NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 09: Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils clears the puck near the hashmarks against the Los Angeles Kings during Game Five of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on June 9, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

PHT Morning Skate: Yzerman expresses concerns about Canadian goaltending

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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 Philadelphia Flyers are reportedly close to inking 20-year-old defenseman Maxim Lamarche. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Steve Yzerman is worried about the quality of Canadian goaltenders. He thinks Canada needs to take some lessons from European countries. When asked about the CHL reportedly considering a ban on European goaltenders, Yzerman avoided directly supporting or opposing the idea. (Toronto Star)

The Tampa Bay Lightning anticipate that the NHL realignment will make it harder for them to make the playoffs. Turner Batten argued it will also mean that “any success the Lightning endures from now on will not be swept under the rug with regards to the national spotlight.” (Lightning.nhl.com)

With Robyn Regehr inked, the Los Angeles Kings might opt to let defenseman Rob Scuderi walk as an unrestricted free agent. (LA Kings Insider)

Reebok-CCM has inked equipment deals with top 2013 Draft prospects Seth Jones, Nate MacKinnon, and Jonathan Drouin. (Ottawa Citizen)

Valtteri Filppula will need six-to-eight weeks to recover from his high-ankle sprain. He’s scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. (Detroit News)

As far as Kings coach Darryl Sutter is concerned, every team prepared well in advance for the possibility of facing the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs. (LA Kings Insider)

Wild must overcome Alex Ovechkin’s 14th career hat trick

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Death, taxes and Alex Ovechkin winning the Maurice Richard Trophy.

OK, the third thing on that list isn’t technically inevitable. It just feels that way lately in the NHL.

It’s unclear if the Washington Capitals can hold on against the Minnesota Wild, but we know for certain that Ovechkin already has a hat trick, the 14th of his high-scoring career.

This propels Ovechkin to the goals lead as of this writing, as he already has 34. As impressive as Patrick Kane has been, No. 8 is heating up, and may just edge No. 88 if Ovechkin can remain healthy.

One has to feel a little sympathy for the struggling Wild. They played well but lost against the Dallas Stars earlier this week and now must deal with Ovechkin and the just-as-hot Capitals.

Bylsma believes league will look at Gudas’ hit on Catenacci

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Rugged Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas may get in trouble with the league once again.

At least, it will be that way if Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma has his way regarding Gudas’ five-minute charging major hit on Daniel Catenacci.

“I think there’s no question it’s head hit,” Bylsma said, according to the Buffalo News’ John Vogl. ” … I know the league will look at that hit and deal with it.”

As far as the injury portion of possible suspension considerations go:

Marcus Foligno‘s analysis of Gudas was … well just check it out.

The Flyers ended up winning 5-1. Gudas was a busy man overall, racking up 17 penalty minutes.

Fight video: Patrice Bergeron vs. Blake Wheeler (seriously)

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Regular Selke winner Patrice Bergeron can do it all on the ice, it seems. Apparently that means he’ll even drop the gloves.

That was the unlikely scene during Thursday’s Boston Bruins – Winnipeg Jets skirmish, as Bergeron fought fellow finesse forward Blake Wheeler.

Perhaps unusual feisty behavior was just in the air, as Tyler Myers squared off with Matt Beleskey.

(Not as unlikely, but still.)

Video: Dion Phaneuf’s assist is his first point with Senators

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Dion Phaneuf‘s first home game as a member of the Ottawa Senators is going more smoothly than his debut did on Wednesday.

Ottawa fell 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings last night, and they need another goal to tie up the Colorado Avalanche. Still, Phaneuf’s making a bigger impact on Thursday, collecting two assists … his first two points in a Sens’ sweater.

You can see his crowd-pleasing first helper above.

Here’s his second assist for good measure:

Update: The Avalanche held on, taking a 4-3 edge. Even so, Phaneuf’s getting a warm welcome in his new hockey city.