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.
When Lars Eller netted his hat trick goal (his third of four goals last night) there weren’t just hats hitting the ice at Bell Centre. There was a sex toy as well. (@geeyee17 on Twitter)
Patrick Kane makes his first trip back to Philadelphia since scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goal of the 2010 finals. Chicago hopes it’s a visit that will get his game going. (Chicago Tribune)
Time to fire up the Patrice Bergeron of Selke campaign in Boston. With performances like he had last night, it should be an easy one to rally support for. (Boston Herald)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ bum shoulder is bad enough so the Oilers sent him back to Edmonton while on their current road trip. (Edmonton Journal)
The Kings need as much help scoring as possible, so they asked legendary former King Bernie Nicholls to come talk to the team. (L.A. Times)
The Blues are hoping that the calendar change to 2012 will snap them out of their mini-funk. (Post-Dispatch)
As if times weren’t tough enough for the Sabres, now things are getting quiet at their home arena First Niagara Center. Guys, you have to win more often to get the fans to be loud. (Buffalo News)
Ladislav Smid has done yeoman’s work playing defense in Edmonton this year. (Edmonton Journal)
It wasn’t pretty, and they might have lost key defenseman Matt Niskanen to injury, but at least the Washington Capitals managed a win against the Boston Bruins.
For a while, it was looking pretty ugly.
After going up 3-0, the Capitals went more than a period’s worth of time without even managing a shot on goal. Whether you lean more toward giving the Bruins credit for fighting back or beating up the Capitals for “sitting on a lead,” it’s staggering that such a dangerous offense could be held in check for so long.
Luckily for Washington, Nicklas Backstrom salvaged the night with an overtime goal to give the Capitals a 4-3 overtime win.
Both teams have had a knack for extending games beyond regulation lately, by the way:
Capitals over the last three games:
Shootout loss to the Lightning
Overtime win against the Sabres
Overtime win tonight against the Bruins
Bruins over the last five games:
Shootout loss against Flyers
Shootout win against Hurricanes
Regulation win against Sabres
Overtime win against Panthers
Overtime loss to the Capitals
Maybe that’s what gets it done in 2016-17: finding ways to carve out wins and shake out rough patches, like the Caps did tonight.
Patrice Bergeron doesn’t have a reputation for dirty hits, but he drew the Washington Capitals’ ire for a hit on Matt Niskanen.
The Capitals consider Niskanen “probable” to return to Wednesday’s game against the Boston Bruins with what they’re calling an upper-body injury. Bergeron received a two-minute boarding penalty for the infraction.
(Check out video of the hit above.)
The Capitals’ Twitter acknowledged the brewing bad feelings.
Does Bergeron deserve supplemental discipline for that boarding hit?
Washington currently leads the game 3-2.
There are plenty of hazards on an NHL rink even if you’re not a player.
Barry Trotz ranks among the coaches who’ve been hit by pucks, though he’s one of the tiny sliver of humans who would shake off a puck to the forehead. It can be dangerous for officials, too, whether it means a wayward puck or wayward player.
The latest example comes in the form of linesman Steve Miller needing help off the ice after a puck hit him in the knee area. As you can see from the video, it looked like he was in serious pain.
It’s refreshing that hockey fans have, for the most part, moved on from debating Tyler Bozak‘s merits.
The general feeling is that the Toronto Maple Leafs use him in appropriate ways these days, so we can simply enjoy his work as a pretty spiffy hockey player.
Speaking of spiffy, check out the sweet moves he made against the Minnesota Wild for the goal above. Feels like you could dub over a Chris Berman “whoop” or two in there, right?
(If you’re into that kind of thing.)
Here’s that gaudy move in isolation and in GIF form: