Nikita Filatov

PHT Morning Skate: Filly don’t do rebounds

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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.

Allan Panzeri shares a tremendous story by Columbus beat writer Aaron Portzline by soon-to-be-gone failed prospect Nikita Filatov. Even Allen Iverson thinks his linguistics are sassy. Filly don’t do rebounds and he sure don’t do NHL hockey now either. (Senators Extra)

Tyler Myers escapes punishment for his hit on Dainius Zubrus. Buffalo sending a fruit basket to Brendan Shanahan as a gift. (Fire & Ice)

CSN Bay Area’s Brodie Brazil had a solid one-on-one with Sharks GM Doug Wilson discussing the team. (

The Canadiens lost a team legend in equipment manager Eddy Palchak. Rest in peace to one of the best in the business. (Canadiens)

Everything you ever needed to know about visors and how they’d help all players. (Backhand Shelf)

Kid Rock is a Caps fan now? Not exactly, he’s just doing his thing for charity. Good on ya, Kid. (D.C. Sports Bog)

Oilers will miss Cam Barker for the next three months with ankle surgery. Relatedly, open tryouts to play defense for Edmonton should be scheduled any day now. (Edmonton Journal)

Former Coyotes teammates Keith Aucoin and Derek Morris had some not-so-nice things to say about Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryz got them back by beating them last night. (Broad Street Hockey)

Nick Leddy is turning heads with his offensive game in Chicago. He’s no Steve Montador, but he’s awfully good. (Chicago Tribune)

Milan Michalek just keeps scoring adding a goal and an assist in Ottawa’s 5-2 win over the Oilers. (Senators Extra)

Carolina calls up Justin Faulk once again in a desperate hope he can help the Canes actually play defense. (Hurricanes)

Hal Gill was taken to the hospital for an undisclosed virus. That’s gotta be a big bug to take out a big man. (Montreal Gazette)

Finally, check out the hit of the night as Patrik Berglund, the puck carrier, catches wannabe checker Dmitry Kulikov off-guard. (NHL)

Niemi blanks Pens, notches two assists in Stars debut

Antti Niemi, Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist

DALLAS (AP) — Antti Niemi recorded his 33rd career shutout and assisted on two goals in his Dallas debut, as the Stars beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 on Thursday night in the season opener for both.

Ales Hemsky had a power-play goal and an assist.

Rookie Matthias Janmark scored on his first shot on his first shift in an NHL game to make it 1-0. The Stars acquired Niemi and Janmark in trades earlier this year.

Dallas scored on two of five power plays. Jamie Benn, the NHL’s leading scorer last season, had a power-play goal in the third period.

Niemi made 37 saves to improve his career record against the Penguins to 5-1-1. He withstood a flurry in the final minute after Pittsburgh pulled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for an extra skater.

Fleury had 21 saves.

The Stars are 4-0-1 in their last five home games against Pittsburgh, and have won three in a row overall.

Janmark skated down the slot, took a pass from Hemsky and shot between Fleury’s legs at 1:39 of the first.

The Penguins dominated the latter half of the period, but couldn’t score. Niemi’s best stop was a reaching glove save of Rod Scuderi’s drive from the blue line with less than 3 minutes remaining. Pittsburgh outshot the Stars 10-4 in the first.

Hemsky scored at 5:42 of the second on Dallas’ first power play. His shot from the top of the right faceoff circle went in over Fleury’s right shoulder.

The Penguins again had an advantage in shots, 13-11. Pittsburgh had chances in close, but Niemi turned those away. Midway through the second, John Klingberg cleared away a loose puck from in front of the net.

Seven seconds into the Stars’ fourth power play of the third period, Jamie Benn tipped in Jason Spezza‘s shot from the right point.

NOTES: Dallas acquired Janmark as part of a March trade that sent Erik Cole to Detroit. The rookie had been playing in the Swedish Hockey League. . San Jose traded Niemi’s rights to the Stars in June for a seventh-round draft pick. Also making their Dallas debuts were LW Patrick Sharp and D Johnny Oduya, teammates with Chicago’s Stanley Cup champions last season. . In his first game for the Penguins, Phil Kessel played in his 447th straight game. . Pittsburgh was 0 for 3 on the power play.

Fabbri’s first spoils McDavid’s debut as Blues down Oilers

Robby Fabbri, Justin Schultz
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie Robby Fabbri scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to help the St. Louis Blues beat Edmonton 3-1 Thursday night, spoiling Oilers rookie Connor McDavid‘s NHL debut.

Vladimir Tarasenko had the tying goal for the Blues near the midpoint of the second period, and Troy Brouwer added an empty-netter with 18 seconds remaining in the third. Brian Elliott finished with 23 saves.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored in the first period for Edmonton and Cam Talbot had 28 saves.

McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, took 22 shifts, played 18:07 and was on the ice for Brouwer’s goal. He had two shots on goal, and struggled on faceoffs – winning only three of 13.

Fabbri, a 19-year-old forward — and McDavid’s childhood friend — was also playing in his first NHL game. The Blues’ first-round pick in 2014 was one of three rookies in the St. Louis lineup, joining defensemen Colton Parayko and Joel Edmundson.

Nugent-Hopkins gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead late in the first period with a fluke power-play goal. He lost a face-off but when Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo tried to clear the puck it bounced off Alexander Steen and past Brian Elliott. Nugent-Hopkins was credited with the unassisted power-play goal with 2:38 remaining in the period.

Tarasenko tied it a 9:10 of the second after getting loose on a breakaway with a stretch pass from Alex Pietrangelo and beating Talbot through his legs.

Tarasenko, who signed an eight-year, $60 million extension in the offseason, was the last Blues player to score in his debut.

NOTES: McDavid and F Anton Slepyshev made their NHL debuts for the Oilers. … St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina dropped the ceremonial first puck. … The attendance was announced as standing room-only 19,327.