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.
Taylor Hall returned from a shoulder injury on Friday and was credited with his first goal of the 2012-13 campaign just 38 seconds into the Oklahoma City Barons’ 4-3 win over the Houston Aeros. However, he was also handed a game misconduct that forced his team to kill off a five-minute penalty. (Edmonton Journal)
Nathan MacKinnon, who might end up being selected with the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, was one of the QMJHL’s three stars for the months of September and October. (QMJHL.ca)
We hope the lockout will end soon, but if it doesn’t, Canada will have a stronger team for the world junior hockey championship. (Sportsnet)
Matt Duchene isn’t too happy with the officiating in the Swedish Elite League. He’s playing with Vastra Frolunda HC while he waits for the lockout to end. (Calgary Sun)
Senators coach Paul MacLean spoke out about the lockout recently. He said, “It’s a frustrating time. I’m just like everyone else. I don’t understand it. I’d just like to get back to work.” (Ottawa Citizen)
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.