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PHT’s Morning Skate: Ducks hold meetings, Recchi takes nap

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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.

What do the Vancouver Canucks have to say about Mark Recchi’s claims that they’re the most arrogant team he played against? Kevin Bieksa brings the zinger: “Mark Recchi can go take a nap.” Solid. (Vancouver Province.)

What did you do on the night of April 3, 2006? It’s OK, I don’t remember what I was doing either. The Columbus Blue Jackets won in Nashville that night and finally accomplished that feat again on Saturday. That’s a pretty stunning drought considering that they’re in the same division, eh? (Inside Smashville.)

Jack Capuano has no answers for why the Boston Bruins buzzed through the New York Islanders by a count of 6-0. Can I offer one? The Bruins are a lot better. (ESPN New York.)

Jose Theodore stars in: “The Stick that Saved a Goal Against Pittsburgh.”

Theo’s equipment might have been blessed at Nov. 19, but Dwayne Roloson didn’t have the same luck with his. Place this goal firmly in the “Oof” category.

Chuck Gormley indulges in our collective urge to read into Capitals GM George McPhee’s decision not to answer questions about a “vote of confidence” for Bruce Boudreau. (CSNWashington.com)

The Anaheim Ducks are trying just about every meeting imaginable to get out of their funk. The greater Anaheim area might run out of coffee cake if they keep slumping away. (OC Register.)

How do you describe a 9-2 loss on the heels of a 5-2 defeat? Joel Quenneville described it as such: “That was thoroughly embarrassing, humiliating across the board.” Yeah, that sounds about right. Some might raise a few questions about the Chicago Blackhawks’ little trip to Las Vegas after those two losses, too, though. (CSNChicago.com.)

Good news: the Dallas Stars have their new owner. Bad news: the San Jose Sharks owned them on Saturday, extending the Stars’ losing streak to five games. Potentially great news: the Stars are engaging in contract talks with Jamie Benn and Alex Goligoski. (Dallas Morning News.)

With 12 games and 24 NHL teams in action, there’s a chance you missed something great or at least memorable. Here’s a collection of the highlights from Nov. 19.

 

Pavelski’s late goal helps Sharks grab 2-0 series lead over Preds

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The San Jose Sharks became the only team in the second round to jump out to a 2-0 lead in their series. The Sharks did it by beating the Predators 3-2 in Game 2 on Sunday night.

San Jose opened the scoring in the second period when Logan Couture buried a rebound by Preds goalie Pekka Rinne. Brent Burns took the initial shot from the point and extended his playoff point streak to four games.

The Predators finally got on the board at the 12:56 mark of the third period when Mattias Ekholm tied the game at one.

Here’s the goal:

Nashville’s good fortune didn’t last very long. Sharks captain Joe Pavelski gave San Jose a 2-1 lead less than five minutes later.

Pavelski also picked up two assists in the game. The 31-year-old has at least one point in six of his seven postseason games in 2016.

Joe Thornton then added an empty-netter in the final minute of play before Ryan Johansen scored with four seconds remaining.

Despite the loss, Preds head coach Peter Laviolette wasn’t too disappointed by the way his team played.

The Predators outshot the Sharks (39-25), they outhit San Jose (46-26), but they just couldn’t outscore them.

Like the old saying goes: “you’re not in trouble until you lose a game on home ice.” The Preds still haven’t done that, which means they’re not done yet.

The series now shifts to Nashville for Game 3, which will be played on Tuesday night.

Video: Marc-Edouard Vlasic saved by his visor after taking Shea Weber shot to the face

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It’s a scary night for players getting hit in the head with pucks.

After Brian Elliott was hit in the head by a Jason Spezza slapshot, it was Marc-Edouard Vlasic‘s turn to narrowly avoid disaster.

In the third period of Sunday’s game against the Predators, Vlasic took a puck to the face. The end result could have been catastrophic had Vlasic not had a visor.

You can see the incident by clicking the video at the top of the page.

It’s nice to see that Vlasic was in a joking mood after the game:

Hockey Twitter breathed a collective sigh of relief after Vlasic got back up:

It sounds like Olli Maatta won’t be ready for Game 3

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You’ve all seen it by now (if you haven’t, click the video at the top of page). Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta was forced to leave Game 2 against the Capitals after taking a late hit from Brooks Orpik. Not only was the hit late, but Orpik also caught Maatta in the head.

After the Penguins’ optional skate on Sunday, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan wasn’t optimistic about Maatta’s chances of playing in Game 3 on Monday night.

“Olli’s being evaluated as we speak, so I don’t have any real update as far as his status is concerned,” Sullivan said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He’s being evaluated today, we’ll probably have more information in the morning.

“I don’t have a lot of sense of his availability. I’m probably not optimistic, though.”

After the game, Capitals coach Barry Trotz stood up for his defenseman.

“We’ll let the league handle it,” Trotz said, per CSN Mid-Atlantic. “If you know anything about Brooks, he plays hard, he plays clean. He’s not a dirty player.”

And the league certainly did handle it, as they suspended Orpik for three games.

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Penguins coach takes issue with late, high Orpik hit on Maatta

Brooks Orpik suspended three games for hit on Olli Maatta

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Brooks Orpik has been suspended for three games for his hit on Olli Maatta (top). The Caps defenseman will be forced to miss Games 3, 4 and 5 of the best-of-seven series against the Penguins.

Orpik delivered a late, high hit to Maatta in Game 2. The Penguins defenseman was wobbly getting off the ice and he was unable to return to the game.

Here’s how the Department of Players Safety saw the play:

“Orpik steps up to pressure Bonino, who quickly moves the puck to Maatta. Orpik peels off Bonino to pressure Maatta, who releases a shot from the top of the circle. The two continue on their path toward the goal line, as the puck is kicked into the slot. A full second after Maatta releases the puck, Orpik delivers a high, forceful hit making significant head contact. This is interference.”

To watch the NHL’s Department of Player Safety’s full explanation, click the video below.

This is the third time Orpik’s been suspended in his NHL career.