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.
If Teemu Selanne wasn’t going to retire after this year, the Ducks losing ways might be pushing him to do it anyhow. Quit ruining his season, Anaheim! This is more nightmare than story book. (OC Register)
Cory Schneider is an unstoppable force. Hope Roberto Luongo is getting cozy on the bench after Vancouver’s 4-1 win over Columbus. (NBC Sports)
Dustin Penner is healthy… But is he even going to get back in the Kings lineup? (Kings)
Predators color analyst Terry Crisp went back to Calgary last night as a conquering hero. (Tennessean)
What’s the deal with injured Penguins Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek both leaving New York City early? (Chipped Ice)
Claude Julien is becoming a very underrated troll for his rivals. Calling Max Pacioretty’s hit on Kris Letang similar to Matt Cooke’s cheap shot on Marc Savard is a double-burn for both the Habs and Penguins. (CSNNE.com)
Caps have more coaching changes going on. Assistant coach Bob Woods is out as they bring in Jim Johnson to join Dale Hunter. (CSNWashington.com)
Meanwhile, Caps prospect Mattias Sjogren is persona non grata after ditching out on their farm team in Hershey. (CSNWashington.com)
Dmitry Kulikov could be out for a while after getting his leg cut by Eric Staal’s skate. (On Frozen Blog)
Finally, check out Florida’s Jack Skille giving us one of the worst penalty shot attempts we’ve seen in a long time. (NHL)
These are the moments Toronto Maple Leafs fans were dreaming about when they drafted Auston Matthews. At least those bold enough to picture such great things, so soon in his career.
Speaking of so soon … that’s not how you’d describe a 1-0 goal happening in the third period of a game in this Leafs – Washington Capitals series, but it took that long to break the ice in Game 6.
It took a very lucky bounce for the puck to find its way to Matthews … but the finish was pure skill. With that, the remarkable rookie now has a goal in four straight games (with an assist thrown in for good measure).
Video will be added to give you better context for the goal, but until then, check out this GIF of the key moments:
The lead wouldn’t last long, however, as Marcus Johansson scored to tie it 1-1.
Things could get awfully nervous for Toronto as they try to force a decisive Game 7 in Washington, but that was a huge goal by Matthews either way.
It could have been over for Clarke MacArthur plenty of times during his turbulent NHL career. Scratch that, his turbulent hockey career.
His team walked away from his salary arbitration award. MacArthur’s seen plenty of people give up on him. And then, when he finally found a home with the Ottawa Senators, concussion issues threatened to end his playing days.
Yet, there he was on Sunday … drawing a penalty in overtime and then scoring on the ensuing power play to help the Senators advance beyond the Boston Bruins.
He didn’t deny that he imagined very different possibilities during his darker moments.
And, as uplifting as his story was – seriously, just watch this interview and try not to root for the guy – it wasn’t the only emotionally charged moment from Game 6.
Nicholle Anderson was on hand to cheer on Craig Anderson in this one, and the two were able to embrace after the contest:
As violent and intense as the playoffs can often be, MacArthur and Anderson reminded us of the gentler human side of it all.
Remember when many were keeping an eye on Erik Karlsson after he was seemingly cramping up after logging more than 40 minutes in an OT contest against the Boston Bruins?
It’s possible he was also dealing with that sort of ailment, but he earned some “hockey tough” kudos on Sunday after word surfaced that the Ottawa Senators defenseman was dealing with hairline fractures in his left heel through the series.
Sportsnet’s Jason York refers to the issue as “two small fractures” while ESPN’s Joe McDonald went into specifics, noting that Karlsson explains that the injury happened on March 28 (and was why he missed some games late in the season).
There’s some optimism as the Senators ready for the New York Rangers, at least according to Karlsson.
Either way, that’s impressive stuff from the Senators defenseman, and the sort of information that usually only surfaces after a team has been eliminated. We’ll see if he’s hindered by such issues as the playoffs go along.
The NHL officially announced the nominees for the 2017 Lady Byng on Sunday, and they’re a star-studded bunch: Johnny Gaudreau, Mikael Granlund and Vladimir Tarasenko.
The PHWA determines “the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”
(Did Tarasenko help eliminate Granlund’s team in a gentlemanly fashion?)
For more on the three finalists, click here.