WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 16: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal in the second period during an NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Verizon Center on April 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

PHT Morning Skate: Where Leafs coach is alarmed after bad loss


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.

Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle described his team’s performance in Tuesday’s 5-1 loss to Washington as “alarming.” (Toronto Sun)

Meanwhile the Ottawa Senators are a step closer to securing their postseason spot. (Ottawa Citizen)

Florida Panthers defenseman Tyson Strachan suffered an upper body injury on Tuesday. (Miami Herald)

22-year-old forward Teemu Hartikainen has a physical side to his game that appeals to the Edmonton Oilers, but he needs to be more consistent if he wants to secure a regular spot on the Oilers’ roster. (Edmonton Sun)

If the Chicago Blackhawks have had a weakness this season, it’s been their mediocre to bad showing with the man advantage. (CSN Chicago)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have battled their way back into the playoff race, but they won’t have time to catch their breath before they continue that struggle. (Columbus Dispatch)

After two rough starts, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price won’t start on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (NHL.com)

Here’s a visual year-by-year history of how the Edmonton Oilers have done as a franchise. (Edmonton Journal)

Highlights from the San Jose Sharks’ 3-2 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings:

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Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?