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PHT Morning Skate: Former Leafs coach expects 7-8 year rebuild

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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.

It seems like former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson has a part-time job in which he says negative things about his old team. The Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno presents the latest it of grim commentary, as Wilson told Fan 590 that their rebuild could take seven-to-eight years. (Whyno’s tweet)

The NHL’s top 10 rising prospects. (The Hockey News)

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It looks like Vancouver is indeed going forward with naming a street Pat Quinn Way. Great stuff. (Metro News)

Pittsburgh Penguins assistant Gary Agnew thought the team looked “lethargic” in their 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche (Penguins website)

A commercial involving Bobby Ryan and Brent Burns seems random – especially since it isn’t for a pizza company – but it turns brilliant here:

See any resemblance?

Video: Andersen’s sprawling save, Getzlaf fights Doan

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Do you prefer fight videos or clips of tremendous saves? This post of Anaheim Ducks – Arizona Coyotes highlights has one example of each, so everyone should be happy. Right?

First, let’s check out Frederik Andersen making a highlight reel save against Martin Erat as he finally got back into the Ducks’ lineup:

If that wasn’t enough, we got a captain fight as Shane Doan let off some post-trade-deadline steam in a bout against Ryan Getzlaf:

The Ducks ended up winning the game 4-1.

Update: Stars’ Daley could miss ‘weeks’ after hit by Isles’ Martin

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New York Islanders forward Matt Martin received a game misconduct and five-minute kneeing major for this hit on Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley on Tuesday:

Daley suffered what’s labeled a lower-body injury on the play (it looked like a knee issue, but we’ll see).

Martin has been suspended by the NHL before, but not in years. Should he receive supplemental discipline for that play?

Update: Bad news for the Stars (and maybe Martin) from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, as Daley could miss “weeks.”

Bernier bests Panthers as Luongo goes from injured (and in street clothes) to back in net

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It’s oddly fitting that a goalie shined the brightest in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, as netminders provided tons of drama.

Jonathan Bernier was absolutely brilliant in making 40 saves and ended Toronto’s 16-game road winless streak, but most eyes were on Roberto Luongo, Al Montoya and … Robb Tallas.

It started out with Luongo, who was hurt by a first period shot. Montoya then got hurt himself during the third period, yet with Florida in a huge bind, the backup goalie did his best to tough things out (eventually giving up the game-deciding goal as he could barely move properly).

All eyes were on the Panthers bench and walkway, as goalie coach Tallas warmed up in an emergency capacity. It only got weirder when Luongo was seen discussing the situation with Panthers GM Dale Tallon and other staffers in street clothes before coming back out in his gear to finish the game.

Luongo stopped all 19 of the shots he faced, suffer what seemed like a shoulder injury, and ended the night with a non-decision.

It was an absolutely surreal situation, yet it could have serious playoff implications if Luongo and/or Montoya are significantly hurt.

On the bright side for Florida, they do have an experienced goalie waiting in the wings in Dan Ellis. In less savory news, their goalies weren’t the only players to get banged up, as Nick Bjugstad was shaken up when he took a puck up high.

Yeah, not a great night for the Panthers, so they probably won’t get much of a kick out of these bits of information about Tallas:

Greedy folks wanted to see Jaromir Jagr in net, yet it felt like slack-jawed observers witnessed everything else in this one.

Lightning stroll past Sabres as Vasilevskiy gets first NHL shutout

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The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 on Tuesday as Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded his first NHL shutout in a surprise start (or was it?).

While he was protected for much of the game, the Sabres did make him sweat with a few tough first-period saves. Vasilevskiy made some wonderful stops and ultimately made all 28 saves.

The game-winner ended up going to Steve Stamkos:

After that, the Lightning put the game out of reach with two second-period power-play tallies:

During the game, Pierre McGuire mentioned that the Lightning are a little concerned about “playing to the level of their opponents.” This effort may not put all of those fears to rest, yet at the same time, the Bolts began a homestand with a clean win.