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.
Sidney Crosby is reminded of himself when he watches 15-year-old Connor McDavid. McDavid already has 10 points in eight OHL games and was “speechless” and “amazed” to hear that kind of praise from a man he calls his “childhood hero.” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Blackhawks president John McDonough received the USA Salute to Leadership Award. (CSN Chicago)
For now Eddie Lack will continue to hone his skills in with AHL Chicago. The competition is tougher due to the number of locked-out NHL-caliber players in the league. That should help his development and prepare him for the possibility of serving as Cory Schneider’s backup with the Vancouver Canucks should they trade Roberto Luongo following the lockout. (Chicago Tribune)
Matt Duchene was strong in his Swedish Elite League debut. (Denver Post)
Matt Cooke is coaching his daughter’s soccer team and spending more time with his family in general as the lockout drags on. (Sportsnet)
Martin St. Louis might end up in Europe if the lockout continues. “I need to play,” he said. “I’m 37 years old.” (Tampa Tribune)
(McDavid photo courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images.)
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger