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.
Anaheim didn’t play last night, but the Chicago Blackhawks beating the Dallas Stars guaranteed the Ducks’ playoff spot. (NHL.com)
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Michael Ryder was dropped to the New Jersey Devils’ fourth line during Tuesday’s practice. The news didn’t come as a surprise to him given his poor offensive production. (The Star-Ledger)
The case for Mike Babcock winning the Jack Adams Award. (Puck Daddy)
Former NHL enforcer Sean Avery has been eliminated from Dancing With the Stars and he has a theory as to why that is. (ABC News)
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard wasn’t in the mood to hide his displeasure over Columbus forward Cam Atkinson’s controversial goal that ended up being the determining factor in Tuesday’s game. (Detroit News)
Speaking of which, here are the highlights from Columbus’ 4-2 win against Detroit:
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day