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.
It’s a milestone game for Ducks center Saku Koivu as he’ll play in his 1,000th game tonight. Sweet part of the story? His mother sent a letter along that he can’t open until he actually plays in it. (OC Register)
Martin Brodeur’s brother wants to see him finish his career with 666 wins. Somewhere, Bruce Dickinson is wailing in approval. (Fire & Ice)
If the Sabres wind up making the playoffs, they’ll be making history by doing it. (Buffalo News)
Steve Montador would like to come back before the end of the season if he can. At least he’s back skating with the team. (Chicago Tribune)
James Sheppard isn’t looking like he’ll play for the Sharks this year. If you’re familiar with his time with the Wild, this doesn’t come as a big surprise. (CSNBayArea.com)
Nikolai Khabibulin is feeling pretty frustrated in Edmonton lately. We’re sure the fans feel the same way, Nik. (Edmonton Journal)
They’re digging J.T. Wyman’s skills in Tampa Bay. (Tampa Tribune)
Finally, you think the Rangers are happy with Marian Gaborik today? Check out his power play overtime game-winning goal to snap New York’s three-game losing streak. (NHL)
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.