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PHT Morning Skate: Ovechkin talks about Team Russia, Olympics


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 Los Angeles Kings have signed 23-year-old goaltender Martin Jones to a two-year contract. (

Alex Ovechkin doesn’t think the bigger ice surface in the 2014 Winter Olympics will be an advantage for Team Russia. He also talked about the pressure that will be on the Russian players. (CSN Washington)

Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish isn’t putting too much stock in the Oilers’ trio of blowout losses in the Young Stars Classic tournament. Contrast that with Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster’s remarks. (Edmonton Sun)

Tyler Kennedy might get a chance to play alongside Brent Burns and Joe Thornton. Meanwhile, rookie Tomas Hertl might make his NHL debut when the Sharks’ open their season on Oct. 3. (CSN Bay Area)

Here are 10 interesting storylines involving Canadian hockey teams to keep an eye on during training camp. (

If Daniel Cleary does end up signing his reported three-year, $8.25 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, it will represent a sizable increase over what Detroit offered. (Detroit Free Press)

Video: Eichel’s first career NHL goal

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Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.

The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.

Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.


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.