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PHT Morning Skate: The science of booing

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.

Dan Girardi is the New York Rangers’ 2012 nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy. Hey, it takes a lot of perseverance to block all those shots, right? (NHL.com)

Did Martin Havlat flip Los Angeles Kings fans the bird? CSN Bay Area gets to the bottom of it. (CSNBayArea.com)

Behind the Net seemingly has a scientific study of everything hockey-related? Want proof? Check out this breakdown of the impact of fan chants in Winnipeg Jets games. (Behind the Net)

Want a nice collection of news and views on Alexander Radulov’s pending return to the Nashville Predators? Check out this post by Dirk Hoag of On the Forecheck. (On the Forecheck)

Mike Green continues to put on a brave face, arguing that he’s fine physically – he’s just trying to adjust to Dale Hunter’s new way of operating in Washington. (CSNWashington.com)

Ryan O’Reilly has a broken nose, but won’t wear a face shield. Is that smart or reckless? That’s your call, but add another entry to “hockey players are tough.” (The Denver Post)

Rich Peverley took a surprising amount of contact in Boston Bruins practice on Wednesday. Considering there have been some tough times for the B’s, getting the versatile forward back would be a nice boost. (CSNNE.com)

Rich Hammond looks back at the Kings’ decision to roll the dice with Willie Mitchell with a two-year contract in 2010, as he was dealing with some serious concussion problems. (Kings Insider)

Michael Russo takes a look at Mikko Koivu’s return to the Minnesota Wild lineup and the end of Michael Lundin’s season. (Minnesota Star-Tribune)

Business experts say that Toronto Maple Leafs’ GM Brian Burke’s “head would roll” in their world. Because sports totally follow the normal rules of business, of course. (The Toronto  Star)

San Jose Sharks fans probably wanted their team to go through a grueling bag skate after two listless back-to-back losses in regulation, but head coach Tod McLellan is opting to rest them instead. Probably a good move. (The Mercury News)

Kopitar dominates with a hat trick to help Kings defeat Rangers in OT

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Anze Kopitar received high praise from L.A. Kings coach Darryl Sutter following Friday’s win over the New York Rangers.

All Kopitar did was score three goals on four shots on goal. He was also credited with five hits while winning 65 per cent of his faceoffs. His third goal of the evening with 30 seconds remaining in regulation pushed this game into overtime, where Tanner Pearson scored the winner for L.A. in a 5-4 victory.

“It was Kopi’s best game of the season, that’s for sure,” said Sutter, as per LA Kings Insider.

“Not just because he scored three goals, but it was his best game all around in terms of using his whole package. I mean, he was a pretty dominant player.”

L.A. maintain an eight-point lead on the San Jose Sharks for the Pacific Division lead.

The Kings’ victory came at a cost. Marian Gaborik left the game in the first period after being involved in an awkward collision. He did not return, and Sutter didn’t have an update on the veteran forward when the game ended.

Video: P.K. Subban tossed after on-ice outburst toward officials

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P.K. Subban was given a game misconduct on Friday after an outburst directed at officials in the final minute against the Buffalo Sabres.

Subban was furious after the puck got caught up in the skates of the linesman in the neutral zone before Evander Kane then picked it up and scored into the open net. That put the Sabres up by two goals with 55 seconds remaining in regulation and ended any hopes of a Montreal comeback.

Subban had some choice words for officials but his argument ultimately landed him with an early exit from this game. The Habs lost by a final score of 6-4.

The Sabres scored four straight goals between the first and second periods, chasing Ben Scrivens from the net 1:28 into the second period.

 

Video: Doan ties Hawerchuk for most points in Jets/Coyotes history

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Shane Doan on Friday scored his 20th goal of the season, and tied a historical mark for the initial Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes franchise in the process.

Doan scored in the first period against the Calgary Flames, tying him with Dale Hawerchuk for most points in Jets/Coyotes history with 929.

Now 39 years old, Doan has spent his entire career with that organization, playing one season in Winnipeg before the organization moved to Phoenix.

He also joined another impressive list, too.

Leafs’ Corrado returns to Vancouver with a chip on his shoulder

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Just as the Vancouver Canucks are once again struggling through injuries and with their depth on defense a constant question mark, Frank Corrado returns to town with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It’s a quick visit. The Leafs and Canucks do battle on Saturday, with the hosts wearing their famous ‘Flying Skate’ logo from the 1990s.

But the return of Corrado with a different team provides a juicy storyline in Vancouver.

The Canucks waived the 22-year-old defenseman in October.

He was claimed by the Leafs, which ended his time in Vancouver when it previously started with promise and optimism.

He quickly ascended as a prospect after being selected in the fifth round five years ago. But when training camp rolled around this season, Canucks GM Jim Benning was of the belief that Corrado had been passed in the depth chart by a few other defensemen in the system.

The move has been criticized in Vancouver because the Canucks lost an asset — a 22-year-old right-shooting defenseman with potential — for nothing.

Corrado had some interesting things to say about how his time in Vancouver eventually played out, as per Josh Clipperton of the Canadian Press.

Two examples:

Corrado has played 10 games for the Leafs this season, with three assists. He made his Leafs debut more than two months after being claimed.