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PHT Morning Skate: Sens’ rookie Curtis Lazar makes a get-well card for Chris Phillips

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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.

Ottawa Senators rookie Curtis Lazar has been living with veteran defenseman Chris Phillips this season. With Phillips undergoing season-ending back surgery on Tuesday, Lazar sketched a get well soon message for his landlord.

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Here’s another look at the highlights from Tuesday night’s triple overtime game between the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks, which went into the early hours of Wednesday before Brent Seabrook scored the winner.

With the Edmonton winning the NHL Draft Lottery and likely selecting Connor McDavid in June, hockey insider Darren Dreger says Oilers GM Craig MacTavish will be busy this summer doing some “big game hunting” in an effort to address some of his team’s needs. (TSN)

Dustin Byfuglien was on the ice for three of the Anaheim goals in Game 3 and took an undisciplined penalty for his blow to Corey Perry following the Ducks 2-1 goal in the second period. The 30-year-old has been held off the score sheet while registering a minus-3 rating and four penalty minutes through the first three games of the series. All this is has led Matt Larkin over at The Hockey News to write that Byfuglien is hurting his team. (THN)

TSN Radio1200’s Matt Kaunisviita produced a Bob Dylan parody song to “Like A Rolling Stone” titled, “And The Rookie Stone…” referencing Sens’ rookie Mark Stone. (TSN 1200)

Byfuglien channels Marshawn Lynch, repeats same phrase with reporters (Updated with video)

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From this morning’s media availability in Winnipeg:

No word if Byfuglien was just there so he wouldn’t get fined, but there’s no question his play has been put under the microscope after the Jets fell 3-0 down in their series with the Ducks.

From the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle:

Dustin Byfuglien – one of their best players and one of the biggest reasons they even made the postseason – foolishly punching the Anaheim Ducks’ Corey Perry after a key goal against, taking a bad penalty at a bad time to force his team shorthanded while they were already reeling.

Down 2-0 in the series, Winnipeg had to have this game against the top team in the West.

In part due to plays like that, they didn’t get it.

We’re not quite ready to write off the Jets. A Winnipeg win tomorrow and all of a sudden the Ducks will be feeling some pressure to take care of business at home in Game 5.

But considering the Jets went into the playoffs with people questioning 1) team discipline and 2) Byfuglien’s leadership, it’s interesting how things have played out.

In the first two games, Anaheim scored three power-play goals.

Then, last night, in the most important game in franchise history, Byfuglien took “a penalty he can’t take.”

But as long as they stick together as a team, perhaps they’ll be all right.

Related: No further discipline for Byfuglien after Perry hit

Updated: Here’s the video…

No further discipline for Byfuglien after Perry hit

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Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien won’t face any supplemental discipline for his antics in Monday’s OT loss to Anaheim, an NHL spokesman confirmed.

Byfuglien was given a two-minute roughing minor after running Ducks forward Corey Perry from behind just after Perry had scored to give his team a 2-1 lead:

“Obviously, we don’t like it,” Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau said after the game, per the OC Register. “It was a tough play.”

The incident comes just weeks after Byfuglien was slapped with a four-game suspension for a “dangerous” crosscheck on Rangers forward J.T. Miller.

Ducks’ Rakell makes franchise history with overtime winner

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Rickard Rakell will go down in the history books.

Not only did the 21-year-old center score the overtime winner against the Winnipeg Jets in a Game 3 victory for the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, silencing a crowd and a city that hadn’t hosted a Stanley Cup playoff game in 19 years, he became the youngest player in franchise history to score an OT playoff goal, as per the league.

Meanwhile, the Jets once again felt the pain of defeat. On home ice, too, with a crowd that was loud and clad almost completely in white.

Three times in this series, the Jets have had the lead in the third period. Three times, they’ve lost. They’re now facing elimination and a possible sweep.

“Yeah, it’s hard. It’ just more of the same. We lead the whole damn series and we’re 0-3. That’s the way it goes. That’s hockey. We just have to find a way to get that first one,” Jets forward Blake Wheeler told the Winnipeg Sun.

“Don’t allow them to score. If we had a better answer, it would probably be 3-0 right now. You’ve got to win four games. We’ve won four in a row before. The first one’s going to be the hardest one, apparently. So just lick our wounds tonight. It’s going to hurt obviously, and the sun’s going to rise tomorrow and we have to refocus for Game 4.”

Ducks silence Winnipeg’s whiteout crowd with OT win, push Jets to brink of elimination

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The third time wasn’t the charm for the Winnipeg Jets. Meanwhile, the same can’t be said for the Anaheim Ducks.

For a third straight time in this physical first-round series, the Ducks went into the third period trailing and again they were able to come back for a win. Anaheim took Game 3 on Monday by a final score of 5-4 in overtime, pushing the Jets to the brink of elimination with a 3-0 series lead.

So much anticipation had been building for this event.

The first Stanley Cup playoff game in Winnipeg since 1996. The fans were loud. There was a whiteout in the MTS Centre. And the Jets, after three goals in a wild second period to gain the lead, were two minutes and 14 seconds away from a big win and getting back into the series.

Then Ryan Kesler, who was front and center throughout this game, scored the tying goal, eventually sending it to the extra period. That’s when Rickard Rakell, involved in a knee-on-knee collision in the first period, was given credit for the winner on a deflection in front of Ondrej Pavelec.

That stunned the crowd and the Jets.