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.
Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown largely declined to talk about his questionable elbow on Minnesota’s Jason Pominville. “I haven’t seen it,” Brown said. (LA Kings Insider)
The Winnipeg Jets need help if they’re going to make the playoffs. (Winnipeg Sun)
Jordan Staal’s first season with the Carolina Hurricanes hasn’t exactly been picture perfect. (The News & Observer)
The New Jersey Devils got a scare on Tuesday when Ilya Kovalchuk crashed into the end boards and hit his shoulder towards the end of the third period. It was very similar to the play that recently sidelined him for 11 games, but fortunately he appears to be fine this time around. “I hit with my other shoulder, so it’s good,” Kovalchuk explained. (Bergen Record)
James Sheppard, who has fought hard to get back to the NHL after his career was derailed in 2010 due to a knee injury, is the San Jose Sharks’ nominee for the Masterton Trophy. (CSN Bay Area)
Chris Stewart had a big night against Colorado. He scored his 100th goal and recorded his 100th career assist in St. Louis’ 3-1 victory. (NHL.com)
Defenseman Dion Phaneuf has been a polarizing figure, but the team captain has played a role in the Maple Leafs finally making the playoffs. (Toronto Sun)
Without any chance of advancing to the postseason, the New Jersey Devils just want to head into the summer on a winning streak. (The Star-Ledger)
Highlights from Philadelphia’s 5-2 victory over Boston:
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
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.