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.
Chicago can throw all the shots at Mike Smith they want to, but they know they have to put more bodies in front of him to make it pay off. (CSNChicago.com)
A setback for Daniel Sedin in his concussion recovery might be even worse news for Vancouver than being down 2-0 in their series with L.A. (Globe And Mail)
Erik Karlsson needs room to roam against the Rangers and they’re very happy making life uncomfortable for him. (Ottawa Sun)
Flyers chairman Ed Snider thought his team was in the Penguins’ heads after Game 1. Wonder what he thinks about them now after another comeback win in Game 2? (CSNPhilly.com)
Martin Brodeur’s win in Game 1 was his 100th career playoff victory. That’s incredible. (Fire & Ice)
Alexander Radulov’s Game 2 against Detroit was great all around for everything… Except scoring goals. (Tennessean)
The Bruins were pretty surprised by all the shot blocking the Capitals did in Game 1. Expect more of that this afternoon. (CSNNE.com)
Sadness in Montreal after the passing of former Canadiens captain Emile Bouchard at age 92. (TSN)
Lightning prospect Cory Conacher is your AHL MVP. Not bad for a kid from Canisius College. (Buffalo News)
Finally, CBC’s Jim Hughson had the most awkward call of the night as he missed out on Dustin Brown beating Roberto Luongo in the first period thinking defenseman Chris Tanev stopped it himself. Oops. (YouTube)
Fights, hits and a blown kiss: Stars and Blues get nasty
Sometimes a final score is misleading. In the case of the St. Louis Blues’ 6-1 thrashing of the Dallas Stars, it might just be the start of the story.
Honestly, the most positive thing the Stars can say is “Well, at least it was just one game.”
It was one ugly game, however, and now the Blues hold a 2-1 series lead with a chance to really take control if they can win Game 4 at home.
The Blues dominated just about every category on Tuesday, firing more shots on goal, enjoying better special teams play and throwing more hits. They even blocked a higher number of shots, which often isn’t the case for the squad that carries play.
This leaves the Stars picking up the pieces, especially when it comes to their work in their own end.
Do you put greater blame on struggling goaliesKari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi or is this more about the Stars’ lax defensive coverage? The scary answer may be “Both,” and the Stars likely know that they need to find answers quickly.