PHT Morning Skate: Should Oilers GM Tambellini be on the hot seat?


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 Edmonton Oilers will fail to make the playoffs for the seventh straight season. Is it time to fire Oilers GM Steve Tambellini or does he deserve more time to lead the rebuilding squad through its next phase? (Edmonton Journal)

Daniel Briere is a big fan of his new teammate, goaltender Steve Mason. (CSN Philly)

Colorado Avalanche prospect Joey Hishon has suffered a head injury. He was playing in his ninth game since returning from a concussion that had sidelined him for almost two years. The Avalanche took the 21-year-old with the 17th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. (Denver Post)

Washington has gone 21-9-1 in its last 30 games after starting the season 2-8-1. As Capitals coach Adam Oates put it, “We’ve come a long way.” (Washington Times)

The Calgary Flames have signed Ben Hanowski. The 22-year-old prospect has 17 goals and 31 points in 37 games with St. Cloud State. If that name sounds vaguely familiar, it might be because he was one of the players involved in the Jarome Iginla trade. (

J.S. Giguere drew some harsh criticism for ripping his teammates a week ago. He later apologized for his remarks. (Denver Post)

It remains to be seen if the Dallas Stars will make the playoffs, but their AHL affiliate in Texas has earned its first division title in franchise history. (

Panthers coach Kevin Dineen admitted that he is sometimes at odds with forward Scottie Upshall, but Dineen was pleased with Upshall’s performance on Saturday. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

You can check out the highlights of Chicago’s 2-0 victory over St. Louis below:

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Video: Senators make Penguins pay for penalties with 1-1 goal


The Ottawa Senators have defied odds during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and they’ve done so with what’s often been an ice-cold power play.

They finally struck gold on the man advantage on Tuesday, and at a key moment. The Pittsburgh Penguins were dominating much of the game and pressing for an even bigger edge after Evgeni Malkin made it 1-0.

Maybe the Penguins got overzealous, or maybe officials … finally started making some calls. Either way, the Senators ended up with a 5-on-3 advantage for almost a minute-and-a-half. With that opportunity, Bobby Ryan scored a huge goal for Ottawa on a shot that was both oddly and perfectly placed.

Moments later, Kyle Turris narrowly missed a golden opportunity, so the contest remained tied 1-1.

Despite a late push by the Penguins to finish the second, Game 6 will enter the third period with a 1-1 score.


Another big goal from Malkin; another confusing goalie interference review


The Ottawa Senators are ready for a fight in Game 6, which seemingly means that the Pittsburgh Penguins must grind for space and chances. So far, the Penguins are willing to do just that.

Being that this is the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it also means that you need to shrug off setbacks … and the Penguins are doing well in that area, too.

After a 0-0 first period, it seemed like Trevor Daley scored a “greasy” 1-0 goal, but after a review, it was dismissed because of goalie interference. The crowd’s silent, confused response mirrored many on social media who genuinely don’t know what is or is not interference any longer.

The Penguins could have sulked after that near-goal. Instead, they just kept chipping away. Evgeni Malkin finally broke the ice – for real – with a gritty 1-0 tally. You can watch that ugly-pretty effort in the video above this post’s headline.

This marks Malkin’s seventh goal and 24th point of the postseason. No one else has reached 20 yet.


Colin White makes Senators playoff debut, Penguins lineup the same

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs often feel like a battle of attrition, which only makes the introduction of fresh faces that much more compelling.

Try this on for size: with their playoff lives on the line, the Ottawa Senators will see the playoff debut of 2015 first-rounder* Colin White against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. It’s also just his third game at the NHL level, overall.

After rolling with seven defensemen in Game 5, Guy Boucher is opting for a traditional alignment of 12 forwards and six defensemen.

White has that high-level pedigree and possibly fresh legs – even just relatively speaking – so it’s not out of the question for the 20-year-old center to make an impact.

Check out the full roster report here (note: Pittsburgh’s going with the same group as Game 5). Scott Wilson is good to go for the Penguins.

* – 21st overall.

Boucher on Senators’ resiliency: ‘We’ve always chosen to fight’


It’s almost always intriguing to see how a team responds to a tough playoff loss, but that fascination spikes even more if said team fell by an especially lopsided score.

We’ve seen the Pittsburgh Penguins respond to some blowouts with big wins, but now the shoe is on the other foot; how will the Ottawa Senators rebound from the 7-0 shellacking they suffered in Game 5?

Well, if you ask Guy Boucher, they’ve developed a track record that shows they’re willing to fight with their backs against the wall.

Great stuff, right? It’s honestly too bad that Boucher’s defensive system isn’t always as entertaining as his quotes.

Speaking of how Game 5 feeds into tonight’s Game 6, the video above this post’s headline discusses how Ottawa’s goaltenders might be feeling heading into Tuesday.