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.
Some facts about Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. (NHL.com)
Former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady Hillary Clinton has thrown her support behind the Chicago Blackhawks. As you may have heard, the Blackhawks also have the President on their side. (Chicago Tribune)
After getting to sleep at around 3:00 a.m. last night, Marian Hossa was woken early by his neighbor drilling. He logged 34:18 minutes in Chicago’s 4-3 triple-overtime win. (CSN Chicago)
Were the Pittsburgh Penguins right to give coach Dan Bylsma an extension and back goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury? (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Kevin Constantine has returned the WHL Everett Silvertips to retake his former post as the team’s head coach. He has won more games with the Silvertips than any other bench boss in the franchise’s history. (EverettSilvertips.com)
Analysis of the players that have made it to the Stanley Cup Final — or more specifically, their playoff beards. (Puck Daddy)
Why have the recent Stanley Cup champions and current contenders done so poorly with the man advantage? (ESPN.com)
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
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.