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PHT Morning Skate: Where Mike Smith just won’t cut his hair

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.

Mike Smith isn’t cutting his hair during the playoffs… Because he’s trying to win a bet with former Lightning teammate Ryan Malone. (Globe And Mail)

The Kings’ top line of Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, and Justin Williams is already giving the Coyotes headaches after one game. (Los Angeles Times)

Dwight King is quite enjoying things with fellow mid-season rookie call-up Jordan Nolan. Manchester, New Hampshire has never been prouder. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Joe Thornton has a lot to say including his feelings about Todd McLellan coming back or not (he thinks he should) and how his job is to just play hockey. Easy there, captain. (CSNBayArea.com)

The Wild’s new play-by-play voice for TV will be Anthony LaPanta and the fans aren’t exactly liking the choice. (Russo’s Rants, Hockey Wilderness)

Bob McKenzie talks about the coaching moves of the summer and who might be going where. (TSN)

Carey Price’s summer is going to be a fascinating one in Montreal thanks to having to get a new deal worked out. (Montreal Gazette)

Vladimir Tarasenko is going to give the Blues agita worrying whether or not he’s coming over from Russia next season. (Post-Dispatch)

Speaking of players who may or may not come over from Russia: Flames goalie Karri Ramo. (Calgary Sun)

The Lightning might be looking for a coaching consultant as assistant coach Wayne Fleming is battling brain cancer. (Lightning Strikes)

Mike Fisher and his wife (you may have heard of Carrie Underwood) are going to be interviewed by Oprah. (Puck The Media)

Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

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This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.

Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.

While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.

There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.

Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.

Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:

It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning


In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.