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.
Kyle Turris returns to Phoenix tonight and he’s going to hear it from the home fans… However many of them show up to make him feel miserable anyhow. (Ottawa Sun)
San Jose’s Brent Burns said he “thought he was going to puke” when he took a knee-on-knee hit from Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky. That really catches the spirit of the thing, Brent. (CSN-BayArea.com)
The Wings made it 17 in a row at home and made sure the Blues finished winless in Detroit this season. (Post-Dispatch)
Darryl Sutter had short-term goals when he took over in Los Angeles and being a playoff team by the All-Star break was one of them. Mission accomplished. (L.A. Kings Insider)
Wondering why the Lightning have been so bad this year? Injuries have more than helped hurt their season. (NHL)
Another day, another guy getting dinged up helmetless in warmups. This time it was Ottawa’s Jason Spezza who was cut above the right eye by an errant puck. (Senators Extra)
Christian Ehrhoff wants to lift spirits and make everyone laugh upon returning to the Sabres lineup. Is it cool to tell jokes at an ongoing funeral like the Sabres’ season? (Buffalo News)
Finally, Los Angeles’ Kyle Clifford pulled off the Gordie Howe hat trick against Ottawa during the Kings’ 4-1 win. (L.A. Times, NHL)
Sorry Mikkel Boedker, you won’t get to face the Ottawa Senators again this season.
OK, it could happen if the speedster is traded from the Arizona Coyotes. He could also face the Senators in the unlikely instance that the two teams fight it out in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
Beyond those two possibilities, Saturday night was it, and Boedker must have been licking his chops much like an actual coyote.
For the second straight game, Boedker managed a hat trick against the Senators, helping Arizona beat Ottawa 4-3 last night. His third tally stood as the game-winner in a 4-3 victory.
You can watch all three goals in the video above.
It’s oddly fitting that Boedker has three goals this season … against teams not named the Ottawa Senators.
Don’t forget, the Blue Jackets – Penguins rivalry isn’t just about the bitterness between Sidney Crosby and Brandon Dubinsky; John Tortorella can fuel the fire, too.
Torts must not have been happy about the one-game suspension that Dubinsky received for cross-checking Crosby, as he channeled his vintage self in essentially calling the Penguins a bunch of whiners.
You can see from this glorious Sportsnet video, Tortorella said: “Pittsburgh whines enough for the whole league.”
(He also said the Blue Jackets weren’t going to whine by … whining. Good stuff.)
As Puck Daddy notes, this isn’t the first time Torts claimed that the Penguins are whiners.
Both the Blue Jackets and Penguins lost their games on Saturday, but clearly some eyes and ears were still focused on their last confrontation.
In case you’re wondering, the two teams next face off in Pittsburgh on Dec. 21.
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has experienced plenty of bad injury luck in his winding career, but Saturday presented one of his worst scares.
As you can see from the video above, Colaiacovo received a scary cross-check from Viktor Arvidsson of the Nashville Predators, who received a major penalty and game misconduct.
Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said that Colaiacovo was hospitalized with a “dented trachea” yet is OK, the Buffalo News’ John Vogl reports.
Frightening stuff from an eventual 4-1 Sabres win.
PHT will keep an eye out for additional updates regarding Colaiacovo’s health (and a possible suspension for Arvidsson).
Patrick Kane set an American scoring record, and added another assist to make it more impressive, but the Los Angeles Kings just wouldn’t be denied.
In the end, Marian Gaborik‘s big night meant more than Kane’s; he scored the tying and then overtime game-winner, both assisted by Anze Kopitar, for a rousing 4-3 overtime Kings win.
Gaborik’s first goal:
And here’s video of the OT-GWG:
Noticing a theme tonight? Yeah, it’s been an evening in which it’s dangerous to assume a lead would stand.
With that, the Kings stick to the No. 1 spot in the Pacific Division, but Chicago shouldn’t feel all bad. The Blackhawks were able to piece together a decent run during their dreaded “circus trip.”