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. (CSNBayArea.com)

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)

Latest way the Wild lost? Killed by penalty kill

Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk sits on the ice after giving up a goal to St. Louis Blues' Jori Lehtera, of Finland, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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It’s said that variety is the spice of life, yet it seems to be the spite of the Minnesota Wild.

As head coach Mike Yeo said, this struggling team appears to find a new way to lose virtually every night. That couldn’t have happened once again on Saturday, when they fell 4-1 to the St. Louis Blues, could it?

Actually …

If you ask Jarret Stoll, the latest problem was the penalty kill.

Honestly, Stoll may have been too specific, likely trying to throw his own unit under the bus. Instead, it might be more accurate to say that Minnesota’s special teams let them down.

Indeed, the Wild struggled to limit the Blues’ power play, which went an unsettling 3-for-6. That said, Minnesota had a chance to trade blows with St. Louis. Instead, the Wild managed one power-play goal on seven opportunities.

The silver lining is that the Wild believe that they showed more fight than this fragile bunch had been generating before.

On the other hand, with Jonas Brodin on IR and Jared Spurgeon apparently hurt, that silver lining may not be so easy to see.

Statement in Blackhawks’ blowout of Stars? Coach Q says they’re even

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Worry (if you’re pulling for the Stars) or gloat (if you’re a Blackhawks fan) all you want, but the bottom line is that the Central Division’s No.1 spot is clearly in Chicago’s control after Saturday night.

The Blackhawks earned a decisive 5-1 win against the Dallas Stars, giving them a five-point standings lead over Dallas for the Central Division lead.

You may feel like that’s more of the same, but consider this: things would look a lot closer if Dallas won or gained points, as they hold three games in hand on the ‘Hawks.

At least one Blackhawks player admits this game means a little more than your average W.

Indeed, while Antti Niemi was pulled from the game and Kari Lehtonen faced his own struggles in Dallas’ net, Corey Crawford ranked as one of the big reasons why the score was so lopsided.

(Artem Anisimov had a big say in that, too.)

As a wise coach with 1,000+ games of experience would do, Joel Quenneville didn’t go overboard in assessing the victory.

Was this a statement game? Who knows, but a certain statement is that the Blackhawks now have a five-point standings lead.

Brad Marchand wins it … on a penalty shot … in overtime

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Looking at the standings, beating the Buffalo Sabres was pretty important for the Boston Bruins. The Atlantic Division’s run for spots appears particularly congested out East.

Of all the Bruins to get a chance to win it all, the team might have wanted Brad Marchand to have that opportunity. He’s on pace to destroy his previous career-highs for scoring, and Marchand’s been particularly hot lately.

Either way, Marchand came up big indeed, scoring the rare overtime game-winner on a penalty shot. Check out the drama below:

That can be a big extra point and ROW (regulation/overtime win) when the regular season is finished.

Note: Many believe that Marchand should not have received a penalty shot on the play.

Crosby kills the Cats: Penguins end Panthers’ winning streak

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) collides with Florida Panthers' Connor Brickley (86) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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For quite some time, it looked like the Florida Panthers would keep the Pittsburgh Penguins under wraps.

Florida nursed a 1-0 lead into a 2-0 margin almost halfway through the third period, looking to win its sixth consecutive game. That looked great … and then Sidney Crosby + Kris Letang happened.

Let’s put it this way: this GIF of Crosby being frustrated is amusing, yet it doesn’t exactly tell the story of Saturday’s 3-2 overtime win for the Penguins:

Instead, Crosby grabbed his 900th point assisting on a Letang goal, and finished the night with 902 by collecting the game-tying goal and grabbing a helper on Letang’s overtime game-winner.

Crosby crossing that barrier is indeed special, even if it prompts “What if?” questions about No. 87’s health.

The resurgence of Crosby and Letang already played a big role in the Penguins going from disjointed and frustrating to sneaky and scary, so it  shouldn’t be that surprising to see them play so well. Doing so in such brisk order is a little bewildering, however.