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.
Are you getting upset seeing teams go all out to block shots in the playoffs and help keep scoring down? Joe Haggerty would like it if you stopped crying about guys doing their best to help win the Stanley Cup. (CSNNE.com)
Bruce Garrioch says the Coyotes are done like dinner. Who knew the Kings were good at playing the part of roadrunners? (Ottawa Sun)
Hope you didn’t want to hear Martin Brodeur’s wit and wisdom on game days. He won’t be talking to the media then. (Fire & Ice)
Bet you didn’t know former Steelers coach Bill Cowher is a hockey fan. Bet you really didn’t know his son-in-law is Kings tough guy Kevin Westgarth. (NHL.com)
The Sharks might not fire Todd McLellan, but they might be giving him a new assistant coach. Candidates? How about Bryan Marchment or Mike Ricci. Yikes! (CSNBayArea.com)
Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk is having a whale of a time at Worlds. (News & Observer)
Mike Knuble is feeling good and wants to keep playing. Well he was well rested during the year… (Capitals Insider)
The London Knights are really happy to have Dale Hunter back in town in time for the Memorial Cup. (TSN)
Yup, people are mad at David Booth for hunting bears. (Calgary Sun)
In a stunning turn of events, Chicago columnist David Haugh thinks trading Patrick Kane would be a bad idea. (Chicago Tribune)
Count the Lightning and Steve Yzerman in the hunt for Swiss forward Damien Brunner. (Lightning Strikes)
Finally, Niklas Kronwall is still doing what he does best at Worlds: Laying monster hits. (YouTube)
Kopitar dominates with a hat trick to help Kings defeat Rangers in OT
Anze Kopitar received high praise from L.A. Kings coach Darryl Sutter following Friday’s win over the New York Rangers.
All Kopitar did was score three goals on four shots on goal. He was also credited with five hits while winning 65 per cent of his faceoffs. His third goal of the evening with 30 seconds remaining in regulation pushed this game into overtime, where Tanner Pearson scored the winner for L.A. in a 5-4 victory.
P.K. Subban was given a game misconduct on Friday after an outburst directed at officials in the final minute against the Buffalo Sabres.
Subban was furious after the puck got caught up in the skates of the linesman in the neutral zone before Evander Kane then picked it up and scored into the open net. That put the Sabres up by two goals with 55 seconds remaining in regulation and ended any hopes of a Montreal comeback.
Subban had some choice words for officials but his argument ultimately landed him with an early exit from this game. The Habs lost by a final score of 6-4.
The Sabres scored four straight goals between the first and second periods, chasing Ben Scrivens from the net 1:28 into the second period.
Video: Doan ties Hawerchuk for most points in Jets/Coyotes history
It’s a quick visit. The Leafs and Canucks do battle on Saturday, with the hosts wearing their famous ‘Flying Skate’ logo from the 1990s.
But the return of Corrado with a different team provides a juicy storyline in Vancouver.
The Canucks waived the 22-year-old defenseman in October.
He was claimed by the Leafs, which ended his time in Vancouver when it previously started with promise and optimism.
He quickly ascended as a prospect after being selected in the fifth round five years ago. But when training camp rolled around this season, Canucks GM Jim Benning was of the belief that Corrado had been passed in the depth chart by a few other defensemen in the system.
The move has been criticized in Vancouver because the Canucks lost an asset — a 22-year-old right-shooting defenseman with potential — for nothing.
Corrado had some interesting things to say about how his time in Vancouver eventually played out, as per Josh Clipperton of the Canadian Press.
Asked Leafs D Frank Corrado if he got a fair shake in his time with the Canucks. He said "that's a tough one."