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.
Few really benefit from a lockout, but what about players in the twilight of their careers? Saku Koivu told Dave Stubbs “I hope we don’t miss a day.” (Dave Stubbs)
Mark Spector discusses how the Nashville Predators “avoided the realm of irrelevancy” by matching the Shea Weber offer sheet. (Sportsnet.ca)
John Kreiser takes a look at NHL records that are unlikely to be broken – and not all of them have the name “Wayne Gretzky” next to them. (NHL.com)
Mike Heika is breaking down the top 10 players in Dallas Stars history, starting off with Loui Eriksson. Who knows how far he’ll finish up the team’s all-time list once his career is over? (Dallas Morning News)
Joe Pelletier is taking a look at the connections between hockey and baseball, including this interesting bit about how Gordie Howe’s hardball skills. (Greatest Hockey Legends)
Ken Wiebe reports that both the Winnipeg Jets and Evander Kane’s representatives would prefer to get a long-term contract settled. (Winnipeg Sun)
The Detroit Red Wings’ perspective regarding that whole “possibly having to deal with Weber for more than a decade longer” mess. (Detroit Free Press)
The St. Louis Blues’ financial structure includes plenty of “bridge” contracts, which allows the team to ascertain how much players are really worth. (STLtoday.com)
GM Peter Chiarelli hints that the Boston Bruins are done shopping for free agents this summer. (CSNNE.com)
Sidney Crosby is known to get fiery, but even for his feisty standards, he was furious during the third period of Game 4.
An Alex Ovechkin slash caught Crosby on the hand, leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins star shaking his mitt and pleading for a call.
After that, Crosby left to get his hand looked at … but not before flipping out and destroying his stick.
You can watch it happen in the GIF and the videos above.
Crosby was able to return not that long after that moment, although we can only speculate regarding how his overall game will be affected if his hand isn’t 100 percent.
Tensions seem to rise with every passing game in the playoffs, particularly in a series with bad blood like the one between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.
Kris Letang was suspended for his hit in Game 3, and some wonder if Evgeni Malkin should suffer a similar fate for his check on Daniel Winnik on Wednesday.
Winnik left the contest and has not yet returned during the third period.
Take a look at the hit in the video above and decide for yourself.
Fires devastated the Canadian city of Fort McMurray, and the St. Louis Blues are doing their part to help those who were affected.
Here’s what the team is doing to raise money during Game 4 against the Dallas Stars:
Proceeds raised through the team’s 50/50 raffle and the Blues for Kids silent auction will benefit families who have been misplaced by the fires.
Blues forward Scottie Upshall shared his thoughts with the Associated Press regarding several family members being among those evacuated from the area.
“It’s been a great city, a city that’s survived for many years through some tough times and for me, growing up there doesn’t seem too long ago,” Upshall said. “Places that probably aren’t standing anymore will be really, really tough to take. But as long as everyone’s OK, that’s the main thing.”
Other people from around the hockey world weighed in on the scary scene, including Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips, who told the Ottawa Citizen that “it hurts a lot.”
People shared some scary sights from the evacuation.
Matt Murray was just on another level in Game 3, giving the impression that the Washington Capitals would only beat him with perfect shots.
Jay Beagle got that memo … and maybe added a little element of surprise on top of that.
As you can see from the video above, Beagle beat Murray from an unexpected angle with a pretty resounding goal. It was one of those “Wait, did that just happen?”-type moments.
The Capitals saw their lead go away moments before this post was completed, so it’s now 1-1.