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.
Ever hear of the Punk Test? Steve Dangle has and he says the Bruins are giving it to everyone… And they’re failing. (Real Sports)
Report says the Tom Gaglardi will be approved by the Board of Governors as the Stars new owner soon. (ESPN Dallas)
The Islanders are calling their third jersey debut a success. If by stomach pains, laughter, and nausea then yes, it’s a success. (Islanders)
Brian Campbell is autographing cans of soup to help support a food drive for Thanksgiving. That’s so deep, thoughtful, cool, and funny. (On Frozen Pond)
Who own da Canucks? Da Hawks do. They owwwnz dem. Owwwnz. (CSNChicago)
If you don’t think NHL players are keeping an eye on the NBA lockout, you’re wrong. Joe Pavelski is eyeballing things carefully. (CSNBayArea.com)
Junior hockey player Ryan Rupert used his stick like an ax to chop down his opponent and fight him after a loss. Nice right? Yeah, he only got a five game suspension. How’d the Wheel Of Justice land in the OHL like that? (Buzzing The Net)
Thomas Greiss isn’t exactly excited about seeing Antero Niittymaki coming back for the Sharks. (CSNBayArea.com)
Some humor for you: Curious to know if your team is on the bubble? Let The Active Stick tell you. (The Active Stick)
Finally, you clicked on this link to see Jaromir Jagr look like he’s ready to take on Bruce Lee. No one does a Movember Fu Manchu like Jagr as Randy Miller of Flyer Files got the dirt on it. (Flyer Files)
Kings outlast Canucks in first edition of NHL China Games
The Los Angeles Kings came away with a 5-2 preseason win over the Vancouver Canucks in the first of the 2017 NHL China Games. This contest took place in lovely Shanghai.
Adrian Kempe got the ball rolling for Kings, as he scored the first goal of the game on the power play to make it 1-0 for his team (top).
Kings forward Tanner Pearson scored a great shorthanded breakaway goal to extend Los Angeles’ lead to 2-0 (check out the Pearson goal by clicking the video below).
The shorthanded goal against wasn’t the only issue the Canucks power play had in this game. Vancouver managed to score once on the man-advantage, but they finished the game 1-for-14 in that department (yes, it’s only a preseason game).
with Vancouver trailing 3-0 in the second period, Sven Baertschi finally got them on the board to cut the Kings lead to 3-1.
Markus Granlund made it 3-2 in the third period, but that’s as close as the Canucks would come to tying the score.
Pearson extended Los Angeles’ lead to 4-2 before Jeff Carter finished off the game with an empty-net goal.
These two teams will meet again in Beijing on Saturday at 3:30 a.m. ET.
On Wednesday night, they got to put the chemistry to the test, as Vrana and the Caps played the Canadiens in Montreal.
Vrana finished the game with a power play goal (an innocent shot that went off Canadiens defenseman Brandon Davidson and in the net). Kuznetsov and Ovechkin registered the assists on the goal and the Caps won 4-2.
“We played fast today,” Vrana said, per the Washington Post. “We had some passes today, some chances. It’s always a good sign when you have chances. … You’re going to be confident when you play with guys like this. You’re just going to be confident on the ice with the puck. Just play fast and build some chemistry there.”
The 21-year-old got his first taste of real NHL action last season, but the production simply wasn’t there (three goals and three assists in 21 games). But the 13th overall pick in the 2014 draft did put up solid numbers in the AHL, as he had 36 points in 49 games last year and 34 points in 36 games with the Hershey Bears two years ago.
“He gets to space,” head coach Barry Trotz said. “He gets on the puck because he moves his legs and his speed is noticeable. Kuzy can get him the puck, and getting down ice, he can put some pressure to create a forecheck, too. He worked hard today, and I think we keep putting him with top players, because we think he’s going to be a top player.”
WATCH LIVE: Canucks vs. Kings from Shanghai, China
The Vancouver Canucks and L.A. Kings will make history on Thursday.
The two teams will face each other in an exhibition series in China, marking the first time NHL teams will play preseason games in that country. The two-game set gets underway with Thursday’s contest from the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.
Set your alarms, wake up early (especially if you’re on the west coast!), put on a pot of coffee and catch the game on NBCSN (7:30 a.m. ET) or online with the live stream.