PHT Morning Skate: A year after her injury, Denna Laing wants to participate in the Boston Marathon

–Oilers forward Connor McDavid showed off his blazing speed throughout last weekend’s All-Star events in Los Angeles. Some players, like Tyler Seguin, couldn’t believe just how fast he was. “I don’t quite get how his first three steps, how he can separate from players so quickly with those first three steps. And even more impressive how he can do it almost quicker with the puck than without. He’s in his own world with that … That’s a different fast.” (Canadian Press)

–NHL players don’t easily forget the different battles they go through on the ice, but they’ve shown that they’re fully capable of forgiving their opponents if they bump into them during a social gathering or if they ever end up on the same team. ‘‘You have a hatred for some guys,’’ defenseman Brent Seabrook said. ‘‘But there’s a lot of guys you come across through the years that you hate playing against, then you meet them as a teammate or at a bar or at an All-Star Game or an Olympics or a world championship or a World Cup or whatever it may be, and you find out they’re pretty good guys.’’ (Chicago Sun-Times)

Jay Beagle has always been known as a depth forward, but he’s shown that he’s fully capable of chipping in with some offense every so often. After countless hours of working on his play with the puck, Beagle is starting to prove that he can get his name on the score sheet too. (NHL.com)

Nicklas Backstrom and Brad Marchand both put together three-point efforts during last night’s contest between the Bruins and Caps, but it was Washington that came out on top. You can watch the highlights of the game by clicking the video at the top of the page.

–Even when things appear to be going well for the Islanders, they aren’t. Despite the team playing solid hockey of late, most people are focusing on the fact that the Islanders could be looking for a new home (again). They appear to have three options: Stay at the Barclays Center, build a new arena or go back to the old Nassau Coliseum. No matter what they decide, one thing is clear, the fans are fed up of all this drama surrounding the Islanders. (New York Times)

–Here’s a feel-good story: 13 months after suffering a spinal cord injury on the ice, Denna Laing announced that she’s planning on participating in the upcoming Boston Marathon. ” Just to have that feeling to be competing again is pretty incredible and not something that you usually get just in everyday life. So it’s really exciting to be back, to have a goal like that.” (NHL.com)

–Sticking with that Caps-Bruins game. T.J. Oshie was so fired up after the warmup, that he nearly ran over head coach Barry Trotz in the hallway. Thankfully, Trotz saw him coming and backed out of the way at the last second:

John Tortorella had no time for questions after blowout loss (Video)

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Since being hired by the Columbus Blue Jackets John Tortorella has seemed to be a kinder, gentler coach.

The blow ups and battles with the media don’t seem to happen as much. We don’t get as many rants.

He just does not seem as angry all the time.

Losing 7-2 at home to the Edmonton Oilers, however, might change a few things.

That it was happened to the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night and Tortorella was in no mood to answer question about the game.

His press conference consisted of him stepping to the podium, saying there is no point in answering questions about the game, then leaving.

Here it is in all of its glory.

The only question we have: Is this shorter than the night he said the New York Rangers “sucked from head to toe?”

(Oddly enough, that game was also against the Edmonton Oilers).

That press conference lasted, roughly, 14 seconds from the time he started talking until the time he walked away (and also included the line “I know you have a job to do”).

Tonight’s comes in at just around 12 seconds. So we might have a record for the shortest John Tortorella press conference of all time.

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

Former NHL defenseman Zarley Zalapski dies at 49

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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Former NHL defenseman Zarley Zalapski has died at age 49, according to the Calgary Flames. No cause of death was given.

Zalapski, a native of Edmonton, played 637 NHL games for Calgary, Pittsburgh, Hartford, Montreal and Philadelphia from 1987 to 2000.

He was with the Flames from 1993 to 1998.

“We are proud that Zarley wore the Flames jersey, made Calgary his home following his playing career, represented our alumni executive and we will always remember him as a member of the Flames family,” Flames president and chief executive officer Ken King said Tuesday in a statement.

“This is a terrible loss of a man with great character who truly loved the game of hockey. We express our sincere condolences to the Zalapski family.”

Zalapski was a member of the Canadian team that finished fourth in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

He had 99 goals, 285 assists and 684 penalty minutes in the NHL. Zalapski was named to the all-rookie team in 1989 and participated in the NHL All-Star Game in 1993.

Zalapski played stints in Austria and Switzerland after his NHL career and appeared in 11 games for the United Hockey League’s Kalamazoo Wings in 2004-05.

He was the fourth overall pick by the Penguins in the 1986 entry draft.

Taylor Hall puts on a show as Devils end Kings’ winning streak

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The New Jersey Devils put an end to the Los Angeles Kings’ eight-game winning streak on Tuesday night with a rather convincing 5-1 win.

The Devils dominated in pretty much every aspect of the game, limiting the Kings to just 17 shots on goal and scoring five goals against a team that had not allowed more than two goals (and never more than three) during its winning streak.

The star of the game for the Devils was most certainly forward Taylor Hall.

Hall continued what could be a career year with a pair of goals, including this highlight reel play in the second period that saw him force a turnover, split through the Kings’ defense (including Drew Doughty!), then beat Jonathan Quick with a backhander.

With that performance on Tuesday Hall is now up to 11 goals and 31 total points on the season.

His first year with the Devils wasn’t quite what he or the team wanted, but he has bounced back in a big way this season. His performance, along with the development of young players Nico Hischier, Will Butcher, and Jesper Bratt have the Devils back on track to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

WATCH LIVE: Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Louis Blues

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Tampa Bay Lightning

Forwards

Vladislav NamestnikovSteven StamkosNikita Kucherov

Ondrej PalatBrayden PointTyler Johnson

Alex KillornYanni GourdeCory Conacher

Chris KunitzCedric PaquetteRyan Callahan

Defensemen

Victor HedmanJake Dotchin

Mikhail SergachevAnton Stralman

Slater KoekkoekDan Girardi

Starting goalie: Andrei Vasilevskiy

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St. Louis Blues

Forwards

Vladimir SobotkaPaul StastnyVladimir Tarasenko

Alexander SteenBrayden SchennDmitrij Jaskin

Ivan Barbashev – Patrik BerglundMagnus Paajarvi

Scottie UpshallOskar SundqvistKyle Brodziak

Defense

Joel EdmundsonColton Parayko

Carl GunnarssonRobert Bortuzzo

Jordan Schmaltz – Vince Dunn

Starting Goalie: Jake Allen