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.
Someone found Theo Fleury’s Stanley Cup ring that he lost at the Heritage Classic and decided to cryptically call him out to get it on Craigslist. Meet them in public Theo! (Calgary Sun, Craigslist)
Barry Trotz speaks his mind to defend the recently suspended Jordin Tootoo. (Tennessean)
Meanwhile, Tyler Dellow breaks down and compares Tootoo’s hit on Ryan Miller with Milan Lucic’s in Zapruder-like ways with harsh words for Brendan Shanahan. (mc79hockey)
We’re happy to see The Globe And Mail’s Eric Duhatschek back on the beat after dealing with illness. (Globe And Mail)
Joe Sacco was in no mood to be challenged by Vancouver reporters after the Avs were stomped last night. (All Things Avs)
Bad news for Colorado’s Peter Mueller, he’s still out but now he’s listed as having a head injury. (All Things Avs)
Toronto’s Colby Armstrong is hoping to be back in action Friday night in Washington. (Toronto Sun)
Did you know? Three different goalies recorded assists last night: Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec, Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, and Vancouver’s Cory Schneider
Carlo Colaiacovo is pretty sick and tired of always being hurt. (Post-Dispatch)
College hockey news: It turns out the Alabama-Huntsville program might not be dead after all. Give it up for independent donors trying to save the school’s lone Division-I program. (Huntsville Times)
Finally, check out Daniel Sedin’s hat trick last night against Colorado. (NHL)
For a while, the story of the Florida Panthers – Toronto Maple Leafs game would be the remarkable march of Jonathan Marchessault.
As great as his story remains (he gave Florida 1-0 and 2-1 leads), those pesky young Maple Leafs keep stealing the headlines.
In tonight’s case, it was Mitch Marner who was raising eyebrows as he assisted on all three of Toronto’s goals in a 3-2 victory.
His third assist was just sublime:
After the game, Tyler Bozak pondered the two goals Marner helped him score and deemed the youngster “an elite player,” according to the Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle.
Considering the growing discomfort regarding Frederik Andersen‘s play, this tweet should help to make Maple Leafs fans smile:
Ehhhhh, Marner might deserve that first star, but the gesture means almost as much as the win.
Devan Dubnyk already showed signs of having a hot start to 2016-17, but Thursday made that point abundantly clear.
For the second straight game, Dubnyk generated a shutout, with the Minnesota Wild beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 in this instance.
It’s not as if Dubnyk is just leisurely turning aside the occasional chance, either; he made 38 saves to blank Buffalo and needed to stop 65 shots on goal considering the 27 he turned aside in a 5-0 win vs. Boston.
Ryan Suter said that Dubnyk bailed his teammates out during the second period, as the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo reports.
He’s now allowed just 10 goals in six games so far in 2016-17, with Taylor Hall‘s overtime-winner being the last shot to beat him. That came on Sunday:
More often than not, Dubnyk’s been making those saves so far in this young season.
There are plenty of differences between Alex Ovechkin and Patrik Laine, including obvious things like one being from Russia and the other from Finland.
Still, there are moments when Laine inspires comparisons to his idol, even this early in his rookie season.
Thursday presented one of those moments. It wasn’t just that Laine fired a 3-0 goal home for the Winnipeg Jets against the Dallas Stars with such moxie; it was also that he showed some swagger with a celebration afterward.
This GIF captures the moment brilliantly, while you can also watch the goal in video form.
Sure, there will be some grumbles from the “act like you’ve been here before” crowd, but this is brilliant stuff for the rest of us.
Early this season, Dmitry Orlov delighted onlookers and angered Matt Duchene with a mind-blowing, throwback hip check. People really seemed to enjoy it.
While you’d struggle to top that hit, Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier must have sensed the void in checks that almost seem to flip opponents, doing so against Anthony Duclair during Thursday’s contest.
Rate this as you will:
Want another look at the Orlov one for comparison’s sake or to chuckle in disbelief? Why not: