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.
Dustin Brown’s season started off rough and nearly ended up being even harder thanks to trade rumors. Through it all though, he’s proving to be the leader the Kings needed all along. (Los Angeles Times)
Ryan Miller said last night’s win over Washington was “a lot of fun.” Let’s not ask the Caps about it though. (CSNWashington.com)
Joe Thornton wants his Sharks to enjoy the pressure they’re under to make the playoffs. That’s a novel approach. (CSNBayArea.com)
Go figure: The Red Wings start getting healthy and they start scoring goals. That’s… Not a coincidence. (Detroit Free Press)
Barry Trotz don’t care about no stinkin’ milestones. 500 wins? Pssh, whatever. (Tennessean)
Explain this: The Canadiens are out of the playoffs, they said they wanted to get a good look at their kids and yet Blake Geoffrion continues to sit. (Montreal Gazette)
San Jose’s Andrew Desjardins is responding the right way after being benched. (CSNBayArea.com)
The Winnipeg Jets don’t believe it’s all over for them. The standings seem to indicate otherwise. (Winnipeg Sun)
The Wild will at least get a look at prospect Jason Zucker over their last few games as he’s signed out of Denver University. (Star Tribune)
Toronto’s Mike Brown says he’s not about to change his game in spite of it leading to nagging injuries. (Toronto Sun)
Last night’s Blues win over the Predators featured two of the three of the league’s highest-scoring pairs of defensemen. (Post-Dispatch)
Bruce Boudreau’s tantrum against Boston the other night was nearly one for the ages according to Jeff Miller of the Orange County Register. (OC Register)
The Buzzer: Kempe, Schwartz record hat tricks; Leafs honor Gord Downie
The Blues forward tallied his third career hat trick during a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Schwartz scored the game’s first two goals before completing his hat trick with a late empty-net goal to stave off a Chicago comeback.
Wednesday’s feat for Schwartz came three years to the day of his first career three-goal game.
Kempe, meanwhile, tallied his first NHL hat trick and finished with four points during LA’s 5-1 rout of the Montreal Canadiens. Two of his three goals were assisted by Mike Cammalleri, who also finished the night with four points.
Highlight of the night:
Eddie Olczyk returned to the NBC broadcast booth as he continues his battle against colon cancer. Olczyk, along with Doc Emrick, called the Blues-Blackhawks game from Scottrade Center Wednesday night.
–Auston Matthews recorded the 20th multi-point game of his career. He now has six goals and 10 points on the season.
Adrian Kempe recorded his first career NHL hat trick and Mike Cammalleri added two goals as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-1.
After Paul Byron opened the scoring for Montreal midway through the first period, the Kings responded with five unanswered goals to hand the Habs their sixth straight defeat.
Cammalleri, who inked a one-year deal over the summer to return to the Kings, had a hand in four of LA’s five goals. He started the scoring for the Kings in the first period by celebrating the Dodgers’ playoff run with his own special kind of baseball swing.
Kempe, who finished with four points as well, scored his three goals over a span of 10:50 in the third period to help the Kings to their best start in franchise history (5-0-1).
LA remains the only NHL team yet to lose in regulation this season.
Jaden Schwartz‘s third career hat trick helped power the St. Louis Blues over the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 in a Central Division clash Wednesday night at Scottrade Center.
Schwartz’s eventful evening began with a goal 4:46 into the first period. It was nearly ended minutes later after a scary crash into the end boards following a scoring chance.
After missing some time, Schwartz returned in the second period and doubled the Blues’ lead with his fourth of a season, thanks to a great outlet pass from Allen.
As the Blues built up a 4-0 lead, the Blackhawks spoiled Allen’s shutout bid with a pair of late power play goals 80 seconds apart. The furious rally was stopped, however, and Schwartz capped off his hat trick with an empty netter to put the game out of reach.
St. Louis dominated the first two periods, outshooting the Blackhawks 26-8 as they built up their 2-0 lead. The Blackhawks’ power play failed them early in the game, missing out on five chances to capitalize with the extra man through 40 minutes.
The Montreal Canadiens play their second game of a three-game west coast trip Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Kings.
It hasn’t been the best start for the Habs, who sit tied for last in the Eastern Conference with a 1-4-1 record. They’re winless since an opening night win over the Buffalo Sabres. On the other side of things, the Kings are the only NHL team that has yet to lose in regulation. Their 4-0-1 start puts them a point behind the Vegas Golden Knights, and their game in-hand gives them the opportunity to leap into first place in the Pacific Division with a victory.
You can check out tonight’s game on NBCSN (10:30 p.m. ET) or online via the live stream.