Steven Stamkos

PHT Morning Skate: Where Stamkos is doing even better this season

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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.

The case for the Washington Capitals using Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom on the same line. (Washington Post)

Steven Stamkos needed just 26 games to reach the 20 goal mark this season. In 2011-12 he needed 32 contests to reach the same milestone en route to 60 goals. If this wasn’t a shortened campaign, he’d be on pace for 63 goals at this point. (Lightning.nhl.com)

The Chicago Blackhawks have reunited Viktor Stalberg, Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell. The line spent the first 24 games together, but was temporarily broken up when Patrick Sharp suffered a shoulder injury. (CSN Chicago)

Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Wellwood spent four games in the press box after a rough start to the season, but he’s doing much better since he got back into the lineup. (Winnipeg Sun)

Joey MacDonald is enjoying the opportunity that the Calgary Flames have given him since being claimed off of waivers, but it was still tough to leave the Detroit Red Wings’ organization. (Detroit Free Press)

If the San Jose Sharks continue to use Brent Burns as a forward, then that will be good news for 25-year-old rookie Matt Irwin. (CSN Bay Area)

The Minnesota Wild made the signing of defenseman Brett Clark official. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher likes the depth he provides and also admires Clark’s versatility. (Wild.nhl.com)

Former Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson opens up about his decision to join the Edmonton Oilers as a scout. (Edmonton Journal)

Here’s the highlights from the New Jersey Devils’ 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers:

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Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss

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The Minnesota Wild put together the kind of effort that would beat a lot of NHL teams on Tuesday. Unfortunately for that beleaguered group, it wasn’t enough to edge the Dallas Stars.

Despite generating 40 shots on goal and generating 1-0 and 2-1 leads, the Wild lost to the Stars 4-3 in overtime. With that, they’ve lost six straight games.

(The view doesn’t get much prettier if you pull away a little further, either, as Minnesota’s only won once in the last month, going 1-9-2 in their last 12.)

Ultimately, the Stars’ big guns were too powerful. Tyler Seguin generated two assists and so did Jamie Benn, who set up John Klingberg‘s overtime game-winning goal.

Again, the effort sure seemed to be there for the Wild, even if they’re far beyond the point of accepting moral victories.

As frustrating as this must be, Minnesota’s not that far from a playoff spot. Still, it has to sting to see “Close, but not good enough” as a prevailing theme as of late.

Royal beating: Lucic, Kings crush Bruins 9-2

As Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) looks on Los Angeles Kings' Milan Lucic waves to the crowd after a tribute to him was played on the screen during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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The Boston Bruins welcomed Milan Lucic back on Tuesday. Maybe they shouldn’t have extended such a warm welcome to the Los Angeles Kings overall, however.

You won’t see many games as lopsided as this one, at least in 2015-16, as the Kings walloped the Bruins by a humbling score of 9-2.

Lucic wasn’t just there, either, as he scored a goal and an assist in his quite triumphant return to Boston.

Tuukka Rask had a short night in Boston’s net, yet it wasn’t as if Jonas Gustavsson enjoyed his time. It was a pretty sound beating by all accounts.

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.

Video: Evander Kane believes he won his fights vs. Alex Petrovic

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The Florida Panthers are beating up the Buffalo Sabres where it counts – on the scoreboard – but Evander Kane was happy to highlight his perceived victories in a couple bouts.

Buffalo’s power forward fought Alex Petrovic twice on Tuesday, and Kane wasn’t shy about holding up a “2-0.”

You can watch the second fight above, and the first one below, via Hockey Fights by way of MSG:

This GIF might just say it all, really:

Update: Apparently they fought again moments after this post went up.

Probably safe to call it a rivalry between the two, right?

The Panthers ultimately won 7-4.

Fight video: Yes, a visor-breaking punch

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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.

Want it in GIF form? OK then: