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.
Blues forward Patrik Berglund is normally a center but his recent move to the wing is paying off nicely so far. (Post-Dispatch)
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Oilers forward Ales Hemsky would love to get another chance to play for the Czech Republic in the Olympics. (Edmonton Journal)
Mikko Koivu was banged up on Saturday night and missed most of the third period. The Wild really don’t need to lose their captain while they’re struggling. (Star-Tribune)
Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly knows what it’s like to play for bronze at World Juniors and, you guessed it, it stinks. (Toronto Sun)
Do referees have a vendetta against P.K. Subban? He sure thinks so. (Sun Media)
Pittsburgh writer Seth Rorabaugh shared a story of why he misses the lockout. If you’ve got tissues nearby you might need them. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Wild prospect Matt Dumba had a tough time at World Juniors and he and his Team Canada coach, Brent Sutter, have a history. Not all of it is nice and easy though.
Rasmus Ristolainen’s golden goal in overtime gave Finland a 3-2 victory against rival Sweden and their first World Junior Championships gold medal since 1998.
Ristolainen, a 2013 Buffalo Sabres first-round pick, pinched in deep to deke and beat Swedish goalie, and Blue Jackets prospect, Oscar Dansk for the game-winner. Blackhawks prospect Teuvo Teravainen assisted on all three Finnish goals.
Here’s video of the game-winner. Enjoy the Finnish call of the game.
Celebrating victory gets weird when you’re in Sweden though as Ristolainen shows in this GIF courtesy of CJZero.
Pippi Longstocking wigs are so in, you guys. It’s a Swedish thing so that’s just super.
It turned out to be a good tournament for fans of the Sabres and Nashville Predators. Swedish forward Filip Forsberg was named MVP of the tournament as well as Best Forward and was one of the tourney’s all-stars up front. Teravainen and Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha were also named to the all-star team.
Ristolainen won the award for Best Defenseman and he along with Russian defenseman Nikita Zadorov were named to the tournament’s all-star team as was Finnish goalie and Predators prospect Juuse Saros.
Next year’s tournament moves to Canada where it’ll be held in Toronto and Montreal. With Canada not winning a medal the past two years and not having won gold in five years, the pressure will be on.
The Florida Panthers have high hopes that defenseman Erik Gudbranson will return to their lineup as soon as Monday.
George Richards of the Miami Herald hears from Panthers coach Peter Horachek about the big blue-liner’s status.
“We’re hopeful he could play on this trip, as early as Monday,” Horachek said. “He’ll have to wear the cage because of the surgery. You can’t risk a direct hit.”
Gudbranson has been out with an orbital bone injury and will wear a cage on his helmet when he returns. He last played on December 20 against Winnipeg and has missed five games. The Panthers have gone 2-2-1 in his absence.