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.
Chicago’s Michal Handzus has been at this NHL thing for a while now and playing with the Blackhawks and winning a Stanley Cup last season only keeps him wanting more. (CSNChicago.com)
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Caps defenseman Mike Green thinks he knows what will fix their defensive woes: More blocked shots. (CSNWashington.com)
Jets backup goalie Michael Hutchinson will get a start in one of the final three games of the season. Heck of a story for a guy who started the year in the ECHL. (Winnipeg Free Press)
Red Wings rookie Tomas Jurco wants to make his shot more effective. Just what they need, another young guy to start sniping goals. (Detroit Free Press)
Will anyone lose their job because of the Toronto Maple Leafs collapse? (Toronto Sun)
If you haven’t seen the on-ice brawl between the NYPD and NYFD hockey players at a charity game on Long Island, you’re going to want to fix that. It’s like a scene out of “Rescue Me” but without Denis Leary and Cam Neely involved. (Puck Daddy)
Finally, if you really want to be grossed out today, check out the damage done to Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff’s ear when a puck almost took it clean off. (Warning: Very graphic photo) (Christian Ehrhoff on Twitter)
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.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.