. Two of his three goals were assisted by Mike Cammalleri, who also finished the night with four points.
Highlight of the night:
Eddie Olczyk returned to the NBC broadcast booth as he continues his battle against colon cancer. Olczyk, along with Doc Emrick, called the Blues-Blackhawks game from Scottrade Center Wednesday night.
–Auston Matthews recorded the 20th multi-point game of his career. He now has six goals and 10 points on the season.
Adrian Kempe recorded his first career NHL hat trick and Mike Cammalleri added two goals as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-1.
After Paul Byron opened the scoring for Montreal midway through the first period, the Kings responded with five unanswered goals to hand the Habs their sixth straight defeat.
Cammalleri, who inked a one-year deal over the summer to return to the Kings, had a hand in four of LA’s five goals. He started the scoring for the Kings in the first period by celebrating the Dodgers’ playoff run with his own special kind of baseball swing.
Kempe, who finished with four points as well, scored his three goals over a span of 10:50 in the third period to help the Kings to their best start in franchise history (5-0-1).
LA remains the only NHL team yet to lose in regulation this season.
Jaden Schwartz‘s third career hat trick helped power the St. Louis Blues over the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 in a Central Division clash Wednesday night at Scottrade Center.
Schwartz’s eventful evening began with a goal 4:46 into the first period. It was nearly ended minutes later after a scary crash into the end boards following a scoring chance.
After missing some time, Schwartz returned in the second period and doubled the Blues’ lead with his fourth of a season, thanks to a great outlet pass from Allen.
As the Blues built up a 4-0 lead, the Blackhawks spoiled Allen’s shutout bid with a pair of late power play goals 80 seconds apart. The furious rally was stopped, however, and Schwartz capped off his hat trick with an empty netter to put the game out of reach.
St. Louis dominated the first two periods, outshooting the Blackhawks 26-8 as they built up their 2-0 lead. The Blackhawks’ power play failed them early in the game, missing out on five chances to capitalize with the extra man through 40 minutes.
The Montreal Canadiens play their second game of a three-game west coast trip Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Kings.
It hasn’t been the best start for the Habs, who sit tied for last in the Eastern Conference with a 1-4-1 record. They’re winless since an opening night win over the Buffalo Sabres. On the other side of things, the Kings are the only NHL team that has yet to lose in regulation. Their 4-0-1 start puts them a point behind the Vegas Golden Knights, and their game in-hand gives them the opportunity to leap into first place in the Pacific Division with a victory.
You can check out tonight’s game on NBCSN (10:30 p.m. ET) or online via the live stream.