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.
Without much left to play for before the postseason starts, the Boston Bruins are looking for challenges to keep them sharp. They should get just that from the Chicago Blackhawks tonight. (CSN New England)
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The Carolina Hurricanes have inked 20-year-old forward Phil Di Giuseppe to an entry-level contract. (Hurricanes.nhl.com)
Here’s a look back at the Jarome Iginla trade. (Calgary Sun)
How long will Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith be out? Details on the severity of his leg injury are still scarce, but one report suggests that he will miss two weeks. (Fox Sports)
This certainly hasn’t been a good year for Canadian-based teams. (Vancouver Sun)
New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault and forward Brian Boyle think Ryan McDonagh should be regarded as a serious contender for the Norris Trophy. (The Bergen Record)
While we’re on the subject of the Norris Trophy, here’s the case for Flames defenseman Mark Giordano. (Flames.nhl.com)
New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer is among those who have reservations about the NHL’s realignment after it left the league with two conferences of different sizes. (New Jersey Online)
Highlights from the New York Rangers’ 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers:
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
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.