Russia's Alexei Morozov (C) celebrates a

PHT Morning Skate: Where Morozov is a legend


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.

Pre-Crosbyian Era Pittsburgh Penguins fans will get a kick out of Greatest Hockey Legends’ look at Aleksey/Alexei Morozov, who Joe Pelletier refers to as “The other KHL legend.” (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Alan May and Chuck Gormley ponder how far the Washington Capitals can go in the playoffs without top center Nicklas Backstrom. (

For you stats lovers and goalie nihilists: Contrarian Goaltender examines Ilya Bryzgalov and regressing to the mean. (Brodeur is a Fraud)

Lisa Hillary talks with Peter Forsberg about his time with the Philadelphia Flyers, which Foppa looks back on as a mostly-positive run. (

Scotty Wazz discusses the art of managing depth in net vs. dealing with an overcrowded situation. (View from My Seats)

Don’t forget that the New Jersey Devils have gone as far as they have without Travis Zajac for basically all of the season. It looks like he’s getting closer and closer to a return – if he can get his legs under him and his timing together by playoff time, New Jersey might be a real sleeper in the East. (Fire & Ice)

Ed Jovanovski has “come full circle” with the Florida Panthers. Surely the Panthers wish that his game will go full circle too – it seems like more of a memory these days. (On Frozen Pond)

Kane scores OT-winner, caps Islanders’ bumpy start in Brooklyn

Patrick Kane

On paper, it’s the perfect way to kick off meaningful hockey in Brooklyn, as the New York Islanders faced the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

In reality, there were some highs and lows, culminating with Patrick Kane scoring a power-play overtime-winner to give Chicago a 3-2 (OT) win.

The Barclays Center crowd was going to be a big part of the story one way or another, but even by building-opening standards, the audience made some waves.

Indeed, Kane was greeted with some jeers during his first road appearance of the 2015-16 season, though he didn’t sound surprised.

(There were other controversial chants, apparently.)

Speaking of the crowd, it may not have been the greatest turnout:

ESPN goes way, way in depth on how the change of locale was received, by the way.

It wasn’t a perfect night inside the rink, either, as there weren’t exactly rave reviews about ice quality. New York Newsday’s Arthur Staple compared the ice to a “slushy” and “soup,” with an anonymous Islander (or Islanders) describing the conditions as “awful.”

Kane was pretty diplomatic about it, for what it’s worth.


So, no, it was not a perfect night for the Islanders.

They probably envisioned a teeming, perfectly mannered crowd. Management likely expected Jaroslav Halak to be in net, too.

Sometimes breaking ground is often about overcoming those early stumbles, though, and maybe the best review is to parallel the on-ice results: the Isles at least got a point out of it.

Let’s not forget that there are some cool perks that come with this situation, even if the specifics may vary.

If you want even more information/photos/etc., you’d probably do well to check out #IslesOpeningNight.

Columbus collapse: Rangers spoil Blue Jackets’ opener

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For a little more than a minute, Brandon Saad was going to be the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opener. Instead, his power-play goal merely got the ball rolling on a flabbergasting finish.

The New York Rangers scored three goals in 1:17 of game time to manage a 4-2 win.

They’ve now spoiled home openers for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their 2015-16 season.

It might be easiest just to show you when the goals were scored, noting that the third period began with a 1-1 tie.

Brandon Saad power-play goal: 16:10 into third period (2-1 Columbus)
Oscar Lindberg: 17:24 (2-2 tie)
Kevin Hayes: 17:41 (3-2 Rangers)
Mats Zuccarello: 18:41 (4-2 Rangers)

Yikes. Zuccarello scored two of the Rangers’ goals, while a beauty by Cam Atkinson is likely long forgotten.