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)
Video: Penguins coach takes issue with late, high Orpik hit on Maatta
Maatta left and didn’t return. He played only 31 seconds, and the Penguins were reduced to five defensemen for a large portion of the game. Orpik was given a minor penalty on the play, but the league’s Department of Player Safety may see it differently.
Based on multiple reports, Orpik wasn’t made available to the media following the game, which went to the Penguins as they earned the split on the road.
But the Penguins have taken issue with the hit.
“I thought it was a late hit,” said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan, as per CSN Mid-Atlantic. “I thought it was a target to his head. I think it’s the type of hit everyone in hockey is trying to remove from the game.”
Mike Sullivan didn't have much of an update on Olli Maatta other than to say he's out and they will know more tomorrow. But he also said….
The Pittsburgh Penguins will head back home with a split of their second-round series with the rival Washington Capitals.
Former Capitals forward Eric Fehr came back to burn his hold team, as he scored with under five minutes remaining in regulation to help lift the Penguins over Washington with a 2-1 victory in an eventful Game 2 on Saturday. Evgeni Malkin threw the puck toward the net and Fehr was able to re-direct it by Braden Holtby.
Oh, this was an eventful game, indeed.
It started early in the first period with Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik catching Penguins blue liner Olli Maatta with a late and high hit that warranted — at least for now — only a minor penalty for interference. Maatta, clearly in distress following the hit, didn’t play another shift and saw only 31 seconds of ice time in total, as Pittsburgh was reduced to five defensemen for the remainder of the game.
For two periods, the Capitals couldn’t get much going. Only four of their players had registered a shot on goal through 40 minutes, while the Penguins held the edge in that department and held the lead.
Washington came out with more jump in the third period, testing rookie netminder Matt Murray with 14 shots in the final 20 minutes. But the Penguins got the late goal to break the deadlock.
Video: Penguins’ Letang was furious after Capitals tie up Game 2 with power play goal
Kris Letang watched from the penalty box as the Washington Capitals tied up Game 2 with a power play goal in the third period. The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman was called for tripping after he appeared to muscle Justin Williams off the puck as he entered the zone.
Letang let his disagreement with the call be known at the time, and was furious after the Capitals capitalized on a goal from Marcus Johansson.
The Capitals started the period down a goal and being outshot 28-10 by the Penguins, who need a win to even the series.
Also, it seems this is worth mentioning:
#capitals Barry Trotz in conversation with the referees before the start of the third. #tvasports
In their quest to even the series, the Pittsburgh Penguins had done a nice job through two periods of suffocating the Washington Capitals, while gaining the lead on a beautiful goal.
Carl Hagelin took advantage of a vast amount of space that opened up in front of the Washington net, finishing off a nice pass from Nick Bonino, burying his shot just under the cross bar on the glove side of Braden Holtby.