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 Canucks didn’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for their visitors from Ottawa this weekend. (Senators Extra)
Making matters worse, the Canucks got a couple of iffy hits from Andrew Alberts on Kaspars Daugavins and Alex Burrows opening the door on Jesse Winchester. Hey, maybe Mark Recchi had a point. (Ottawa Sun)
Paul Maurice gets to yuk it up after beating his former team. Rage on Leafs fans. (Toronto Sun)
Easton is supplying Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson with sticks and they’re loving seeing him tear through them like crazy. (Senators Extra)
The Ducks power play is terrible. If I were a lesser man I’d say it was for the birds. Alas, here we are. (OC Register)
The Stars, meanwhile, would like to stop giving their opponents too many power play chances. (Stars)
Keith Primeau is doing his best in his post-playing career to discuss concussions and player safety. (CSNPhilly.com)
Scott Gomez is feeling better after dealing with a torn muscle. Now about all the booing in Montreal… (Montreal Gazette)
Finally, Detroit’s Brad Stuart must be a hell of a billiards player if he can play bounces like this to get an empty net goal. (NHL)
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger