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)
Vesey scored a pair of goals for the Rangers — the first multi-goal game of his career — to help lead his team to a 4-2 win in Washington.
Even though he had never played a game in the NHL before this season, Vesey was still one of the most sought after free agents this summer after he completed his college career at Harvard. He eventually signed an entry level deal with the Rangers, and given how much attention his free agency saga generated it seemed hard to believe that he could ever match the hype. Especially given the track record of players signed as free agents coming out of college (it’s not a great one).
It’s obviously still very early in his career, but so far Vesey has not disappointed in New York.
Saturday was by far his best performance of the season, scoring both of his goals just three minutes apart in the second period. The first goal tied the game at two to help erase a two-goal deficit, and then his second goal proved to be the game winner.
After being held without a point in his first two games of the season, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has now scored a goal in three consecutive games.
That includes his goal on Saturday night in the first period against the New York Rangers.
It’s one that will probably make the personal highlight reel for Ovechkin, but it certainly won’t make the highlight reel for Rangers defenseman Marc Staal.
To say that this head-to-head matchup turned out to be a mismatch would be … well … a bit of an understatement.
As Ovechkin crossed the blue line into the Rangers zone he started to toe-drag around Staal, only to stop midway through and just rip it from outside the circle, using Staal as a screen and beating Henrik Lundqvist for the goal.
It is probably not a good sign when the defenseman has his back to the shooter when the puck is released.