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PHT Morning Skate: Stanley Cup Final, Bernier trade dominates talk

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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.

Boston Bruins forward Chris Kelly might take on an expanded role if Patrice Bergeron ends up missing Game 6 due to an undisclosed injury. (CSN New England)

The Chicago Blackhawks have a 3-2 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final, but they know the Bruins are more than capable of bouncing back. (CSN Chicago)

New York Post writer Larry Brooks had some heated exchanges with former Rangers head coach John Tortorella, but he still wishes Tortorella the best in Vancouver. (Vancouver Sun)

Buildings light up in support of the Bruins and Blackhawks. (Puck Daddy)

Breaking down the New York Rangers. (

Not everyone in Toronto is happy about the Toronto Maple Leafs’ decision to acquire goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings. The reason? James Reimer. (Leafs Nation)

Still, there are reasons to like this deal from the Maple Leafs’ perspective. (Toronto Star)

While we’re on the subject of the Leafs, could the Colorado Avalanche offer them forward Paul Stastny in a trade for Dion Phaneuf? (Denver Post)

Highlights from Chicago’s 3-1 victory over Boston:

Tough start: Lehner knocked out of Sabres debut, won’t return

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Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.

Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.

During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.

It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.

As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.

Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.


‘Canes lose Wisniewski (lower body) 47 seconds into debut

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James Wisniewski‘s time as a Carolina Hurricane is off to a troubling start.

Wisniewski, acquired by the ‘Canes at this year’s draft, exited Thursday’s season-opener against Nashville early in the first period with a lower-body injury.

Shortly thereafter, the team ruled out his return.

Wisniewski, 31, was expected to play a fairly significant role on Carolina’s defense this year.

It’s unclear what the injury is or how severe it might be, but initial reports don’t sound good; Wisniewski appeared to be in significant pain and had to be helped off the ice.