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.
Phil Kessel usually starts his season off with a bang. Usually. He’s goalless through the first four games this season — the first time that’s happened since he was a rookie. Hello, Bizarro World. (Toronto Sun)
Dainius Zubrus is playing the role of house dad to rookie Stefan Matteau. (Fire & Ice)
B’s coach Claude Julien was really pleased with rookie Dougie Hamilton’s play against the Isles. (CSNNE.com)
St. Louis’ Kevin Shattenkirk had a heart-t0-heart talk with Al MacInnis to get him back on track. Not bad help if you can get it. (Post-Dispatch)
The Gionta brothers (Brian and Stephen) are set to square off on Sunday. (Star-Ledger)
Nazem Kadri credits coach Randy Carlyle for his breakout this season. (Sportsnet)
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day