Dale Weise, Devan Dubnyk

PHT Morning Skate: Devan Dubnyk just wants to practice, man

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.

Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk isn’t playing abroad or in the ECHL and he’s just looking for a place –any place– that will let him practice. (Edmonton Sun)

Jason Spezza might be heading back home from Switzerland. (Ottawa Sun)

Kudos to Bruins players for staying healthy while playing abroad. (CSNNE.com)

Playing hockey in the Northwest Territories makes for a drastically different experience for some Senators players. (Senators Extra)

Justin Schultz is doing well to adjust to pro hockey in Oklahoma City. (Sportsnet)

Blackhawks prospect Brandon Pirri is doing well in the AHL. Hey, maybe they’ve got their No. 2 center issue fixed from within. (CSNChicago.com)

Leave it to a Maple Leafs fan to spend over $5000 on a toilet from the old Maple Leaf Gardens. (Puck Daddy)

ESPN’s John Buccigross has one heck of a column to check out. Some of you might be feeling the same way. (ESPN)

It’s day 67 of the NHL lockout. I wonder what Michael Frolik and Benoit Pouliot are up to?

Kane scores OT-winner, caps Islanders’ bumpy start in Brooklyn

Patrick Kane

On paper, it’s the perfect way to kick off meaningful hockey in Brooklyn, as the New York Islanders faced the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

In reality, there were some highs and lows, culminating with Patrick Kane scoring a power-play overtime-winner to give Chicago a 3-2 (OT) win.

The Barclays Center crowd was going to be a big part of the story one way or another, but even by building-opening standards, the audience made some waves.

Indeed, Kane was greeted with some jeers during his first road appearance of the 2015-16 season, though he didn’t sound surprised.

(There were other controversial chants, apparently.)

Speaking of the crowd, it may not have been the greatest turnout:

ESPN goes way, way in depth on how the change of locale was received, by the way.

It wasn’t a perfect night inside the rink, either, as there weren’t exactly rave reviews about ice quality. New York Newsday’s Arthur Staple compared the ice to a “slushy” and “soup,” with an anonymous Islander (or Islanders) describing the conditions as “awful.”

Kane was pretty diplomatic about it, for what it’s worth.


So, no, it was not a perfect night for the Islanders.

They probably envisioned a teeming, perfectly mannered crowd. Management likely expected Jaroslav Halak to be in net, too.

Sometimes breaking ground is often about overcoming those early stumbles, though, and maybe the best review is to parallel the on-ice results: the Isles at least got a point out of it.

Let’s not forget that there are some cool perks that come with this situation, even if the specifics may vary.

If you want even more information/photos/etc., you’d probably do well to check out #IslesOpeningNight.

Columbus collapse: Rangers spoil Blue Jackets’ opener

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For a little more than a minute, Brandon Saad was going to be the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opener. Instead, his power-play goal merely got the ball rolling on a flabbergasting finish.

The New York Rangers scored three goals in 1:17 of game time to manage a 4-2 win.

They’ve now spoiled home openers for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their 2015-16 season.

It might be easiest just to show you when the goals were scored, noting that the third period began with a 1-1 tie.

Brandon Saad power-play goal: 16:10 into third period (2-1 Columbus)
Oscar Lindberg: 17:24 (2-2 tie)
Kevin Hayes: 17:41 (3-2 Rangers)
Mats Zuccarello: 18:41 (4-2 Rangers)

Yikes. Zuccarello scored two of the Rangers’ goals, while a beauty by Cam Atkinson is likely long forgotten.