PHT Morning Skate: Life after Teemu

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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.

Martin St. Louis wore a visor for the first time in his NHL career on Thursday night, but that’s not the big news. Sadly, the Tampa Bay Lightning believe the blurred vision he’s experiencing in his left eye might just be permanent. (St. Petersburg Times.)

Pierre LeBrun provides a collection of possibilities if the old trading cat is out of the bag. (ESPN)

Interesting stuff from The Contrarian Goaltender: how both team and individual effort might have affected Grant Fuhr’s stats in the Edmonton Oilers’ heyday. (Brodeur is a Fraud)

The Calgary Flames react to the addition/return of Michael Cammalleri and the loss of Rene Bourque. (Calgary Herald)

The Pittsburgh Penguins are falling fast and are far from healthy. With six goals scored during their six-game losing streak, the burden to close the door falls to Marc-Andre Fleury. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

On pace for a career-low 18 goals, Patrick Kane hopes to regain that “elusive scoring magic.” (Chicago Tribune)

Joe Haggerty wonders if the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry has lost “its snap,, crackle and pop.” Hopefully you already had breakfast this morning. (CSNNE.com)

Looking at what life might look like for the Anaheim Ducks once the sad day comes when Teemu Selanne decides to retire. (OC Register)

Mike Heika reports that there’s some concern that a suspension might follow Brenden Morrow’s hit on Anze Kopitar. (Dallas Morning News)

Ken Hitchcock was pleased with what he saw on Thursday even though the Vancouver Canucks beat the St. Louis Blues in overtime last night. (Jeremy Rutherford)

Jason Arnott scored both of the Blues’ goals, including this odd tally against Roberto Luongo & Co.

Erik Karlsson played through hairline fractures in foot to help Sens advance

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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.

Hmm.

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.

Gaudreau, Granlund and Tarasenko: 2017 Lady Byng finalists

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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.

MacArthur, Senators end Bruins’ season in OT after controversial calls

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It’s a feel-good story, especially if you can look beyond questions of officiating.

Clarke MacArthur could have very well never played another NHL game considering his lengthy battles with concussion symptoms. Instead, he drew a penalty on the Boston Bruins in overtime of Game 6 and then managed to score the series-clinching goal.

Now, this isn’t to say that MacArthur didn’t rightfully draw a penalty; it most clearly was. And, in the bigger picture, it’s one of those stories that almost makes you wonder if real-life sports actually do follow Hollywood scripts.

People just wonder about some other decisions during that overtime, in particular, making it frustrating for some Bruins fans to see the season end in such a way.

Whether they like it or not, that is the case, though.

The Senators took Game 6 by a score of 3-2 (OT), winning their series 4-2. They can breathe a sigh of relief in avoiding a Game 7, an especially valuable bonus since Erik Karlsson had been pushed hard lately, logging more than 40 minutes in a recent game.

Ottawa avoids a do-or-die contest. Instead, they’ll face the New York Rangers in the next round while the Bruins enter the summer following an up-and-down campaign.

Bergeron takes advantage of slow Sens change, sends Game 6 to OT (Video)

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Every game in this Senators – Bruins series has been decided by one goal, so why not send Game 6 to overtime?

Oh, and speaking of overtime, this contest going beyond regulation makes it 17 OT games, tying an NHL record for the most in a single round.

Ottawa appeared to take a “lazy change” with a 2-1 lead, and Patrice Bergeron made the Senators pay, putting in a rebound to collect the goal that eventually sent this contest to overtime.