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.
San Jose Sharks bench boss Todd McLellan thinks Dan Boyle is “starting to look like Dan Boyle.” It’s great timing with the playoffs just around the corner. (CSN Bay Area)
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What lessons can the Toronto Maple Leafs take from the success of the Boston Bruins? (Toronto Sun)
Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley is very happy with the work 23-year-old defenseman T.J. Brodie has done this season. (Flames.nhl.com)
The Chicago Blackhawks have inked 2010 second-round pick Stephen Johns to an entry-level deal. (CSN Chicago)
The New Jersey Devils are a league-worst 0-11 in shootouts and that might lead some to question Devils coach coach Pete DeBoer’s shooter selections. GM Lou Lamoriello says he’s not one of them though. (The Star-Ledger)
On the other end of the spectrum, the Colorado Avalanche have been excelling in overtime/shootout games. They have the NHL’s best winning percentage in one-goal games. (Denver Post)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have inked 21-year-old forward Scott Wilson to an entry-level contract. He was taken with the third last pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The guy selected right before him was Calder Trophy-candidate Ondrej Palat. (Penguins.nhl.com)
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