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PHT Morning Skate: Nugent-Hopkins might just have a lot of pressure on him

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.

Hey Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, no pressure kid, but Team Canada is dying for a gold medal at World Juniors and you’re their best player. Go get ’em! (Calgary Sun)

Jamal Mayers is still optimistic about a deal getting done. (CSNChicago.com)

Tampa Bay’s Teddy Purcell is, uh, less than positive. (Lightning Strikes)

Roman Hamrlik, meanwhile, still supports the union. Just in his own different way. (TSN)

Anthony Stewart is back from his English league excursion. (News & Observer)

Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban might be the go-to guy in goal for Team Canada. (Montreal Gazette)

Today marks Day 87 of the NHL lockout and Sidney Crosby isn’t going to take it anymore.

Video: Eichel’s first career NHL goal

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Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.

The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.

Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.


Tough start: Lehner knocked out of Sabres debut, won’t return

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Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.

Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.

During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.

It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.

As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.

Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.