Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick testifies before the House Energy Committee about the impact of the health care reform act on states during a hearing on Capitol Hill March 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. Under the leadership of potential GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, Massachusetts began a universal health care program for all residents in 2006.
(February 28, 2011 - Source: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America)

PHT Morning Skate: Massachusetts Governor lives up to Stanley Cup bet


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.

23-year-old forward Eric O’Dell has signed a two-way contract with the Winnipeg Jets. (

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has honored his Stanley Cup bet with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. (Boston Herald)

NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr thinks the top four players selected in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft could already be NHL ready. (

Francois Allaire has officially been selected as the Avalanche’s new goaltending coach. (Denver Post)

Former Yale University goaltender Jeff Malcolm has joined the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack. (Wolf Pack’s official website)

Ottawa Senators defenseman Marc Methot thinks his previous international experience helped him land an invite to Team Canada’s orientation camp. (Ottawa Citizen)

Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

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This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.

Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.

While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.

There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.

Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.

Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:

It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning


In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.