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PHT Morning Skate: Joe Pavelski doesn’t like it when you boo him

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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.

Joe Pavelski is a hero to the Sharks, but even getting down 4-2 at home to the Avalanche can motivate him and the Sharks to storm back to victory. (Working The Corners)

Seen Steve Stamkos? The Flames sure saw enough of him after he helped the Lightning win 5-4 in overtime. (Lightning Strikes)

Kirk Muller is using a peculiar strategy to help the Hurricanes power play. He’s showing them how the Canadiens do it. Er… OK Kirk, whatever you say. (News & Observer)

Eric Lindros has some ideas how to help curb concussions. Question is: Will anyone listen? (

Alex Ovechkin scored a goal last night. Even better still, it was the only one of the game as the Caps shutout Winnipeg. (

St. Louis’ Patrik Berglund likes keeping it simple. It worked against the Rangers pretty well last night. (Post-Dispatch)

Martin Hanzal having a goal disallowed poorly helped motivate the Coyotes to storm back against Edmonton. (Ice Chips)

Finally, get a look at the goal Ovechkin scored to win it for Washington. Having a shot like that is totally unfair. (NHL)

Report: Sean Avery was arrested last week

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From the Southampton Press:

Sean Avery, the former National Hockey League player, was arrested by Southampton Village Police last week on two criminal charges.

According to authorities, Mr. Avery was arrested September 30 following a routine traffic stop on Jennings Avenue in the village at about 4:09 p.m. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.

Police said the criminal mischief charge involved an incident the day before, when Mr. Avery allegedly threw objects at passing vehicles.

As for those counts of possession, according to the newspaper, Avery was found to have “two prescription drugs, acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.”

He was released on $500 bail and ordered to appear in court at a later date.

Did we mention he’s supposed to get married this weekend?

H/t Gawker

Devils send ’15 first-rounder Zacha back to junior

2015 NHL Draft - Round One

Pavel Zacha was this close to making his NHL debut.

Just days prior to opening their season against the Jets, the Devils returned Zacha — the sixth overall pick at this year’s draft — back to his junior club in OHL Sarnia.

The move comes after Zacha, 18, impressed throughout training camp and the preseason. He appeared in four exhibition games for New Jersey, scoring one point while endearing himself to the organizational brass, coaching staff and players.

“He understands the game. He plays with a maturity. It’s crazy to think an 18-year-old coming out of high school is up here and playing with the maturity and understanding of the game with the new system,” Kyle Palmieri told “I think he’s got a lot of raw talent there as a power forward. He’s got the body for it, the puck-handling skills and the nose for the net.”

At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Zacha has the frame and physical stature to play at the NHL level, and looked the part for long stretches of the exhibition season, getting turns on New Jersey’s top line.

The decision to send him back to junior is probably the right one, however.

Zacha only turned 18 in April and has limited experience even at the OHL level; ’14-15 was his first year with Sarnia, though he did appear in 38 Czech League games (for Liberec) the season prior.