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.
Joe Pelletier shares some fantastic photos of Vladislav Tretiak with his … pet bears. OK, they might not be “pet” bears but he is pettingthem. There’s also whales and other tomfoolery. (Hockey Book Reviews)
The latest edition of “how much can the Colorado Avalanche really expect from Jamie McGinn?” from Mile High Hockey. (Mile High Hockey)
Harrison Mooney’s lucid take on lockout-related boycotting:
“We are the children in this divorce. This isn’t our fault. Sure, we’ll suffer as children always suffer in these disputes, but we did nothing wrong. It has nothing to do with us, and threatening to run away from home unless our parents make up accomplishes nothing outside of underscoring how precociously naive we are.” (Puck Daddy)
Apparently Frantisek Kaberle retired. He was a much better Carolina Hurricane than his brother Tomas. (IIHF via Stanley Cup of Chowder)
Alec Martinez was the final Los Angeles Kings player to have his day with the Stanley Cup. (NHL.com)
Andy Strickland reports that hot St. Louis Blues prospect Vladimir Tarasenko might play in the AHL rather than KHL in the event of a lockout. (Andy Strickland)
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.