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.
Edmonton’s Sam Gagner was caught off-guard by the trade that sent Tom Gilbert to Minnesota in exchange for Nick Schultz. “It’s tough to see him go, he’s obviously one of my best friends and he’s a great guy,” Gagner said of Gilbert. “But we picked up a great player in return.” (Toronto Sun)
Carlo Colaiacovo and Andy McDonald talk about life under Ken Hitchcock. Oh yeah, the Blues are 34-10-7 on Hitch’s watch. (QMI Agency)
Newly-acquired Bruins defenseman Greg Zanon spent his first day in Boston getting lost. “I was on Hanover [Street] and I started walking around and had lunch, and I was like, ‘Oh, let’s go down this street’ rather than just retracing my steps and ended up — I have no idea, just some side street. There’s that rink [Steriti Memorial Rink] down there and I remembered passing it when I went to the hotel, so I was able to find my way back.” (NESN.com)
Ken Warren thinks the Senators should practice caution when it comes to a new contract for defenseman (and potential Norris candidate) Erik Karlsson. (Ottawa Citizen)
Freshly-minted Rangers enforcer John Scott reminisces about Derek Boogaard. “I think about him every day. I’m a Ranger now, and I still can’t believe my friend – the guy was everybody’s friend – isn’t around any more. It’s kind of eerie that I’m following in his footsteps.” (Globe and Mail)
Windsor Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner speaks out on a potential fighting ban in junior hockey. “We’re preparing guys for the next level and if you toughen the rules and get rid of it (fighting) in the game, it would have to coincide with the NHL and AHL. If they’re not doing it, then you’re putting kids (looking to go pro) in a tough situation.” (Windsor Star)
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger