PHT Morning Skate: Bobby Ryan takes on a beer league player in a skills competition

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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.

Bobby Ryan made a beer league hockey player look foolish in a skills competition. (Top)

–Here’s the story of a horse named after Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist. (Detroit Free Press)

–John Scott will serve as one of the captains during Wayne Gretzky’s Ice Hockey Classic. (Bardown)

–Watch the highlights of yesterday’s game between the Lightning and Red Wings:

–There’s a method to Brent Burns‘ madness. (The Hockey News)

Eric Staal is finally back in the Stanley Cup playoffs. (Sportsnet)

–The NHL needs to change their offside rule going forward. (Sporting News)

PHT Morning Skate: Bobby Ryan’s goal lands these kids a new puppy

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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.

–These kids will be getting a new puppy because Bobby Ryan scored in yesterday’s game against the Rangers.

–This Chicago Sun-Times columnist asks if we should put Joel Quenneville on the same level as Phil Jackson. (Sun-Times)

–Find out how Brendan Shanahan ended the long feud between the Leafs and Dave Keon. (Toronto Sun)

Tyler Seguin hung out with Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons. (Dallas Morning News)

–With the added risk of injury, should coaches send their star players out on the penalty kill? (Edmonton Journal)

–Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss did his part to help get fellow drivers out of the snow. (Bardown)

Bobby Ryan’s big night powers Sens’ OT win vs. Blues

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Things were looking pretty dire for the Ottawa Senators earlier on Monday.

They came into the game with a three-game losing streak and losses in five of six contests, and they had been shut out in consecutive games.

There was concern that might happen again, as the St. Louis Blues opened up a 2-0 lead … but, well, the headline kind of spoils this one, doesn’t it?

Bobby Ryan was the catalyst of a big turnaround, grabbing the primary assist on Mike Hoffman‘s tally before tying the game up and then winning it in overtime.

(You can see his fantastic move on the overtime game-winner in the video above this post.)

Here’s his first goal of the night while we’re at it:

When you’re in a rut, sometimes you need key guys to carry you to victory. Ryan did that in a big way for the Senators tonight.

NHL rescinds Savard’s misconduct for boarding Bobby Ryan

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David Savard won’t be facing any supplemental discipline for his hit on Bobby Ryan last night — in fact, he won’t even have the game misconduct on his rap sheet anymore.

Per the Columbus Dispatch, the NHL has rescinded Savard’s game misconduct and the $200 fine that comes with it. The Blue Jackets’ defenseman was given a five-minute boarding major and tossed during the third period of Thursday’s loss.

As the Dispatch notes, taking away the game misconduct is important — two misconducts in the “physical fouls” category in a 41-game window results in a one-game suspension.

Thursday’s misconduct penalty was Savard’s first of the season.

The league’s decision will probably appease Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella, who didn’t think much of the call.

“It’s certainly not a major,” Tortorella said, per the team website. “I’m not even sure it’s a penalty.”

Jonas Hiller, Bobby Ryan shaken up in collision

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The Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames are engaging in an increasingly wild affair, and the collision between Bobby Ryan and Jonas Hiller may only turn up the heat.

Ryan received a goalie interference penalty for the incident.

Hiller seems especially shaken up by that collision so far, while Ryan left but eventually came back. Do you think Ryan was at fault for this despite getting pushed?

Video will be added when or if it’s available. For now, judge it based on this GIF via Stephanie “My Regular Face.”

Update: The Senators ended up winning 5-4 via a shootout. Sounds like Hiller’s status is currently up in the air.