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.
If you were doubting that Alexander Radulov was actually coming back, doubt no more as he took a picture of himself on the plane to Nashville and shared it via Twitter saying, “In the plaine going to new york then Nashville. )))” (@RADUL22)
Hey look, Alex Ovechkin is playing the way a captain should for a team in desperate need. Amazing, isn’t it? (The Washington Post)
Martin Brodeur is hoping last night’s game at Madison Square Garden isn’t his last. (Fire & Ice)
The Oilers signed their own prospect goalie Tyler Bunz to his three-year entry-level deal. (Globe And Mail)
Ales Hemsky is almost the player he used to be. You know, before he became an oft-injured star and all. (Edmonton Journal)
Much like many teams, the Ottawa Senators would like to get their power play going again. (Senators Extra)
Tomas Fleischmann is the Panthers’ Masterton nominee. After getting over a blood-clotting issue last season, his case is a good one. (Panthers)
Coaches are quickly getting the hang of this challenge thing.
Following Mike Babcock’s successful challenge in Toronto’s opening-night loss to Montreal on Wednesday, Babcock’s provincial rival — Sens head coach Dave Cameron — got it right as well, successfully reversing Evander Kane‘s would-be equalizer in the third period.
From the league:
At 10:34 of the third period in the Senators/Sabres game, Ottawa requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Buffalo was off-side prior to Evander Kane’s goal.
After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-side” infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.”
Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Buffalo Sabres.
The clock is re-set to show 9:32 (10:28 elapsed time), when the off-side infraction occurred.
As the league later noted, this was the first coach’s challenge under the offside scenario.
Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.
The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.
Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.