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PHT Morning Skate: Things aren’t going well for Simon Gagne


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.

Simon Gagne would like to at least ride a stationary bike during his concussion recovery, but he can’t because his symptoms are still there. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Sens owner Eugene Melnyk can’t wait to get the bonus money he gave to Dany Heatley back. (Ottawa Sun)

Brian Campbell is loving life at the All-Star Game with his family. Aww… (On Frozen Pond)

In case you were curious: Brian Connelly, the guy acquired for Brendan Morrison, is hoping to get a chance in Calgary. (Calgary Sun)

Meanwhile, Marian Hossa is excited to have Morrison in Chicago. (Chicago Tribune)

Gary Bettman says the Blues’ sale to Tom Stillman is “still on track.” (Post-Dispatch)

All-Star goalies are ready to get sunburn on the back of their neck courtesy of the goal light today. (Ottawa Sun)

News you’ve heard before: Big changes could be coming to Buffalo’s roster. (Buffalo News)

Carey Price stopped Sean Couturier with his back turned last night. (Backhand Shelf)

Daniel Alfredsson is loving life being shown the love in front of the home fans in Ottawa. (Senators)

Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

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This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.

Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.

While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.

There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.

Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.

Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:

It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning


In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.