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PHT Morning Skate: Where Eugene Melnyk wants Sens fans to “relax”

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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.

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk was busy hanging out at ScotiaBank Place wearing a hat that said “relax” on it as a message to Ottawa fans. It was either that or this 80s craze has getting out of control. (Senators Extra)

Thomas Vanek is a fighting man. Fighting through injuries that is. He seemed to do just fine scoring on the Wild last night. (Buffalo News)

Matt Halischuk is doing well for Nashville after dealing with being a healthy scratch. (Tennessean)

Meanwhile, Jordin Tootoo didn’t exactly care for being a scratch against Winnipeg saying it “pisses me off.” (Winnipeg Sun)

Having a wealth of riches on defense means it’s time for Ken Hitchcock to make adjustments he’s happy to be able to do. (Post-Dispatch)

Hey, the Ducks are back at full strength. Now it’s their time to make that playoff… Oh, right. Sorry. (OC Register)

The Blackhawks are in a totally different place now compared to the last time they played the Predators. (

Jimmy’s gettin’ frustrated! Jimmy Howard that is over his nagging groin injury. (Detroit Free Press)

Here’s a hilarious image: Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand taking in the sights on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. What, Patrick Beverly (aka: Rich Peverley) wasn’t invited? (

Finally, here’s INCH with your recaps of Union College and Ferris State booking their first ever Frozen Four berths. Meanwhile, two classic games today between Boston College taking on Minnesota Duluth in the Northeast Regional and Minnesota against North Dakota in the West Regional to determine the rest of the field for the Frozen Four in Tampa.

Two-for-two: Another successful coach’s challenge as Sens reverse Kane’s goal

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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.

Video: Eichel’s first career NHL goal


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.