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 argument for the Pittsburgh Penguins sticking with Tomas Vokoun for the start of the second round. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
The Portland Winterhawks are the 2013 WHL Champions. St. Louis Blues prospect Ty Rattie had a hat trick in the deciding game. (NHL.com)
The New York Islanders have some tough decisions to make this summer. They have a number of notable players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, including Brad Boyes, Mark Streit, and Evgeni Nabokov. (Newsday)
After years of failing to make the playoffs, the Toronto Maple Leafs are being looked at in a different light. (ESPN)
Donna Lebano was eight months pregnant when she attended Game 5 of Chicago’s first-round series against the Minnesota Wild. She began to experience contractions during the second period, but as she put it, “No way was I leaving.” She went to the hospital after seeing the Blackhawks eliminate the Wild and gave birth to her “very patient” son. (ABC)
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.