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.
Flames rookie Sean Monahan scored his 20th goal of the season on Sunday. He’s the first Flames rookie forward to do that since Jarome Iginla in 1996-1997. He’s the first Flames rookie at all to do it since Dion Phaneuf in 2005-06. (Flames)
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Brooks Orpik’s hit on Jonathan Toews during Pittsburgh’s win against Chicago Sunday night is still talk of the town. Patrick Sharp has a thought on what went down there:
#Blackhawks' Sharp on hit by Penguins' Orpik on Toews: "You could tell he was trying to hit him hard. He knew who he was hitting."
March was a tough month for Washington’s Alex Ovechkin. He didn’t score any even-strength points. Everything he got came on the power play and it’s not the first time that’s happened. (Adam Vignanvia Twitter)
Sabres youngster Mikhail Grigorenko is headed to AHL Rochester after the Quebec Remparts were eliminated from the QMJHL playoffs. (Sabres)
Flyers owner Ed Snider is doing some outstanding charitable work in Philadelphia that’s also helping grow the game there. (NHL.com)
Finally, if you missed this on Saturday night you’re not alone. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick had one of the most acrobatic saves of the season to deny Jets forward Blake Wheeler a goal. Just call him “The Scorpion King.”
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