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PHT Morning Skate: Flames give nine-year-old fan a day he’ll never forget

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–Last Friday, the NHL unveiled their list of the 100 greatest players in league history. Only a few current NHLers made the list, but if another list was to be made in 100 years from now, which active players could find themselves on that edition? Patrik Laine, Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews would all be great guesses. “I think that’s everybody’s goal, to be remembered,” Laine said. “If we can play the game the same way, then someone will remember you when you’re not playing anymore. That would be pretty cool to be selected like that someday. I will try to [work toward] that every day.” (NHL.com)

–Young Minnesota Wild fan, Owen Guertin, was recently diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation. Owen’s father was in Los Angeles for All-Star weekend, and he managed to get a few Wild players to help bring joy to his son’s life. Devan Dubnyk recorded a pep talk video for Owen, Mikko Koivu sent him a hockey stick and assistant coach Darby Hendrickson passed along plenty of gifts too. (Minneapolis StarTribune)

–Here’s another great father/son story. Duncan Keith‘s All-Star weekend was extra special because he got to bring son, Colton, around everywhere he went. Colton followed his dad to the NHL 100 ceremony, media day and he even sat on the bench during the skills competition. “It’s cool for me, but for me the fun part now is to be able to give him these types of experiences. It’s added incentive to try to make these games and give him that experience of being here and being around the room and meeting different players and seeing what it’s all about.” (Chicago Tribune)

–Sports Illustrated counts down the 17 greatest moments in NHL history. The top moment is Bobby Orr’s iconic goal against the St. Louis Blues, while number two is the blockbuster deal that saw Wayne Gretzky go from Edmonton to Los Angeles. It’s a pretty fascinating list. (Sports Illustrated)

–The Calgary Flames signed nine-year-old Fionn Daly to a one-day contract as part of the Make A Wish Foundation. Daly got his own press conference, he got to sign the contract, practice with the team and hang out in the locker room. What a feel-good story. (BarDown)

–The AHL All-Star game went down last night and the league decided to honor Craig Cunningham by having each player wear his no. 14 during the pre-game warmup. As you may remember, Cunningham collapsed on the ice back in November. “It’s a classy move by the AHL,” Cunningham’s teammate Christian Fischer said. “Craig probably saw it on social media, he’s probably smiling. It’s a pretty nice tribute from the whole league, I think.” (Associated Press)

The Buzzer: Kempe, Schwartz record hat tricks; Leafs honor Gord Downie

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Players of the night: Jaden Schwartz, St. Louis Blues / Adrian Kempe, Los Angeles Kings

The Blues forward tallied his third career hat trick during a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Schwartz scored the game’s first two goals before completing his hat trick with a late empty-net goal to stave off a Chicago comeback.

Wednesday’s feat for Schwartz came three years to the day of his first career three-goal game.

Kempe, meanwhile, tallied his first NHL hat trick and finished with four points during LA’s 5-1 rout of the Montreal Canadiens. Two of his three goals were assisted by Mike Cammalleri, who also finished the night with four points.

Highlight of the night:

Eddie Olczyk returned to the NBC broadcast booth as he continues his battle against colon cancer. Olczyk, along with Doc Emrick, called the Blues-Blackhawks game from Scottrade Center Wednesday night.

MISC:

Auston Matthews recorded the 20th multi-point game of his career. He now has six goals and 10 points on the season.

Patrick Marleau became the 18th NHL player to reach the 1,500-game mark.

Jake Allen kept his shutout bid alive with this great stick save on Patrick Kane late:

-The Kings are off their best start in franchise history at 5-0-1. They’ve allowed only 10 goals against through six games.

Jeff Carter left the game in the first period and did not return after tangling with Jeff Petry. Afterward, Kings head coach John Stevens said the forward will miss some time.

-Finally, The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie passed away from cancer at age 53 on Wednesday. The Maple Leafs paid tribute before their game against the Red Wings.

Factoid of the night:

Scores:

Maple Leafs 6, Red Wings 3

Blues 5, Blackhawks 2

Kings 5, Canadiens 1

Cammalleri, Kempe power Kings over Canadiens

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Adrian Kempe recorded his first career NHL hat trick and Mike Cammalleri added two goals as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-1.

After Paul Byron opened the scoring for Montreal midway through the first period, the Kings responded with five unanswered goals to hand the Habs their sixth straight defeat.

Cammalleri, who inked a one-year deal over the summer to return to the Kings, had a hand in four of LA’s five goals. He started the scoring for the Kings in the first period by celebrating the Dodgers’ playoff run with his own special kind of baseball swing.

Kempe, who finished with four points as well, scored his three goals over a span of 10:50 in the third period to help the Kings to their best start in franchise history (5-0-1).

LA remains the only NHL team yet to lose in regulation this season.

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

Jaden Schwartz’s hat trick leads Blues over Blackhawks

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Jaden Schwartz‘s third career hat trick helped power the St. Louis Blues over the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 in a Central Division clash Wednesday night at Scottrade Center.

Schwartz’s eventful evening began with a goal 4:46 into the first period. It was nearly ended minutes later after a scary crash into the end boards following a scoring chance.

After missing some time, Schwartz returned in the second period and doubled the Blues’ lead with his fourth of a season, thanks to a great outlet pass from Allen.

As the Blues built up a 4-0 lead, the Blackhawks spoiled Allen’s shutout bid with a pair of late power play goals 80 seconds apart. The furious rally was stopped, however, and Schwartz capped off his hat trick with an empty netter to put the game out of reach.

St. Louis dominated the first two periods, outshooting the Blackhawks 26-8 as they built up their 2-0 lead. The Blackhawks’ power play failed them early in the game, missing out on five chances to capitalize with the extra man through 40 minutes.

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

WATCH LIVE: Canadiens at Kings

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The Montreal Canadiens play their second game of a three-game west coast trip Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

It hasn’t been the best start for the Habs, who sit tied for last in the Eastern Conference with a 1-4-1 record. They’re winless since an opening night win over the Buffalo Sabres. On the other side of things, the Kings are the only NHL team that has yet to lose in regulation. Their 4-0-1 start puts them a point behind the Vegas Golden Knights, and their game in-hand gives them the opportunity to leap into first place in the Pacific Division with a victory.

You can check out tonight’s game on NBCSN (10:30 p.m. ET) or online via the live stream.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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