ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 14: Brian Elliott #1 of the St. Louis Blues warms up before Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the San Jose Sharks during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on April 14, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)

PHT Morning Skate: Where the magic runs out

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.

Want to know some of the significant things that have happened on May 4 in NHL history? Joe Pelletier has you covered. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Considering all the “new” Washington Capitals fans who’ve joined the mix since Alex Ovechkin emerged, the franchise’s history of lengthy OT defeats probably was lost on a big segment of the audience. Now they know the pain, though. (On Frozen Blog)

Even a New York Rangers fan – in this case, the lovable Scotty Hockey – found that triple-OT game to be “torture.” But not just from an “ouch, my fingers are bleeding from biting my nails too short” kind of torture. (Scotty Hockey)

Peter Laviolette did some line juggling in the Philadelphia Flyers’ Game 3 loss to the New Jersey Devils. (

Do you love charts? Then you’re going to LOVE this. (Behind the Net)

Looking back at another successful night for the New Jersey Devils’ impressive penalty kill units. (Fire & Ice)

The magic is gone for St. Louis Blues goalie (and All-Star) Brian Elliott. (St. Louis Today)

Marian Hossa’s progress has been “slow but steady” from that Raffi Torres hit. (

Cam Neely thinks the Boston Bruins’ power play needs a “philosophical change.” (

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.


Tough start: Lehner knocked out of Sabres debut, won’t return

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Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.

Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.

During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.

It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.

As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.

Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.