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.
If you missed this from over the weekend, make it your mandatory read today. Former Avalanche forward Scott Parker has been retired from hockey for six years and battles concussion issues still to this day. (The Denver Post)
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Sharks coach Todd McLellan has a pretty great team to coach this season. How does it compare to his first on the job though? (CSNBayArea.com)
Antti Raanta is an easy-going guy and that’s helping him fit in with the Chicago Blackhawks. (CSNChicago.com)
You better believe Tim Thomas wants to represent the United States in Sochi. (Miami Herald)
Among the many problems the Edmonton Oilers have, their power play is high on the list at the moment. (Edmonton Journal)
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger