Tuesday’s wild third period in Game 5 of the Rangers-Canadiens series has left the NHL’s Department of Player Safety with plenty to review today.
Per TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, the league is looking into a pair of incidents that occurred late in the game — Rene Bourque’s cross-check on Derek Dorsett at the final horn (Bourque was given a five-minute major and game misconduct):
Lavoie also reports the league will be reviewing Dorsett’s headbutt on Mike Weaver:
Dorsett’s actions — which went unpenalized — prompted this response from Weaver (they also prompted the cross-check from Bourque, but I digress…):
In related news, the league has already scheduled a disciplinary hearing for Rangers defenseman John Moore, who was given a match penalty midway through the third period for this hit on Montreal forward Dale Weise:
According to ESPN New York, Moore’s hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m today.
Finally, in an incident that won’t be reviewed but is worth pointing out, Dorsett appeared to snow shower the kid Montreal uses in its pregame torch ceremony:
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.
Here’s a detailed look back at Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin‘s first 10 years in the NHL. (NHL.com)
Speaking of Crosby, he’s signed a multiyear partnership with adidas. (Newswire)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play a key role in easing Connor McDavid into the NHL. (Edmonton Sun)
After two polar opposite seasons, the jury is still out on Patrick Roy as a head coach. (Denver Post)
Marc-Andre Fleury enjoys pulling off pranks on his teammates. “I play better when I’m looser, laughing and having fun,” he said. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Art McDonald, a Canadian who won recently won a Nobel Prize, talked to the committee members about the Toronto Maple Leafs. (SB Nation)
The St. Louis Blues named Rob DiMaio their director of player personnel on Tuesday.
He’s been with the organization for some time. He joined as a pro scout in 2008 and was the pro scouting director starting in August 2012.
He was also a scout for the Dallas Stars before landing with the Blues (one would assume his biggest connection is GM Doug Armstrong, then).
In case his nose didn’t give it away, he also enjoyed a lengthy hockey career over 19 seasons.
No doubt about it, this is a pivotal season for the Blues after multiple campaigns in which strong regular seasons dissolved into playoff disappointments. Perhaps DiMaio can make a difference in a heightened role?