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PHT Morning Skate: Panthers’ Gomez happy to mentor, hopes to win too

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.

Scott Gomez is happy to serve as a mentor for the younger members of the Florida Panthers, but his goals are to make the playoffs and rebound after some rough seasons. (Sun Sentinel)

First rounder Andre Burakovsky headlines the Washington Capitals’ rookie camp roster. (CSN Washington)

Speaking of rookie camps, here are five prospects to keep tabs on if you’re an Ottawa Senators’ fan. (Ottawa Citizen)

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout is feeling much better than expected after undergoing abdominal surgery in August. He was on the ice Tuesday for a light scrimmage. (Columbus Dispatch)

RBC teamed up with the NHLPA to donate $50,000 to the Foothills Minor Hockey Association. The money will be used to replace hockey equipment that was destroyed by the massive flooding in Alberta earlier this summer. (

With Vincent Lecavalier gone, Steven Stamkos is looking to step up. “I think I’ve been able to learn from a lot of the veteran guys over the past five years,” Stamkos said. (

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron (Updated)

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Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…

Two-for-two: Another successful coach’s challenge as Sens reverse Kane’s goal

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Coaches are quickly getting the hang of this challenge thing.

Following Mike Babcock’s successful challenge in Toronto’s opening-night loss to Montreal on Wednesday, Babcock’s provincial rival — Sens head coach Dave Cameron — got it right as well, successfully reversing Evander Kane‘s would-be equalizer in the third period.

From the league:

At 10:34 of the third period in the Senators/Sabres game, Ottawa requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Buffalo was off-side prior to Evander Kane’s goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-side” infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.”

Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Buffalo Sabres.

The clock is re-set to show 9:32 (10:28 elapsed time), when the off-side infraction occurred.

As the league later noted, this was the first coach’s challenge under the offside scenario.