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.
Looks like it was “accountability” is what kept Alex Ovechkin on the bench for over seven minutes of the second period against Philly. For a team that wants in the playoffs they sure seem to need to be taught a lot of lessons. (CSNWashington.com)
Still curious about Tuukka Rask’s condition in Boston? So are the Bruins. We should hear more today. Hopefully. (CSNNE.com)
It’s looking like Kris Versteeg will be back this week for the Panthers. (On Frozen Pond)
Who’s the guy happiest to get a fresh start with Randy Carlyle in Toronto? How about Mike Komisarek. (Toronto Sun)
Pavel Kubina doesn’t care about getting stitches mid-game. He’s like a Czech cyborg. (CSNPhilly.com)
Niklas Kronwall is pretty happy with his point streak but not with his play overall. Tough critic. (Detroit Free Press)
Finally, Ilya Bryzgalov’s shutout was impressive, but his post-game interview with NBCSN’s Brian Engblom was yet another Bryz classic.
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